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Who has to pay to isolate?

Jen Black
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Managed Isolation Flowchart  Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Managed Isolation costs to come into force from today.

Last week the COVID-19 Public Health Response Amendment Bill passed its third reading achieving its royal assent on August 6.

The bill allows the government to recover some of the costs for managed isolation. The payment depends on the reason for your travel to New Zealand.

If you are a New Zealand citizen or resident who left the country before August 11, 2020, and you're staying for longer than 90 days or an ordinarily resident temporary visa holder who left before the 19 March, you will not be liable for charges.

However, If you are a New Zealander coming home who left after August 11, 2020, and/or staying in NZ  for a period shorter than 90 days you will be liable for charges. 

For the first or only person in the room, it'll cost $3100. Every additional adult will cost $950, every additional child will cost $475. Children under 3 will not be charged. 

Currently, in Christchurch, the 5 Managed isolation and quarantine facilities are at 77 percent capacity.

A Christchurch hotel general manager said the change to costs for managed isolation will not change anything for the running of the facility, guests will be treated the same. 

A spokesperson for MP for Wigram, Minister Megan Woods, said "The new charging fees introduced on August 11, will help the Government to share the financial load," having a robust system for anyone who enters or leaves the country.

The Christchurch Crowne Plaza will become the 6th isolation hotel from August 18.