New Zealand Hotel Quarantine (MIQ) ending for GPs
If you are a GP considering working in New Zealand but put off by the hotel quarantine then this will be good news…
The Minister for the Covid-19 response has announced a 3 step process which starts in Mid January to allow Residents, work visa holders and travellers to enter New Zealand without having to stay in MIQ (Managed isolation or hotel Quarantine) This is a long awaited move to enable families to be reunited.
Those eligible will still need to prove a negative pre-departure test, proof of full vaccination and declaration of travel history.
The MIQ Timeline is as follows:
- Fully vaccinated Kiwis and other eligible travellers can travel to NZ from Australia without staying in MIQ from 11.59pm Sunday, 16 January 2022
- Fully vaccinated Kiwis and other eligible travellers can travel to NZ from all other countries from 11.59pm Sunday, 13 February 2022
- All fully vaccinated individuals will be able to travel to NZ from 30 April 2022 onwards, with the re-opening staged over time
What this means for GPs relocating to New Zealand
GPs are currently eligible for a Critical purpose visa to allow travel and work in New Zealand. As of the 13thFebruary 2022, this will be made much easier as you will be able to self-isolate as home rather than in expensive hotel quarantine.
Details on how self-isolation will work will be shared this month. GPs who already hold MIQ vouchers will also be provided with more information shortly. Self-isolation will require a day 1 test upon arrival in New Zealand, isolating for 7 days then a final negative test before entering the community.
What is the process for UK trained GPs moving to New Zealand
There is a shortage of GPs in New Zealand and we have many GP practices who are looking to the UK to fill their GP jobs. There are no restrictions on where you can work as a GP so you’re free to work in any location. Typically, the jobs we have are around Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and along the coastlines of the North and South Island. Contracts are from 12 months with great salaries, relocation assistance with medical registration fees and professional indemnity insurance paid.
The New Zealand medical registration process is fairly straightforward. We recommend getting in touch with the Transition Medical team about 6 months before you want to be working in New Zealand. This will give us time to find you the right GP job and the right location for you and your family. We look forward to hearing from you, please get in touch today.