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1) Australians NOT ordinarily resident in New Zealand
Australian citizens and Australian Permanent Residents who are not ordinarily resident in New Zealand need a critical purpose to enter New Zealand.
This typically requires a Border Exception Expression of Interest (EOI) to be lodged by the employer (or by a Licensed Immigration Adviser for the employer): https://www.immigration.govt.nz/formshelp/employer-request-for-critical-worker
2) Australians ordinarily resident in New Zealand
Australian citizens and Australian Permanent Residents who ordinarily reside in New Zealand can travel to New Zealand without first requesting a border exception. However, INZ recommend you check your eligibility before your intended departure by completing a ‘request to travel’: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/formshelp/request-for-travel-to-new-zealand-australian
You must provide acceptable evidence at airport check-in clearly showing that you are ordinarily resident in New Zealand. This may include but is not limited to:
- A New Zealand driver licence, or evidence of tax residency with Inland Revenue;
- documentation confirming current employment in New Zealand;
- documentation confirming you own or rent property in New Zealand — for example, utility bills, rates notices, lease agreement.
Your residency will be verified against your travel history before Immigration New Zealand makes a decision if you are allowed to board your flight.
More information is available on: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/covid-19/border-closures-and-exceptions/entry-to-new-zealand/border-entry-requirements
In addition to the above, you will also require the below:
- A MIQ voucher: you may either try the MIQ “lottery” or apply via your employer for the Construction Sector Accord MIQ vouchers for construction workers (if you are eligible).
- A proof of COVID-19 vaccination: https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-levels-and-updates/latest-updates/new-vaccination-requirement-for-non-citizen-travellers-to-new-zealand/
- You must get a pre-departure PCR test within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time of your first international flight. Please note that both the sample and the result need to be completed within those 72 hours.
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