You have your Medical Council registration, your job lined up, Critical Purpose Visitor Visa, flights on standby… now just to get a place in managed isolation!

You’re ready to come and your employer wants you to start in November/ December, or early 2022 at the latest. You’ve tried, without success to book a place via NZ’s infamous MIQ online system and you’re starting to lose hope of arriving in NZ this year.

New Zealand’s MIQ’s virtual lobby system is on hold and we’re all waiting for December bookings to open. The issue is that even when it does open, there is no guarantee of securing a place in MIQ via this system.

The good news is that there are two other options available to Critical Health Workers to apply for MIQ accommodation.

1             Time Sensitive Travel Allocation Request

This is an online application made by you (with the assistance of your employer) several months out from travel. You need to have accepted a job, have your MCNZ registration outcome letter and your Critical Purpose Visitor Visa in order to apply.

Any doctor, who meets the criteria (see website) can apply. A doctor/ employer needs to show that they provide a critical service that is not, or soon will not be, practicably accessible for a local community or region.

The first step is to acquire an endorsement from the Ministry of Health or a DHB, depending where you’ll be employed. Once you have an endorsement, potential travellers can apply via the MIQ website.


Your travel period When you must apply by You will receive the outcome of your application
01 September to 31 October 2021 Application period closed Within the first 2 weeks of August
01 November to 31 December 2021 14 September 2021 Within the first 2 weeks of October
01 January to 28 February 2022 14 November 2021 Within the first 2 weeks of December


2             Emergency MIQ Allocation Request

You can apply for an Emergency Allocation if you have been unable to book your preferred date in the Managed Isolation Allocation System and you meet the eligibility criteria on the emergency allocation request section of their website.

You need to have accepted a job, have your MCNZ registration outcome letter and your Critical Purpose Visitor Visa. You also need flights organised to travel within 14 days of making the application. You will need a support letter from your employer to submit with your application online (click here).


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