MIQ’s 12th voucher release: 838 rooms not taken – 16 Dec 2021

Published: 16 December 2021

At 11am today, the 12th release of rooms through the virtual lobby took place.

Statement by Joint Head of MIQ Chris Bunny

Once again we saw a drop in the number of people participating in today’s room release. There were only 2,997 people in the lobby at 11am – approximately 1,000 less people than last week. This has been a consistent trend since the border re-opening announcement. For a 4th time, everybody that joined the queue had the opportunity to enter the Managed Isolation Allocation System website.

After 1.5 hours, there was no one left in the queue and there were still 1,000 rooms remaining. The room release remained open until 3.10pm, making it the longest room release we have had since the lobby was introduced. The room release ended after 4 hours 10 minutes with 838 rooms still left for December and March dates.

Today was the first room release with a new process for travellers to pre-verify their travel documents (passports and visas) before booking a room. This new process was introduced to make sure all travellers are eligible to enter New Zealand before booking a room. More passengers were verified ahead of the room release than took part in it – approximately 6,500 passengers were verified ahead of time, and only 5,762 passengers took part in the room release.

More than 58,700 people have secured vouchers through the last 12 room releases (including today’s) and there are still several thousand rooms to be released through to March.

Summary of the stats

The lobby opened about 10 minutes before 10am today.

At 11am 2,997 people were moved into the queue – this represented 4,601 passengers. These numbers grew as people entered the queue throughout the room release (these people go to the back of the queue). There were 3,852 people in the queue in total, representing 5,762 passengers.

2,464 people took the opportunity to secure MIQ vouchers – this represented 3,721 passengers from 109 countries, and across 2,506 rooms. The number of available rooms was 3,344 but not all rooms were taken.

All 3,852 people got access to the website and had the chance to book a room, but some chose not to, either because they didn’t want a particular month (e.g. March) or the dates that were left didn’t line up with flight routes from their departure point.

Dates for today’s release were available across December, January, February and March. January and February dates were the most popular. The room release finished with 838 rooms left for December and March (457 for December and 381 for March).

Approximately 40% of people who participated in the room release today were based in New Zealand. This could be people booking on behalf of other people based overseas, or could be people planning to travel overseas for business, to see family etc and return to New Zealand.  

The next room release is to be confirmed.

We have already brought more than 200,000 people back to New Zealand safely and will continue to focus on the safe return of more Kiwis.

Rooms released today

December – 999 (not all taken)

January – 983

February – 570

March – 792 (not all taken)

Top countries (by departure point)

Note: This is people not rooms:

Australia – 922 passengers

India – 458 passengers

Great Britain – 402 passengers

USA – 360 passengers

China – 122 passengers

Fiji – 96 passengers

United Arab Emirates — 90 passengers

Canada – 86 passengers

Pakistan – 86 passengers

Hong Kong – 83 passengers

Room release 12 – 16 Dec Room release 11 – 7 Dec Room release 10 – 30 Nov Room release 9 – 25 Nov Room release 8 – 18 Nov Room release 7 – 9 Nov Room release 6 – 2 Nov Room release 5 – 21 Oct Room release 4 – 12 Oct Room release 3 – 5 Oct Room release 2 – 28 Sept Room release 1 – 20 Sept
People in lobby 2,997 representing 4,601 passengers1 4,023 – representing 6,131 passengers1 4,498 – representing 6,909 passengers1 5,426 –representing 8,182 passengers1 14,599 – representing 22,406 passengers1 14,205 – representing 22,458 passengers1 15,925 19,823 22,459 25,100 26,700 25,000
Total people in queue 3,852 representing 5,762 passengers1 4,710 – representing 7,092 passengers1 5,315 – representing 8,037 passengers1 6,307 – representing 9,341 passengers1 16,278 – representing 24,675 passengers1 16,277 – representing 24,695 passengers1 17,665 – representing 26,580 passengers1 21,368 24,987 28,406 31,319 31,900
Total people who got vouchers 3,721 3,852 3,153 4,927 6,214 5,888 5,483 3,516 5,015 6,449 6,231 5,364
Total number of countries 109 104 95 122 126 128 109 97 111 126 125 117
Total Number of rooms 3,344 available; 2,506 taken 2,506 2,090 3,411 available; 3,320 taken 4,230 4,039 3,747 2,103 2,927 3,739 3,718 3,205
Room numbers by month December – 999
(not all taken)

January – 983

February – 570

March – 792
(not all taken)
December – 699

January – 329

February – 998
March – 480
December – 366

January – 459

February – 515

March – 750
November – 357

December – 988

January – 850

February – 1,216
(not all taken)
November – 659

December – 1,235

January – 1,146

February – 1,190
November – 507

December – 1,337

January – 1,035

February – 1,160
December – 1,103

January – 1,144

February – 1,500
December – 1,000

January – 1,103
November – 159

December – 1,197

January – 1,571
October – 316

November –1,501

December – 1,201

January – 721
October – 1,434

November –1,600

December – 684
September – 338

October – 1767

November – 600

December – 500
Top Countries
(by passenger)
Australia – 922

India – 458

Great Britain – 402

USA – 360

China – 122
India – 751

Australia – 610

USA – 388

Great Britain – 380

China – 149
Australia – 527

India – 524

Great Britain – 386

USA – 316

United Arab Emirates – 127
Australia – 1175

India – 599

USA – 505

Great Britain – 481

China – 213
Australia – 1707

Great Britain – 755

India – 668

USA –625

China – 261
Australia – 1399

Great Britain – 779

USA – 633

India – 607

China – 274
Australia – 1258

Great Britain – 747

India – 589

USA – 581

China – 235
Australia– 714

Great Britain – 424

USA – 423

India – 400

China – 180
Australia – 986

Great Britain – 773

USA –541

India– 475

United Arab Emirates – 211
Australia – 1296

Great Britain &ndash 970

USA – 722

India – 583

China– 272
Australia – 1629

Great
Britain– 791

India – 647

USA – 495

China – 263
Australia –1352

Great Britain –774

India –460

USA – 453

China –268

1 Footnote: This data differs from previous releases due to the change in passport entry requirements for the lobby. People are now required to enter the passport numbers of all passengers travelling in their group, and only 1 member of the group can enter the lobby.

Last updated: 17 December 2021