Quarantine Update

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Following on from our recent post on Quarantine Fees – We now have more answers.  

How much will it cost? 

$3,100 for the first person in the room with $950 for each additional adult and $475 for each additional child (3-17 years old, inclusive) sharing that room. There will be no charge for children under the age of 3. These charges are GST inclusive. 

 Do I have to Pay?

New Zealanders who are currently overseas will have to pay if they visit New Zealand for fewer than 90 days. New Zealanders are defined as New Zealand citizens (including those in the Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau) and residence class visa holders, and Australian citizens and permanent residents who are ordinarily resident in New Zealand. 

Temporary visa holders will have to pay, unless they left New Zealand on or before 19 March 2020, and were ordinarily resident in New Zealand as of 19 March 2020. 

Everyone who is entering on a border exception as a critical worker will have to pay. 

How do I pay? How long? 

At the end of isolation you will receive an invoice. This will need to be paid in 90 days.  

Who won’t have to pay? 

It is proposed that the following classes are exempt from the quarantine fee. 

  • Partners, dependent children and legal guardians who are isolating or travelling with someone who is exempt from paying charges (unless they are entering under a critical worker border exception) 
  • Someone in New Zealand who goes into managed isolation to care for a person who is exempt from charges 
  • Anyone travelling to New Zealand to attend the sentencing of the person convicted of the Christchurch mosque attacks 
  • Refugees, including claimants, protected persons and applicants under the special immigration category for victims of domestic violence, when they enter New Zealand for the first time 
  • Anyone entering New Zealand after a medical air transfer or rescue at sea 
  • Patients travelling as part of the Ministry of Health’s High Cost Treatment Pool or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s New Zealand Medical Treatment Scheme 
  • New Zealand citizens ordinarily resident in the Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau who are travelling to New Zealand for medical treatment 
  • New Zealand citizens ordinarily resident in the Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau, travelling from a third country through New Zealand (staying less than 90 days) in order to return to the Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau (staying at least 90 days) 
  • People being deported to New Zealand, defined as “returning offenders” in the Returning Offenders (Management and Information) Act 2015 and any New Zealand citizen deported from Australia 
  • Diplomats and consular staff, including their families, and official foreign government representatives will be exempt. 

(Source: https://www.miq.govt.nz/being-in-managed-isolation/charges-for-managed-isolation/ )  

What will isolation look like ? 

  1. You will be assigned your own room in an appropriate isolation facility. 
  1. You will be provided with the essentials, toiletries, tea & coffee and unlimited wifi. 
  1. You will also be provided with Laundry but any phonecalls you make from the room will be charged to you separately. 
  1. You will be given three meals per day along with snacks. Or you have the option of ordering in additional meals or food at your own expense. 
  1. Strictly controlled outside exercise will be allowed. 
  1. At your facility there will be a team of healthcare professionals available.  


 When will I be able to leave? 

You will be able to leave isolation when you have finished 14 days and test negative for Covid.  

If you are in quarantine. You must both spend 14 days in quarantine and be free of Covid-19 symptoms for 72 hours.  


At Idesi Legal we provide help for migrants and refugees coming to New Zealand. If you’re a NZ migrant and need help with the immigration process, get in touch.

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