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New Zealand border reopening fully from end of July

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed the border will fully reopen from the end of July, including for cruise ships and international students.

The government has long signalled it intended to bring that date forward, however, and Ardern confirmed it would kick in from 11.59 pm on 31 July - bringing the opening forward two months - allowing tourists with visas to begin arriving from August.

Dates of note:

  • 2 May: Waiver Visitor visas open.

  • 4 July: Work visas Accredited Employer Work Visa opens for applications

  • 31 July: Visitor and student visas fully reopen, Maritime borders reopen (including to cruise ships)

From the end of July, all international students who meet normal entry criteria can enroll for study in Worldwide School of English.

Changes to international student work rights:

  • Students in non-degree level courses do not get post-study work rights except in specified shortages and skilled occupations

  • Degree-level and other eligible international students' work rights last the same length as their studies. Masters and Ph.D. students will retain the right to work in New Zealand for up to three years after their studies

  • Students will also not be able to apply for a second post-study visa in New Zealand


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