6 December 2021 at 2:30 pm

COVID-19 information for the international education sector

International students are a valued part of our education sector and our community. This information is to help students, agents and education providers understand what is happening on education and immigration in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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This page is updated regularly.  However, the latest official New Zealand Government information with full details on New Zealand’s COVID-19 response are at covid19.govt.nz.

Information for international students who are in New Zealand is at NauMai NZ – COVID-19: what you need to know.

Information for people outside of New Zealand is at World Health Organisation – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Education in New Zealand

New Zealand’s COVID-19 Protection Framework, known as the traffic lights system, has rules for education that depend on the traffic light setting for each region.

Education providers can open, but you may have to follow public health measures such as wearing a face covering. Find out more about Education at Red and  Education at Orange.

Find information and advice on COVID-19 from:

International education providers have signed New Zealand’s Education (Pastoral Care of Tertiary and International Learners) Code of Practice 2021. They have an important responsibility to make sure students are well informed, safe and properly cared for.

Find out if you are eligible for financial support using the COVID-19 financial support tool.

Entry to New Zealand

Entry to New Zealand remains strictly controlled to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The New Zealand Government’s top priority is to keep everyone in New Zealand safe and well. We’re looking forward to welcoming international students into New Zealand again, but we need to make sure we do so in a way that is safe for everyone.

International students can enter New Zealand if they are eligible for one of these border exceptions and if places are still available:

If you are eligible for a border class exception, you must be nominated by your education provider and the Ministry of Education. Do not apply to travel to New Zealand until your education provider tells you to do so. Find out more about studying in New Zealand with a border class exception. If you have been given a border class exception, read about arriving in New Zealand.

Find out more about visas from Immigration New Zealand if:

If you have a question, contact Immigration New Zealand

Those people who are permitted to travel to New Zealand must stay in Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) for 7 days. Those who are not New Zealand citizens or residents must pay for it. They will then have to complete a period of self-isolation. There are some quarantine-free travel exceptions to this.

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New Zealand will begin allowing fully vaccinated foreign nationals to travel to New Zealand from 30 April 2022 onwards, with the reopening staged over time and possibly by visa category. The New Zealand Government has not yet announced the date from which any specific group of foreign nationals, such as international students, will be able to travel to New Zealand or to apply for visas to do so. Read more about the next steps to reconnecting New Zealand to the world.

At this stage, in most cases, international students in New Zealand who leave the country over summer will not be able to return for the start of the 2022 academic year.  

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