Coronavirus Update #4

New Zealand Immigration Update: March 2020

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, the New Zealand (NZ) government has announced a number of sweeping border restrictions. 


In response to the coronavirus outbreak, the New Zealand (NZ) government has announced a number of sweeping border restrictions.  


The three major updates are as follows.

1. Self-Isolation

From 16 March 2020, anyone entering NZ from anywhere in the world, except parts of the Pacific, will be expected to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. This means that if you have arrived in New Zealand from overseas, you must stay home for 14 days and avoid close contact with other people. This restriction will be in place for at least 30 days, and it is being reviewed every 48 hours.

This applies to everyone, except those arriving from the Islands listed below:

- Cook Islands
- Fiji
- Kiribati
- Marshall Islands
- Federated States of Micronesia
- Nauru
- New Caledonia
- Niue
- Palau
- Papua New Guinea
- Samoa 
- Solomon Islands
- Tonga
- Tuvalu
- Vanuatu
- Tokelau
- Wallis and Futuna

2. Restrictions on entry - China/Iran

Those who have left or have transited through Mainland China or Iran over the prior 14 days, will continue to be refused entry.

3. No cruise ships

There is also a temporary ban on the entry of cruise ships. No cruise ships will enter NZ waters until at least the 30 June 2020.

Note: these restrictions do not apply to cargo ships or marine crew. Freight and goods will continue to come into NZ.

Our advice

Any current or future employees entering NZ from now on will need to self-isolate for 14 days. As a result, they may be delayed in starting or returning to work, if working from home options cannot be used.


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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