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
- 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