Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) have announced that on 20 September 2021 at 9am (NZT) 3,000 rooms across September, October, November and December will be released to allow for MIQ upon arrival in New Zealand. The rooms will be released using a new lobby system that has been designed to make booking MIQ more fair for people who wish to travel to New Zealand.

Our thoughts

We have had great success with our border exemption requests, but issues with the MIQ system have resulted in delayed travel for many of our clients.

This update is positive news for people who have secured exemptions and visas to travel to New Zealand. It is also good news for returning New Zealand citizens and resident visa holders, who have been unable to secure MIQ bookings to travel home.

Our advice

These 3000 slots will go very quickly so we recommend using the new system to secure a MIQ booking, as soon as it comes online on 20 September 2021 at 9am (NZT) by lobbying between 8am - 9am. The MIQ requirements and booking portal can be found here.

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