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COVID-19 Measures: All You Need To Know For International Students In New Zealand

Known for its breathtaking beauty, natural landscapes and strong reputation in tertiary education, New Zealand is one of the most popular study destinations for students around the world to pursue a quality education.

However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, students seeking to travel or return to New Zealand will have to take more precautionary measures in order to successfully study in the country.

In this article, we will highlight all of the necessary measures and rules you will need to follow to travel safely to New Zealand and minimise any delays to your school term.

What You Must Know To Study In New Zealand During The Pandemic

1. New Zealand’s Border Status For International Students

New Zealand has shifted to traffic lights system, which means the New Zealand borders are closed to almost all travellers to curb the spread of COVID-19.

However, there are limited exceptions for students looking to travel to New Zealand for their studies.

Up to 250 PhD and postgraduate students are eligible to study in New Zealand, however, they will have to hold a visa to study in the country plus prove they have $15,000 per year for living costs.

In addition, up to 1,000 bachelor and postgraduate students can travel to the country for their studies but are restricted to returning students who have studied in New Zealand in 2019 or 2020 but couldn’t continue due to the border closure.

They will also have to provide evidence that they have at least NZD $20,000 annually for living expenses.

2. What To Know & Pack Before Leaving For New Zealand

If you are a student looking to return to New Zealand for your studies, you will first have to be nominated by your education provider and ensure you have documented evidence to show that you have enough money for your cost of living.

You will also have to showcase that you have additional funds to pay for managed isolation and quarantine. Depending on your education provider, some of these costs might be subsidised for you.

If you have been selected as one of 1,250 students to return to New Zealand for your studies, you will have to undergo a mandatory 2 week managed isolation in government-approved facilities.

If you have a partner or dependant, you can apply for a relationship based visa to allow them to travel with you to New Zealand. You can learn more here.

All travellers to New Zealand will have to also take a COVID-19 test and return a negative result within 72 hours of their first scheduled international flight.

3. Quarantine Rules To Take Note Of In New Zealand

All international students travelling to New Zealand will be required to firstly secure their place in managed isolation through the managed isolation allocation system before boarding for their flight.

You will have to spend 14 days in managed isolation and if you are tested to have COVID-19 or are showing COVID-19 symptoms, you will be placed separately in a quarantine area or facility. This quarantine procedure is mandatory even if you have received a COVID-19 vaccination.

Additionally, if you refuse a COVID-19 test, you will be required to stay up to a total of 28 days.

When in quarantine, you will be expected to adhere to a list of personal responsibilities that include:

  • Maintaining safe physical distancing of 2 metres
  • Pre-departure COVID-19 testing. Wearing a medical mask outside of your room.
  • Reporting any possible COVID-19 symptoms. Take a COVID-19 test by day 1 and around day 3 and 12.
  • Providing up-to-date post departure contact details.

If these quarantine measures are breached, you may be subject to police action as well as additional time spent in managed isolation.

4. General COVID-19 Regulations For Daily Living In New Zealand

While New Zealand isn’t in lockdown, the government has a set of guidelines that students in the country should follow to curb the spread of the virus and to keep safe.

These include wearing a face mask or covering in crowded places such as indoors or on public transport, staying home if you are feeling unwell and tracking the places visited through the COVID-19 tracing app.

Additionally, it will be good practice to also keep up with good hygiene practices such as washing your hands and frequently utilising hand sanitisers, especially after you have been outdoors.

5. IDP Student Support Resources

At IDP, we have a collection of resources that will help you better navigate how to study abroad in New Zealand during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Find out more about the local COVID-19 situation and updates on New Zealand's official page for international students here.

You can get in touch with us through our helpline here.

Understand how to study abroad safely and how to better prepare for your overseas adventure.

Keep up to date with the latest border status of various study destinations from Canada to Australia on our resource page here.

Have further questions about studying abroad during the pandemic? We have all of the answers for you in our article here.

Study Abroad Safely In New Zealand With IDP

Navigating the landscape to study abroad in breathtaking New Zealand can get confusing, especially during this pandemic period.

That’s why at IDP, we are here to help make things easier.

With our team of education counsellors, we will help you through the entire process of course application, university selection and help prepare you for your journey to New Zealand.

Book your free counselling session today and begin your study abroad adventure today!

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