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Special Direction—Waiver of Certain Requirements for the Making of a Transit Visa Application During COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

Pursuant to section 57(3) of the Immigration Act 2009, by special direction, the following application requirements under regulation 15(1)(c) and (d) of the Immigration (Visa, Entry Permission, and Related Matters) Regulations 2010 for transit visa applications are waived that:

  1. the application be signed;
  2. the applicant’s passport, or certificate of identity be provided;
  3. 2 passport-sized photographs of the applicant’s head and shoulders be provided; and
  4. the prescribed fee.

Pursuant to section 57(5) of the Immigration Act 2009, the waiver of these application requirements applies to persons who are required to apply for and obtain a transit visa to travel to and be in New Zealand as a transit passenger and who can provide copies of their passport or certificate of identity with their transit visa application.

I am satisfied that the making of this special direction is reasonably necessary to manage the effects, or deal with the consequences of, the outbreak of COVID-19 because it will simplify the transit visa application process which is currently impracticable including because offshore offices which usually receive physical transit visa applications and original supporting documents are closed, and many offshore postal services are severely disrupted.

This special direction expires 12 months from 15 May 2020 unless cancelled earlier.

Dated this 19th day of June 2020.

Hon IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY, Minister of Immigration.

Explanatory Note

The effect of this special direction is to facilitate the application for a transit visa for nationals of countries who must apply for and obtain a transit visa to travel to and be in New Zealand as a transit passenger by reducing the application requirements to enable applications to be made without having to submit original travel documents, photos, fees and signing the application.