Locum tenens travel requirements for New Zealand in 2022

international locum tenens travel requirements to New Zealand

Last updated July 7, 2022

International locum tenens brings adventure and the experience of a lifetime, but pandemic travel requirements have made traveling to some destinations more complicated over the past couple of years. Visa restrictions, fewer flights, testing requirements, and mandatory quarantines all have posed unique challenges, but the Global Medical Staffing team has experts devoted to making the process as easy as possible. Here’s what you need to know about the latest international locum tenens travel requirements for New Zealand.

Traveling to New Zealand

New Zealand was one of the strictest nations for travelers entering their country during the COVID-19 pandemic. Requirements included testing prior to departure, mandatory quarantining upon arrival to the islands, as well as changes to visa requirements. However, as of July 2022, New Zealand has eased most travel restrictions.

Visa and travel requirements

Once an assignment has been confirmed, the GMS team will immediately begin coordinating with the Medical Council of New Zealand to apply for your registration, which is similar to the process of getting licensed by a U.S. state.

Upon approval from the Medical Council of New Zealand, we’ll work with you to submit the required immigration applications for both you and any dependent family members who may be traveling with you.

As of July 4, 2022, all work visa categories have opened for applications, including the Accredited Employer Work Visa. Effective July 31, 2022, all student and visitor visa categories will reopen.

With any New Zealand visa, there may be additional requirements for family members traveling with you, such as proof of partnership and birth certificates for children. The Global Medical team will assist you and your family as applicable in obtaining the appropriate visas once you have arrived in country. 

It takes an average of two-and-a-half to three weeks for New Zealand to review, consider, and approve the visa application, but timing may vary based on the volume of applications they receive.

COVID-19 vaccination requirements

New Zealand requires most travelers to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination before travelling to New Zealand by air. Exemptions are available under certain circumstances through the New Zealand Ministry of Health.

As of March 2022, New Zealand no longer required quarantine or managed isolation for those eligible to travel to New Zealand.

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24/7 support from your GMS team

Regardless of your destination, Global Medical Staffing will be with you every step of the way, making your international locum tenens travel as stress-free as possible.

For more information about traveling to New Zealand for a locum tenens assignment, call us at 1.800.760.3174 or ask your question in the comments below.

  1. Bogdan DUMITRU MUTU
    February 14, 2021 at 6:54 pm

    Good day! All the best and health. I would like to know if this jobs are only for US doctors or international doctors can put their cv’s. I am a Romanian doctor. I have made my studies in Romania. I am interested by your posts. I look forward for your response. Success in all
    Dr Bogdan

    • Alisa Tank
      Alisa Tank
      February 15, 2021 at 4:09 pm

      Hello Dr. Bogdan, thank you for your message. Global sometimes is able to place international doctors in international locations, depending on their specific training. In this case, I’d recommend submitting your CV or an inquiry to our team through the website and they’ll be able to look into it further and let you know if you’re eligible.

  2. Oluwashola Bamikole
    Oluwashola Bamikole
    February 28, 2022 at 6:31 am

    Hi! Good day,is the organization only for doctor. Can a nurse apply too who is a registered nurse midwife

    • Alisa Tank
      Alisa Tank
      February 28, 2022 at 11:11 pm

      Hello, currently Global Medical only works with physicians. If you are looking for travel nurse opportunities, we recommend you check out our sister company, RNnetwork.

  3. Tatman Kyra
    Tatman Kyra
    April 2, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    do you use nurse practitioners

    • Alisa Tank
      Alisa Tank
      April 4, 2022 at 1:17 pm

      Hello, Global Medical does not staff nurse practitioners at this time, however, our sister companies CompHealth and Weatherby Healthcare both place NPs domestically in the United States. Please reach out to them if you’re interested in a locums position!

  4. Drew
    May 23, 2022 at 4:53 pm

    Do you provide staffing for PAs?

    • Gerry Carpenter
      Gerry Carpenter
      May 25, 2022 at 7:27 pm

      Hi Drew. Global Medical only provides staffing services for physicians. You might try our sister companies CompHealth or Weatherby Healthcare. Both provide staffing services for PAs.

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