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NZ Covid-19 Update

New Zealand Van Lines are open for business and in full operation. The wellbeing of our customers and our staff is our top priority, please be rest assured that no matter what protection framework we operate in, we will adhere to strict health and safety requirements. 

Please read the latest updates on New Zealand’s Covid protection framework and international travel.

New Zealand COVID-19 Protection Framework:

New Zealand moved into the COVID-19 Protection Framework ‘Traffic Light System’ as of Friday 3rd December, 2021. The framework will continue to protect New Zealanders, minimising the impact of COVID-19 through three settings – Red, Orange and Green. The whole of New Zealand is currently in the ‘Red’ setting. The new Covid-19 Protection Framework provides a guide to protecting one another, keeping our health system running well and businesses open. 

Who can enter New Zealand now?

The following people can enter New Zealand now from anywhere in the world and self-test on arrival.

  • Vaccinated and unvaccinated New Zealand citizens
  • Vaccinated New Zealand residents
  • Vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents
  • Current temporary work and student visa holders, with a valid visa who can still meet their visa requirements — this includes both visa holders currently offshore, and those in New Zealand who choose to travel overseas and wish to return
  • Up to 5,000 international students, for semester 2
  • Vaccinated travellers with a border exception
  • Vaccinated travellers on a working holiday scheme
  • Other vaccinated eligible travellers under current border settings

From 11:59 pm 1 May 2022

The following vaccinated people can enter New Zealand and self-test on arrival:

  • Visitors from countries who do not need a visa (visa waiver visitors)
  • Visitors from other countries who already hold a valid visitor visa

From July 2022

Vaccinated travellers arriving under the Accredited Employer Work Visa categories can enter New Zealand and self-test on arrival.

From October 2022

All visa categories will reopen, including visitor and student visas.

As this is a fluid environment, please note governments can change regulations at short notice. For more information please visit:

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Stay safe and take care from the New Zealand Van Lines team.

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