Health requirements for visa applications reduced for certain travelers

13 Jun 22



The government of New Zealand has reduced visa application requirements for travelers from certain countries added to the Low Tuberculosis Incidence list

Key Points:

  • On June 7, New Zealand authorities added 85 countries to the Low Tuberculosis Incidence list. The list includes Australia, Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and most EU countries, among others.
  • Individuals who are applying for a temporary visa to stay in New Zealand more than six months must have a chest x-ray completed if they:
    • Are citizens from countries not on the Low Tuberculosis Incidence list.
    • Have stayed in a country not on the list for more than three months in the last five years.

Additional Information: More information regarding the changes to the Low Tuberculosis Incidence list is available here.

BAL Analysis: Many travelers to New Zealand will no longer be required to provide a chest x-ray when applying for a visa to stay in the country for longer than six months.

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