COVID-19 Updates

This page provides COVID-19 Updates related to Tertiary Scholarships in New Zealand for scholars in eligible countries across the Pacific, Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Some COVID-19 related border restrictions remain in place. Please see the Immigration New Zealand site for details.(external link)

Managed isolation requirements have been removed. This has been replaced with self-testing after arrival. As a result, the Manaaki New Zealand Scholarships Programme has begun planning to mobilise deferred and previously selected tertiary scholars for study in New Zealand and the Pacific in 2023.

Reconnecting New Zealanders to the World Announcement: Manaaki New Zealand Scholars

On 3 February 2022, the New Zealand Government announced(external link) a gradual reopening of New Zealand’s border. Student visa processing recommenced 31 July 2022.

We are continuing to aim for most Manaaki New Zealand Scholars to commence study in Semester 1, 2023. This will allow enough time for education institutions and border agencies to prepare for scholar arrivals.

If you are a deferred/previously selected scholar your education institution will advise you of the date that you may enter New Zealand. Please contact your education institution if you have any questions regarding your Scholarship start date.

For more information, please refer to the FAQs for tertiary scholars and COVID-19(external link).

Please also see the New Zealand Government’s COVID-19 page (external link)for up to date information about COVID-19 in New Zealand.


Tertiary Selection in 2023

In 2022, Scholarships were offered to Pacific scholars only. In 2023 selection for Tertiary Scholarships will be open to those in eligible countries across the Pacific, Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.

This will be for study from Semester 1, 2024.


Changes for successful Tertiary Scholarship recipients

COVID-19 continues to cause significant disruption to the Manaaki New Zealand Scholarships Programme. However, with easing border restrictions it is the intention that all scholars begin/resume in-person study.

Online study

Some courses have been made available for online study. For those Scholars who have begun their study online, they may continue to do so for 2022. After which, it is the intention that all current scholars resume study in New Zealand. In specific cases, MFAT may approve continued online study for currently enrolled scholars. These requests should be made to MFAT through scholars’ education institutions.

Border requirements

Everyone entering New Zealand is expected to do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Manaaki New Zealand Scholars are expected to comply with border requirements. This is a condition of the Scholarship. Requirements may include:

  • Proof of vaccination against COVID-19
  • Testing.

Your institution will advise you of the specific requirements that you will need to follow before you enter New Zealand.

For up to date information on New Zealand’s border requirements, please see the Immigration New Zealand website.(external link)


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