Helping families reunite and supporting economic recovery with border exceptions
Published: 12 June 2020
Today the Government is taking the next steps to safely help reunite New Zealand families, and support economic recovery without increasing the risk of COVID-19, say Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway.
Key changes include:
- Removing the need for partners and dependants of NZ citizens and residents to travel together to return home when they have a relationship-based visa or are ordinarily resident in New Zealand
- Allowing entry of maritime vessels where there is a compelling need
- Allowing entry for diplomats taking up new posts
- Introducing short term and long term criteria for Other Essential Workers requests
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