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New Zealand families offered new pathway to reunite

New Zealand citizens, permanent residents and residents with valid travel conditions returning to New Zealand do not need approval from Immigration New Zealand before travelling.


From 18 June

Changes for partners, dependants, essential workers and diplomats expected to be in effect.

Later in June

Maritime changes to be in effect.

From 18 June partners and dependants of New Zealand citizens and residents who are ordinarily resident in New Zealand or hold a visa on the basis of their relationship will no longer need to travel with their New Zealand citizen or resident family member to be granted an exception to the border closure.

Other new exceptions: 

  • those arriving by sea where there is a compelling need for the vessel to travel to New Zealand
  • extending the current exception for diplomats to include those taking up new posts in New Zealand
  • new criteria for other essential (critical) workers.