Announced by INZ, 08 April 2021
New Zealand has Working Holiday Scheme agreements with many countries. Visas granted under these schemes allow visa holders to work in and explore our country.
In April 2020, the Government deferred the opening of capped Working Holiday Schemes, as part of New Zealand’s response to COVID-19.
On 6 April 2021, the Government decided to continue deferring the opening of all capped WHS until the New Zealand border settings are such that applications can be accepted and processed, visas can be granted, and visa holders can travel to New Zealand for the full entitlement of their WHS visa.
Uncapped Working Holiday Schemes remain open to people already in New Zealand. However, when New Zealand enters a Quarantine-Free Travel Zone with Australia, eligible applicants in Australia will also be able to apply for a visa under the uncapped schemes. This would apply if New Zealand enters Quarantine-Free Travel Zones with other countries as well.
INZ continues to work with temporary migrants and sectors affected by the COVID-19 border restrictions.