Critical purpose for travelling to New Zealand

The following people are considered to have a critical purpose for travelling to New Zealand:

1.  Critical health workers and their partners and dependent children.

2.  Other critical workers, and their partners and dependent children, unless if not eligible.

3.  People belonging to a class of workers agreed to by Cabinet and who meets certain requirements.

4.  Citizens of Samoa and Tonga making essential travel to New Zealand where this travel has been officially requested by the  Government of Samoa or Tonga, and this request has been formally approved by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

5.  People who have humanitarian reasons for travel to New Zealand.

6.  The partner, dependent child or legal guardian of a New Zealand citizen or residence class visa holder (with the exception of the holder of a resident visa granted outside New Zealand who has not entered New Zealand as the holder of the visa), who is either:

  • travelling with that New Zealand citizen or residence class visa holder; or 
  • ordinarily resident in New Zealand;
  • or has a visa based on their relationship to the New Zealand citizen or residence class visa holder.

7.  People who hold a visitor, work or student visa and:

  • are ordinarily resident in New Zealand; and
  • are the partner or dependent child of a work or student visa holder who is in New Zealand.

8.  Replacement cargo ship crew travelling to New Zealand by air.

9.  Marine crew arriving by the maritime border (H5.31).

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