The rich are free to go to New Zealand, others will be banned and quarantined

Wealthy investors are free to travel to New Zealand under a special visa regime, which is increasingly outrageous for ordinary citizens facing problems due to pandemic travel restrictions.

With the best pace possible, just at a time of severe pandemic restrictions on travel, the government renewed New Zealand’s special visa program for wealthy investors, causing serious outrage in the country – The Guardian writes.

Because of the coronavirus, the country has had a so-called “managed isolation and quarantine” (MIQ) system in place since March last year for all immigrants, including New Zealand citizens.

This means that entry and exit are possible only in particularly justified cases.

For example, the return of New Zealanders living abroad for family visits is often not considered such by the authorities, so there have been those who have not been able to visit their loved ones since.

Conversely, if someone agrees to invest at least $3 million in the country (or a total of $10 million over three years), they will also get entry and settlement papers without any restrictions. However, there is no need to think of a mass phenomenon, according to the data of the Immigration Office, a total of 108 people have received this benefit so far and another 816 are waiting for their applications to be processed.

However, the locals are also angry. The government, which calls itself a “closed kiwik,” says the government is ignoring the needs of ordinary people and only interested in money. The cabinet has yet to respond to the criticism.

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