New Zealand's border reopens
Immigration New Zealand (INZ) announced that the country's borders will be fully open for the first time since March 2020. Immigration New Zealand will now begin accepting visitors with visas and those on student visas again.
This is the first time that New Zealand's borders have been fully open since they shut in an effort to keep out Covid-19. The full reopening of the border is a welcome relief for many, who have been stuck outside of New Zealand for months. For others, it is a chance to finally reunite with loved ones who they have not seen for over two years. Either way, it is an exciting time for New Zealanders and those who have been hoping to visit the country.
The reopening of the border is a significant step towards returning New Zealand to normalcy.
Update on 2021 Resident Visa Category Immigration instructions
The New Zealand 2021 Resident Visa category has been closed as of 31 July 2022. All immigration instructions for this category have been revoked. This means that no new applications for this visa will be accepted and all current applications will be processed according to the new instructions.
If you are currently in the process of applying for this visa, you will need to submit your application under the new instructions. Applications lodged before 1 August 2022 will continue to be determined in accordance with the instructions that were in force when the application was made.