New Zealand is in national lockdown due to Covid-19

New Zealand went to national lockdown from 11:59 pm on 25 March 2020. Residents are urged to stay at home to break the chain of transmission.

Temporary class visa holders affected by the coronavirus outbreak

Holders of a work, student, or visitor visa with an expiry date of 1 April 2020 or earlier and who are unable to leave New Zealand must apply online for a new visa. An interim visa will be issued.

Holders of a work, student, visitor, limited or interim visa with an expiry date of 2 April to 9 July 2020 inclusive who are in New Zealand on 2 April 2020 will have their visas automatically extended to 25 September 2020. Confirmation of extensions will be emailed to all visa holders.

Travel restrictions into New Zealand

The New Zealand Government closed its border for almost travellers except for NZ Citizens, residents and their immediate families from 23:59 on Thursday 19 March 2020. Exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis.

Self-isolation for arrivals into New Zealand

People who are allowed to enter New Zealand must register with Healthline on 0800 358 5453 and self-isolate for 14 days when arriving in New Zealand

New Zealand tertiary providers shift to online delivery
New Zealand tertiary education providers are shifting to online delivery via email or online platforms to continue education delivery to students.

Useful links for keeping you updated with the news and changes of Covid-19

Covid-19 Affects New Zealand

New Zealand Government closed the border temporarily from 23:59 on Thursday 19 March 2020 due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
The travel restrictions apply to almost all travellers except for New Zealand citizens, permanent residents, residents with valid travel conditions and their immediate family (partner or spouse, legal guardian and dependent children under the age of 24), Australian citizens and permanent residents who normally live in New Zealand.
  • These restrictions will be reviewed in 14 days.
  • Exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis by Immigration New Zealand.
  • Returning residents and citizens must isolate themselves for 14 days upon arrival.

Refer to below the website to receive up to date information.

Find information about health advice, self-isolation, etc.
This is a very important page for people who are in New Zealand as it contains the travel details and location of confirmed affected persons.
Unite Against Covid-19

This is an official website launched by the New Zealand government and it contains everything you need to know about COVID-19 in one place. Learn the simple steps you can take to unite against the virus and slow its spread.

This official website contains travel advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas.
Stay Calm, Stay Safe.

The first ISEA Professional Development Workshop Wrapped Up!

The first Professional Development Workshop facilitated by ISEA – Social Media Marketing wrapped up on the 4th of March after six hours of fruitful learning!

The workshop was attended by representatives from 12 education agents and providers.

Thank you to Claire from “The Classroom” for delivering this productive workshop. Also, a big thank you to our industry support partner, Auckland Institute of Studies, for hosting the workshop.

ISEA look forward to organising further professional development workshops for the international education industry.


ISEA welcomes new accreditation council member – Marcel Fletcher from AUT

ISEA are pleased to advise that Marcel Fletcher, Regional Manager for India and Subcontinent of Auckland University of Technology (AUT) has joined the ISEA Accreditation Council to represent the University sector and replace Jaime Henley, our previous council member who moved on to a new role at the end of 2019. We look forward to working with Marcel.

ISEA Established Education Agent Advisory Board

ISEA are pleased to announce that the ISEA Education Agent Advisory Board has been established. The board is a group of agents selected by the ISEA team and the ISEA Accreditation Council to provide feedback and support to the ISEA Accreditation and Training programme for further strategic development.

ISEA are pleased to welcome the first two members to join the ISEA Education Agent Advisory Board.

Mrs Renee XU, Director of Chance Immigration and Education, New Zealand

Renee came to New Zealand in 2000 and completed her Bachelor Degree and Master Degree in 2004 and 2006 respectively. She set up her education and immigration agency in 2009. In the past decade, her company has helped nearly 10,000 clients to realize their dreams of studying abroad and immigrating to New Zealand. It has become a well-recognized company in New Zealand’s immigration and education sector and a leading expert in this industry.

Stephanie Feret, President of Fenix Visa & Immigration Consultancy Inc, Philippines

Stephanie is the President of Fenix Visa & Immigration Consultancy Inc, Philippines which is one of the largest producing agents from the Philippines for the New Zealand market. She has close to 14 years experience working for Immigration New Zealand in Manila before establishing Fenix Visa.  Stephanie is a Licensed Immigration Adviser for New Zealand.  According to 2018 statistics from Immigration New Zealand her agency has a 98% visa approval rate.

ISEA plan to have up to six members on the advisory board.

ISEA works with Southern Cross Travel Insurance

ISEA and Southern Cross Travel Insurance are pleased to announce that we are working together with the International Student market. At the end of the month, SCTI will be holding a briefing to domestic agents and education providers, facilitated by ISEA, about areas such as Code of Practice Insurance compliance, Southern Cross Student Insurance Policy overviews and a section on Mental Health and Student Well-being Awareness.


ISEA completed the first round of agent training in Bogota, Colombia

ISEA have successfully delivered the first round agent training in Bogota, Colombia on 27th January 2020. It was great to meet with these fantastic and enthusiastic agents again to explore the New Zealand International Education industry since we launched in December 2019 in Colombia. ISEA look forward to providing the trained and accredited agencies with continuous support and assistance.



New Zealand universities report continued growth in international enrolments

Despite the overall decrease in the number of international students in 2018, the university sector has seen continuous growth (+9.8%) to 30,007 in 2018 in New Zealand, pushing the university sector to the first place of the sectors for international students for the first time over the last six years.

Education agents continue to play an important role in international student recruitment, representing about 44.5% of international students enrolled in the eight New Zealand universities.

For details, please refer to the PIE News “New Zealand universities report continued uptick in int’l enrolments”

ISEA completed the first round of agent training in Jakarta, Indonesia

ISEA successfully held the first round of agent training in Jakarta, Indonesia on 19th November. It has been a pleasure to train these agents on the New Zealand market and we look forward to working with you further as you develop strategic marketing plans for New Zealand.

ISEA look forward to coming back to Indonesia in January 2020 to offer more training sessions.

Click on the link below to find more ISEA training and events.