PhD and master's student border exceptions

On 12 October the New Zealand Government announced it would allow border exemptions for up to 250 PhD and master's students to return to New Zealand to continue their research. 

The 250 students must have been enrolled before the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak and have had valid student visas prior to March 2020 when travel restrictions came in place. Initially, only students who need to be in New Zealand and on campus to progress their research will be considered and nominated for priority to return to New Zealand. 

The 250 allocated places are shared across the eight New Zealand universities and the Ministry of Education will be prioritising PhD students.

We are currently working with staff to prioritise the Massey students who will be recommended to the Ministry of Education for re-entry to New Zealand and are in the process of communicating with these students. This exemption does not include new students.

Managed isolation

Eligible students, like all returnees, will isolate in a government-managed isolation facility for two weeks before they return to campus. COVID-19 tests are required on days three and 12 of the isolation. If someone tests positive at any point during the stay in isolation, they will be moved to a quarantine facility until medical staff consider them well enough to leave.

Health and Wellbeing

We understand this can be an uncertain and stressful time for you and your family and we are here to support you. If you are an eligible student, we will be in touch and have plans in place to support you through this process to re-enter New Zealand and arrive back to campus. 

We have many resources to support you, visit our Health and Wellbeing hub for more information on what’s available.

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