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New Zealand’s border fully open to visitors and students

Updated: Feb 20, 2023

  • New Zealand’s international border opens to all visitors, including from non-visa waiver countries, and international students from 11:59PM, 31 July 2022.

  • Cruise ships and recreational yachts able to arrive at New Zealand ports.

This evening marks the final step in the Government’s reconnecting plan, with visitors from non-visa waiver countries and international students able to apply for a visa to enter New Zealand.


Since April, visitors from our key markets such as Australia have been able to travel to New Zealand, and it’s great to see the recovery of the tourism sector back on track. We’re seeing a strong uptick in arrivals from Australia and the US, with Queenstown in particular receiving a surge in visitors.


The change to border settings marks the final milestone for NZ's reconnecting strategy.


The changes in border settings today meant the resumption of key visa categories including students and visitors. Now that our borders are fully open, individuals who are coming to New Zealand to work will primarily use the Accredited Employer Work Visa, which opened on 4 July, to enter the country.

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