26 February 2020
Meanwhile in New Zealand….. Corona Virus Update
The New Zealand Government has had restrictions in place regarding the entry of foreign nationals coming from or transiting through mainland China since 2 February. This restriction has just been extended until 3 March and is being reviewed every 48 hours. The current restrictions are twofold:
- All foreign nationals who have left from or transited through mainland China on their way to New Zealand in the 14 days immediately preceding the intended arrival in New Zealand are being denied entry.
- NZ citizens and permanent residents (including residence class visa holders with valid travel conditions) and their immediate family (partner and dependent children up to the age of 24) are permitted to enter New Zealand, but will be required to self-isolate for 14 days after their arrival. Note that this also includes Australian citizens and permanent residents whose primary place of residence is New Zealand.
In addition, the Immigration New Zealand (INZ) processing office located in Beijing has been closed since earlier this month, and will remain closed for now. A large component of their case load is being allocated to other INZ offices, but this may impact the processing times for visitor visas in particular.
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