[ Updated 18 January 2020 ]
Pre-departure testing requirements for travellers to New Zealand
The New Zealand Government now requires travellers from the UK or the US to have a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of their first scheduled international flight.
[ Updated 27 October 2020 ]
Due to developments in New Zealand’s COVID-19 status, there have been some recent changes in managed isolation and immigration requirements.
Travellers to New Zealand will now need to register on the Managed Isolation Allocation System as the first step to securing their place in managed isolation for their arrival to New Zealand. By registering for a place in managed isolation, the traveller(s) will be provided with a voucher confirming that they have been allocated a place in a managed isolation facility. This is becoming a legal requirement and airlines will not be permitted to board you or your family if you do not have a voucher. For further information please read through the information on the MIQ website – https://www.miq.govt.nz/travel-to-new-zealand/secure-your-place-in-managed-isolation/
Travellers are now also required to cover the cost of their managed isolation period, and this is something you may wish to discuss with your employer as to whether they are willing to contribute towards these charges. Charges for managed isolation are as follows: $3,100 for a single adult, $950 for each additional adult and $475 for each additional child (3-17 years of age) in the same room. There is no charge for children under 3. Please view the following link for detailing the costs involved – https://www.miq.govt.nz/being-in-managed-isolation/charges-for-managed-isolation/
The usual application process taken when applying for a work visa has also subsequently changed. Travellers are now required to submit a request for travel requesting entry into New Zealand before beginning their visa application. A $45 fee is involved. The form can be found here:
For more information regarding up to date immigration changes, please visit the Immigration New Zealand website – https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/covid-19/coronavirus-update-inz-response
Due to the resurgence of COVID-19 in the Auckland region, the government made the decision to undertake a second lockdown in Auckland with the region moving to Alert Level 3, and the rest of New Zealand to Alert Level 2 on 12 August 2020. In order to contain the outbreak, these restrictions remained in place across New Zealand for almost 6 weeks, with the exception of the Auckland region which returned to Alert Level 1 at the beginning of October. The wearing of face coverings on public transport became mandatory on Monday 31 August, while any region is in Alert Level 2 or higher. Currently at Alert Level 1, you are not legally required to wear a face covering due to there being no evidence of community transmission of COVID-19.
[ Updated 29 April 2020 ]
As the COVID-19 situation evolves, NZRGPN and NZLocums have been monitoring developments across the country and the globe and we are acting in a proactive manner to mitigate the impact to our teams and all those we work closely with: our members, locums, rural practice teams and our partners. As you will be aware, the New Zealand Government has made a difficult decision in ensuring the health and safety of our people.
On Wednesday 25 March 2020 in an effort to slow the transmission of Covid-19, New Zealand will be going into lock down moving to security level 4, the highest level of the Covid-19 alert system. What this means is that all New Zealanders will be required to stay within their home environment and only allowed out to collect essential supplies and a short walk for fresh air and fitness, however there are conditions around this. All essential services will remain open however non-essential businesses will close initially for a 4 week period. Please see the following link which outlines what are deemed as essential services which includes health services.
Due to these changes we would like to let you know the following:
- We will be shutting down the physical office from Wednesday 25 March 2020 as per the recommendations made by the New Zealand Government.
- We will all be working remotely to continue with our business as usual as far as possible and aim to continue to provide you with support and assistance.
- We will of course still be maintaining our core NZLocums service through this period and will be working hard to continue to meet as many recruitment needs as we are able.
NZLocums is the only recruitment agency funded by the Government to assist rural general practice with their recruitment and retention needs. The practices across the country whom we support are viewed as an essential service and during these turbulent times require additional doctor support. We support the increased need for doctors and view what we do as vital to ensure that these essential businesses stay open and service their communities effectively.
The emerging and evolving situation will of course impact the numbers of locums that are available so we will be working with practices to prioritise those areas of greatest need wherever we can.
On 24 April 2020, NZRGPN announced extra funded locum support assistance, in direct response to the Covid-19 situation, which is available to rural practices. See here for more information.
Please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com
The Ministry of Health website has a dedicated COVID-19 website
The Royal New Zealand College of GPs has dedicated resources on their website.