Charges for critical workers in managed isolation

Find out how much you need to pay.

Note: Those arriving in MIQ after 11.59pm Thursday 23 December will be required to stay 10 days. The 7 day charge will remain in place. This is expected to be reviewed in January.

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.

Rates for the 7 day and 10 day stay 

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:
    • $2,760 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:
    • $1,495 for a second adult in a room
    • $805 for a child
    • children under 3 years old are not charged.

Rates for the 14 day stay

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: 23 December 2021