Charges for critical workers in managed isolation

These charges apply to all people entering New Zealand on a critical worker visa from 1 January 2021, regardless of when the visa was approved.

Critical health workers

These charges do not apply to critical health workers who pay the same amount as returning New Zealanders. Critical health workers are another border exception, separate from the other critical workers. 

Charges for critical workers

The Ministry of Health and Managed Isolation and Quarantine will undertake a risk assessment and in some cases permit groups of critical workers to share rooms.

  • Where the risk assessment determines that room-sharing for critical workers entering as part of a group is not permitted, the fee including GST is:
    • $5,520 for the first or only person in a room·
  • Where the risk assessment allows for groups of critical workers to share rooms, or where an individual critical worker is sharing a room with their spouse, partner and/or child, the following reduced rates can apply:
    • $2,990 for a second adult in a room;
    • $1,610 for a child
    • children under 3 years old are not charged.

Who will pay the charges for critical workers

  • Employers or supporting agencies (where there is one) will be required to pay the fee (not the employee) unless there is no employer on the visa. It is likely that the invoice will be issued to the employee and they will need to ask their employer to pay on their behalf or seek reimbursement from them.
  • Where possible employers will be invoiced in advance of the critical worker’s arrival or just after they arrive in managed isolation.
  • Employers or critical workers will not be eligible to apply for any waiver of the fee.
  • Payment of the fee is required within 30 days of the invoice being issued.
Last updated: 28 May 2021