Coming back to New Zealand after an extended time overseas can be full of mixed feelings – Fantastic to see family & old friends again, but also dread of living at the bottom of the world in a very secluded country!
The COVID-19 pandemic has also added a twist. New Zealand has been lucky and done well in it’s response to stop community spread. However, it has been at the cost of closing the borders to all (except citizens, permanent residents, and select exceptions).
A small “wave” of Kiwi’s & permanent residents have been returning to New Zealand. Locally it has been named the “reverse brain drain”.
Here’s how to start the journey get back to NZ:
- Book Managed Isolation spot – (5-10mins Easy)
- Book a flight – (Easy-Difficult, depending on where you are!)
- Confirm flight with Managed Isolation & get Managed Isolation voucher – (Easy?)
How can Private Box help?
If you are returning to New Zealand and don’t already have an address here, Private Box provides addresses & online mail management – so you can manage your mail online just like your email.
Having a reliable address can be useful when tying up loose ends and preparing to leave a country. You can to tell all your services where you are going. For example you can share an address with:
- Flatmates/landlord – incase new mail comes for you
- Utilities: Bank, Insurance, Pension, Tax service, etc – so you don’t miss an important notice
- Workplace – If you’re going to keep your job & work remote, or just to keep in touch
You can also use an address in New Zealand to prepare for arrival. If you’re planning ahead you can some useful things in advance, such as:
- Ordering a new SIM card
- Reactivating a Bank account & getting new bank cards
- Getting a replacement Driver license
Hitting the ground running
As of writing, bookings for managed isolation are for 2 months in advance, so if you are well planned you can apply for things that you need in advance – SIM card, bank card etc. And we can courier them (not air mail) to you abroad so you can be ahead of the game when returning.
Note, however it is best to allow 1-month for mail, even for international courier items, due COVID related disruptions to the air freight networks.
Courier to managed isolation facilities
Alternatively, you can also have your mail couriered (not standard post) to your room at your managed isolation facility in New Zealand once you have arrived.
Here’s an example of an address for forwarding your mail to yourself in managed isolation:
John Doe / Room 823
Grand Millennium Hotel
71 Mayoral Drive, cnr Vincent Street
Here’s a link to all the locations: https://www.miq.govt.nz/being-in-managed-isolation/isolation-facilities/facility-locations/