Int’l Student Travel Plans to New Zealand Still Unseen

Int’l Student Travel Plans to New Zealand Still Unseen

Int’l Student Travel Plans to New Zealand Still Unseen

Key Takeaways:

  • Returning to New Zealand is still out of the question for international students
  • There are still no major amendments to the current plans for international students to come back to New Zealand
  • Phases need to be followed by international students to return to New Zealand

New Zealand—Plans for international students returning to New Zealand soon are still out of sight with no amendments to the current plans that will allow them to enter the country again.

During the International Education Forum 2021 in Auckland, New Zealand Education Minister Chris Hipkins said that there have been no major amendments to the current plans for international students to travel back to New Zealand. He added that the government is prioritizing the health, safety, and well-being of the country’s residents.

In October 2020, the New Zealand government provided a category that will permit 250 international PhD and postgraduate students to continue their studies in the country. 

In January, New Zealand announced that up to 1,000 bachelor and postgraduate students might be eligible for an exemption to their border restrictions if they have been nominated by their education provider and if they carry a study visa to New Zealand. Hipkins said that this border exception is part of the recovery plan for the country’s international education sector.

The education minister added that the students’ return to New Zealand will be done in phases, starting with a batch of 300 students that will be allowed entry starting in April. The remaining students were expected to return in the following months as allowed by the country’s Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) availability. 

The MIQ is the primary helping factor that backs residents of New Zealand as well as international travellers to enter the country. Aside from the MIQ, New Zealand also has an online portal called Managed Isolation Allocation System that secures the place of everyone travelling to the country in a managed isolation facility before they board their flight.

However, out of the planned 1,000 students, fewer than 150 were reportedly allowed into the country more than half a year into the recovery plan. This is mainly attributed to the lack of MIQ availability, eligibility issues, and long application process.

MSM Unify is your one-stop source platform that connects students, higher education institutions, and agents in New Zealand and the world. Join the conversation now. Subscribe to get the latest updates and information on international education.


Recent posts

Filter by Categories


An internal error occurred during your request.


Are you sure, you want to logout?

Yes, I am sure! No

Write for Us

Do you have a story to tell that will get students excited about learning? Are you an institution eager to reach out to students and share insights about the latest in edtech? Or are you an agent armed with useful information that can help students prepare and become successful with their international education? Do you handle a student organization and want to share your thoughts about pressing issues?

We want to hear from you!

MSM Unify welcomes pitches about every topic you can think about international education, professional learning, comprehensive assessments, technology integration, and everything in between.

Send us a message through our Contact Us page, and be sure to include the following details:

  • A few details about your post and an outline.
  • Links to any graphics or images you want to use.
  • Your target audience.
  • A short author bio with details about your role.

Note: Please make your submissions at least 800 to 1,000 words. We only accept original articles. Posts that have been published on other platforms will not be accepted.

MSM Unify Editorial Process

Your submitted pitch will be discussed by our editorial team. Once we decide to accept it, one of our editors will contact you for further discussions.

All articles submitted to MSM Unify will be subject to our Terms of Use.