IMWA 2020 & COVID-19


With regret, we would like to inform you that IMWA 2020 in New Zealand has been postponed in response to disruption by the COVID-19 pandemic on global travel and economic conditions. The New Zealand based Organizing Committee has agreed with the IMWA Executive Committee that we will host an IMWA Conference in 2022 in New Zealand at a similar time of year and with similar offerings of short courses, field trips and keynote speakers. We will keep you updated.


The IMWA 2020 organising committee are assessing the risk of COVID-19 to the IMWA 2020 Congress. We have a watching brief on the regulations that are implemented by the NZ government and globally with respect to

  • freedom of international travel,
  • enforced quarantine periods at border crossings,
  • self-isolation requirements,
  • the legality of gatherings,
  • hygiene and infection prevention actions,
  • other developments

If our watching brief changes to actions and response we will provide updates on this page of our website and via e-mail to registered delegates.

Our intention remains to host a world class with excellent short courses, a great speaking programme and interesting field trips. Hopefully this will be an event where we can all look back on coronavirus as something in the past and enjoy each others company freely.

If you are travelling internationally or would like further information on the current status of the New Zealand response to COVID-19, please check this link. You can find the link at the end of this page as well.

Best regards
Dr James Pope

New Zealand, like many countries, is taking a precautionary approach to the COVID-19 (also known as the novel coronavirus) outbreak until there is more certainty about the global spread of the infection.

Please check this page for further regular updates which will be posted as the global situation and government positions on international travel evolve and become clearer. 

For specific coronavirus related immigration queries, please contact the Immigration Contact Centre on 0508 225 288 (within New Zealand) or +64 9 952 1679 (outside New Zealand).  

A link to the official New Zealand Government information on travel to and from New Zealand is being regularly updated and can be found here.