People coming to New Zealand on a temporary entry visa will have to pay more than $2000 more for a position in a managed isolation facility than they currently do.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment announced on Tuesday afternoon that from March 25, fees for those temporarily entering New Zealand will increase from $3100 for 14 days in MIQ to $5520 for the first or only person in a room. An additional adult will be charged $2990 while it will be $1610 for an additional child.
This affects anyone coming to New Zealand on a temporary entry visa, including those on visitor visas - such as partners of a New Zealand citizen or resident - student visas, work visa, and limited visas.
The ministry says the new fees "better reflect the actual costs of managed isolation" but that the Government is still subsidising some of the costs. They are the same as those charged to critical workers entering New Zealand under a border exemption.
The increase in fees will affect those entering MIQ facilities from March 25, including those who have already booked places.
"Critical healthcare workers entering under a border exception will continue to be charged the current standard fee of $3100 to ensure the healthcare workforce can be quickly scaled up in case of a resurgence of COVID-19," the ministry says.
"MBIE can grant a full or partial waiver of managed isolation fees in cases of financial hardship or other special circumstances, or arrange a deferment of payment, for temporary entry visa class holders."