Coronavirus Update #2

New Zealand Immigration Update: February 2019

In response to the coronavirus outbreak (2019-nCoV) in China the NZ Government has placed temporary restrictions on entry to NZ for individuals who have recently left or transited through mainland China.


The New Zealand (NZ) Government has placed temporary restrictions on entry to NZ, in response to the recent coronavirus outbreak. The two restrictions are as follows:

  1. All foreign travellers who have left or transited through mainland China after 2 February 2020 (NZ time) will be refused entry into NZ.

  2. NZ citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family members will still be able to enter NZ, but they must isolate themselves for the first 14 days of arrival.


The NZ Government has extended these restrictions, until Monday 24 February 2020 (NZ time). However, the restrictions are being reviewed every 48 hours, and we expect that they will still be in place after this date.

The Immigration New Zealand (INZ) China Beijing office remains temporarily closed during this time. INZ will continue to re-route applications to other branches where possible, to minimise delays. 

Our advice

INZ are working around the clock to manage the situation, but if you intend to or have recently left or transited through mainland China, your entry to NZ will likely be affected.


Please get in touch with one of our experts today. 

Natasha Rae

Immigration – Senior Associate

+64 3 335 3483

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Jackson Hagen

Immigration – Solicitor

+64 3 385 3480

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Kendal Cosgrove

Immigration – Law Clerk

+64 3 339 5636

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