MIQ fees for temporary visa holders to jump by $2,000

Author
Miriam Burrell, NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Tue, 2 Mar 2021, 4:38PM
(Photo / NZ Herald)
(Photo / NZ Herald)

MIQ fees for temporary visa holders to jump by $2,000

Author
Miriam Burrell, NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Tue, 2 Mar 2021, 4:38PM

Managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) fees for temporary visa holders will soar by more than $2,000 from March 25.

It currently costs temporary entry visa class holders $3,100 for 14 days in managed isolation. This will balloon to $5,520 for the first or only person in a room, $2,990 for an additional adult, and $1,610 for an additional child.

The price hike affects those with visitor visas (such as partners of a New Zealand citizen or resident), student visas, work visas and limited visas.

"The new fees better reflect the actual costs of managed isolation, although the Government is still subsidising some of the cost," MIQ said in a statement.

Temporary visa holders already booked into MIQ facilities from March 25 will have foot the new bill, but those who have entered facilities before March 25 are exempt.

"Critical healthcare workers entering under a border exception will continue to be charged the current standard fee of $3,100 to ensure the healthcare workforce can be quickly scaled up in case of a resurgence of Covid-19," MIQ stated.

A full or partial waiver of fees in cases of financial hardship or special circumstances can be granted by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment.

Critical workers entering the country under a border exception are charged the same as the new fees imposed on temporary visa holders.