Update: The 3-step plan for travellers to enter New Zealand without going into managed isolation and quarantine has been delayed to help control the spread of the Omicron variant. This will be reviewed in late February 2022. This means that anybody looking to travel to New Zealand before the end of February 2022 will need to book a managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) place.
We encourage all potential applicants to stay up to date with developments as they happen by regularly checking the Travel to New Zealand page on the MIQ website
Step 1: Check your eligibility
To meet the criteria for a dedicated critical health and disability worker MIQ place you need to be able to answer yes to all of the following questions.
- a critical health and disability worker as defined on the Immigration New Zealand website?
- currently located outside of New Zealand?
- have proof of a job offer from a New Zealand employer in the health sector?
- have proof of legally being able to work in New Zealand for the proposed employment date(s)?
- have proof of registration with the relevant regulatory authority if required for your profession?
- have proof of vaccination in order to enter the country, if you are not a New Zealand citizen?
- meet the vaccination requirements set out by the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Amendment Order 2021 in order to commence high-risk work in the health and disability sector?
Note: If you are an internationally-qualified nurse undertaking a CAP course approved by the New Zealand Nursing Council, you are also eligible to apply for this MIQ allocation. You will need to show that you already have an established link with a potential employer for when you have successfully completed your CAP course.
Please note that the list of approved vaccines to enter New Zealand as a non-citizen differs from the list of approved vaccines required to conduct work as a high-risk health and disability worker.
If you answer no to any of these questions, and are not an internationally-qualified nurse undertaking a CAP course approved by the New Zealand Nursing Council, you are not eligible for this dedicated MIQ allocation, and will need to apply for an MIQ voucher using the standard process.
Step 2: Create a MIAS account
MIAS is MBIE’s system for assigning MIQ vouchers. If you fill out our application form without creating a MIAS account, you cannot be assigned an MIQ space, so please ensure you do this first.
- Go to https://allocation.miq.govt.nz/portal/
- Select Create Account.
- Enter your first name, surname and email address, and select Create Account.
- Verify your email address by using the link sent to the email address you registered with.
- Choose a password (Note, your password must have 3 lowercase letters, 3 uppercase letters, 3 numbers and 3 symbols), and select Create log in
- Log into your MIAS account using the email address and password you’ve just registered with.
- Fill out Step 1 of the MIAS application process by entering all of your details, and the details of all passengers travelling with you.
- Once you have filled out the details for all passengers, select Start Verification Process.
Step 3: Gather your documentation
Please ensure you have a copy of the following documents in a JPEG or PNG format:
- The photo and signature page of your passport
- Copy of your work or residency visa (if applicable)
- Proof of employment (an offer letter/letter confirming employment)
- Proof of registration with a regulatory authority if required for your profession
Step 4: Place a hold on an incoming flight
You do not need to pay for any flights at this stage, but we recommend placing a hold on an incoming flight if your airline allows you to. The MIQ flight checker page lets you see all incoming flights into New Zealand on the day you intend to arrive to help you plan your journey.
If you are assigned an MIQ voucher for a flight you can’t subsequently book seats on, you will lose your MIQ voucher and will need to reapply for a place, so it’s important that you have talked to your airline to pre-book your seats if you’re given that option.
Due to the delay in opening New Zealand’s borders to account for the Omicron variant, and the higher demand for MIQ places this has caused, any changes to your flights after being assigned an MIQ voucher cannot be accommodated by MBIE unless there has been an unplanned disruption to your flight (for example, your flight has been cancelled or rescheduled by your airline). Please ensure you’ve chosen your flight dates carefully to account for this.
Apply for a critical health and disability worker MIQ place
If you meet the eligibility requirements, have created a MIAS account, got JPEG/PNG copies of all relevant supporting documentation, and have got your proposed arrival date and flight number to hand, you’re ready to apply for a critical health and disability worker MIQ place.
- Critical Health and Disability Worker MIQ application guide (Word, 188 KB)
- Critical Health and Disability Worker MIQ application guide (PDF, 225 KB)