By Jabeen Waheed For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 01:04 BST, 1 September 2020 | Updated: 01:21 BST, 1 September 2020
Hollywood star Kirsten Dunst and her fiancé, Jesse Plemons, were forced to quarantine at an Auckland hotel after their applications to self-isolate at a remote rural property were rejected by the New Zealand government.
The American couple were initially permitted to enter the country in May to resume work on their upcoming film, The Power of the Dog, when the vast majority of foreigners were banned due to tight COVID-19 border restrictions.
Kirsten, 38, and Jesse, 32, then applied for an added exemption to serve their two-week quarantine period at an idyllic rural property while their imported cast and crew stayed at the five-star SO/ Auckland hotel.
However, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Mfat) issued the couple a denial letter stating that their request would not be accommodated.
No special treatment: The New Zealand government denied Hollywood star Kirsten Dunst's (left) request to self-isolate at a rural property upon her arrival in the country to film The Power of the Dog. She instead went through hotel quarantine with her fiancé, Jesse Plemons (right)
Kirsten and Jesse were already in New Zealand when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March, and quickly they made their way back home to Los Angeles.
The pair - along with their two-year-old son, Ennis, and 16 'essential' workers - were granted exemptions from New Zealand strict border rules in mid-May to return to the