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NZ (almost) lowers the drawbridge

In a statement made at 1pm today our Covid response Minister, Chris Hipkins, announced New Zealand’s plan for opening up borders which, although it lacks a lot of detail does, at the very least, give us a rough plan to work with...

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NZ (almost) lowers the drawbridge

In a statement made at 1pm today our Covid response Minister, Chris Hipkins, announced New Zealand’s plan for opening up borders which, although it lacks a lot of detail does, at the very least, give us a rough plan to work with...

Paul

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NZ (almost) lowers the drawbridge

Posted by Paul on Nov. 24, 2021, 12:54 p.m. in New Zealand Borders

In a statement made at 1pm today our Covid response Minister, Chris Hipkins, announced New Zealand’s plan for opening up borders which, although it lacks a lot of detail does, at the very least, give us a rough plan to work with.

In short, it is going to look like this:

·         From 11.59pm on 16 January 2022, fully vaccinated New Zealanders and other eligible travellers can travel to New Zealand from Australia without staying in managed isolation or quarantine, Hipkins says.

·         From 11.59pm on 13 February, fully vaccinated New Zealanders and other eligible travellers can travel to New Zealand from all other countries.

·         From 30 April, fully vaccinated foreign travellers can travel to New Zealand. This will happen in a staged way.

The definition of what constitutes an “other eligible traveller” has yet to be seen and of course there will be a self-isolation and pre-departure testing process as well. Also it is important to note the reference to a staged opening for foreign travellers which is likely to consist of certain Visa types being allowed to come in, across different timelines, so I wouldn’t expect the gates to immediately open to all and sundry from 30 April 2022.

Despite the lack of specifics, what this does give us (and it is long overdue) is a clear signal that New Zealand is moving towards reconnecting with the world and the first half of 2022 is potentially set to bring about some pretty big opportunities for those looking to make the move here.

More details to follow as they are released.

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Nov. 24, 2021, 5:18 p.m. by Adrian Schultz

Thanks Paul.

Though as you say this "relaxation" lacks specifics, it will at the very least give many potential migrants new hope.

Keep well.
Adrian

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Nov. 24, 2021, 5:18 p.m. by Adrian Schultz

Thanks Paul.

Though as you say this "relaxation" lacks specifics, it will at the very least give many potential migrants new hope.

Keep well.
Adrian

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Nov. 24, 2021, 6:05 p.m. by Blessing Takudzwa Chakamanga

Good news to potential migrants.

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Nov. 24, 2021, 6:56 p.m. by Steve

Hi Paul

It's all very hopeful but for those that have medical exemption it doesn't mention anything about that (e.i) if I have a medical condition that exempts me from having the CVD/jab therapy for reasons being let's just say I'm under medical supervision for severe medical condition.

Will i be allowed to process with the visa application?

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Nov. 24, 2021, 7:20 p.m. by Paul Janssen
Hi Steve, it is difficult for me to advise anyone where I don't know much about them but in terms of vaccines and travel, there will be exemptions available for those that can prove there is a valid medical reason for not having one. Obviously if you were to undertake an assessment with us we could potentially give you a more detailed outline of what this process might mean for you.
Nov. 24, 2021, 8:03 p.m. by Steve
Thanks Paul I'm on board with Immagine as ihave previously taken the assessment back in 2019 if recall I'm registered under Hamish Brown.
Nov. 24, 2021, 8:03 p.m. by Steve
Thanks Paul I'm on board with Immagine as ihave previously taken the assessment back in 2019 if recall I'm registered under Hamish Brown.
Nov. 24, 2021, 8:13 p.m. by Paul Janssen
Hi Steve, having a consultation is the first step but quite different from being an active client. Also 2019 might as well have been a lifetime ago :-) I would recommend an updated assessment via our website because obviously much has changed...
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Nov. 24, 2021, 9:27 p.m. by Johan Marnewick

looks like we are finally going to do that glass of wine in NZ Paul !
I still don't understand why such weird dates are set but iMMagine it must be concern about opening the floodgates for the December holiday period

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Nov. 25, 2021, 11:25 p.m. by Hema Chunder

Hi Paul thanks for sharing this information and giving us new hope in terms of the migration process. i has an assessment done in either 2018 or 2019 and am so looking forward to taking migration to a next level.

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