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Why does Immigration ask for Chest X-ray and Blood Test?

You’ve applied for your Working Holiday Visa and after few days, New Zealand immigration has required you to have a medical examination, a Chest X-ray and a Blood Test. Here are the three reasons why:

  • In total, thanks to this visa, your stay in New Zealand will be longer than a year.

It usually happens when you apply for the Working Holiday Visa from New Zealand, or if you are applying for a Working Holiday Visa with a 23-month duration.

  • You are going to stay for at least six months in New Zealand and you’re a citizen of a country with a medium-to-high burden of tuberculosis.
  • You are going to stay for at least six months in New Zealand and in the last 5 years, you’ve spent at least 3 months in total in countries with a medium-to-high burden of tuberculosis.

Here is the list of countries with a low burden of tuberculosis:


  • American Samoa, Andora, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria
  • Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands
  • Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic
  • Denmark, Dominica
  • Finland, France
  • Germany, Greece, Grenada
  • Iceland, Ireland, Israel (including the Occupied Palestinian Territory and East Jerusalem), Italy
  • Jamaica, Jordan
  • Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg
  • Malta, Monaco, Montserrat
  • Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Norway
  • Oman
  • Puerto Rico
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland
  • Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos
  • United Kingdom, United States of America, United States Virgin Islands
  • Vatican City


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