People travelling on a passport from some countries must apply for a Visitor Visa to visit New Zealand. You cannot work, but you can study for up to 3 months.
Length of stay
6 or 9 months
With this visa you can.
- Have a holiday, or visit friends and family.
- Study for up to 3 months.
- Come for a job interview.
- Include your partner and dependent children in your visa application.
Things to note
- You may not need to apply for a Visitor Visa if you are from a visa waiver country. Visitors from visa waiver countries can request an electronic travel authority (NZeTA) rather than a Visitor Visa. Visa waiver countries and territories
Information about NZeTA Visa Waiver Visitor Visa
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What you need to apply
Check if you are eligible to apply for this visa and what supporting documents and information you need to provide.
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You must provide proof of your identity
- 1 acceptable photo if you apply online, or 2 photos if you use a paper application form.
- your passport or certificate of identity .
If you apply online, you must upload a copy of your passport when you apply. We will let you know if you need to send your passport after you have applied.
Providing your passport for online applications
If you submit a paper application, provide your original passport or a certified copy. We can usually process your application faster if you provide your original passport.
If you are a citizen of China and you submit a paper application form in China, you must also complete a supplementary form.
Supplementary form for Chinese citizens (INZ 1027) PDF 338KB
If you are submitting a paper application form, you must provide a supplementary form for Hong Kong and Macao visitors, workers and students.
Supplementary form for Hong Kong and Macao visitors, workers and students (INZ 1220) PDF 240KB
Also provide a copy of your Identity card.
Also provide your:
- Hukou (household registration book)
- Chinese identity card.
Check that you enter your details correctly when you apply. If there are any errors or mistakes your application will be delayed. We also may decline your application or refuse you entry to New Zealand.
You must be in good health
We may ask you to have a chest x-ray, a medical examination or both as proof of your good health.
If you are staying less than:
- 6 months you do not normally need a chest x-ray.
- 12 months you do not normally need a medical certificate.
Who needs an x-ray or medical examination
When we process your application we let you know if we need you to have a chest x-ray or medical examination.
Acceptable standard of health criteria for visa approvals
Please only provide medical certificates if requested
You must provide a chest x-ray completed in the last 3 months, even if you've provided one to us previously, if:
- you have spent 6 consecutive months in China since the last x-ray certificate was issued, and
- you are now coming to NZ for more than 6 months.
You must be of good character
If you have a criminal conviction or are a security risk to New Zealand we may not be able to grant you a visa.
Good character for temporary visas
You must provide police certificates if your total time in New Zealand will be 24 months or longer across all visits. This includes any time you have spent in New Zealand in the past on other visas, even if you have been out of the country since then.
You also must provide police certificates if we ask for them.
If you are 16 years old or younger you do not need to provide police certificates.
Providing police certificates
How to get a police certificate
If you have already sent us Police Certificates with a previous visa application and they are less than 24 months old, you do not need to send them again.
Police certificates must be less than 6 months old when you submit your application. They must be from any country you are a citizen of, or have spent more than 5 years in since you turned 17.
You must be a genuine visitor to New Zealand and intend to leave at the end of your visit
When we decide if your intentions are genuine, we consider all the information:
- you provide to support your application
- we have about your personal circumstances, and
- you provided in any previous applications.
Genuine intentions to visit, study or work in NZ
If you will return to a Schengen member state after your visit, but are not a citizen of a member state, you should provide evidence of your right to return to that country.
Evidence of your right to return to that country is a current copy of your Schengen visa.
You may need to apply for a different visa if you are coming to New Zealand:
- to work — apply for a work visa.
- for a special purpose, such as joining a partner, or traveling for a work conference — check the other visitor visas to find one that matches your purpose.
- for medical treatment - apply for a Medical Treatment Visitor Visa.
- to conduct or undertake business — apply for a business visa.
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Relationship with family
You can include your partner and any dependent children up to the age of 19 in your application
To bring family:
- you must provide evidence of your relationship with them, like marriage and birth certificates
- you must provide proof of their identity
- they must be of good character
- they must be in good health.
Partnership Dependent children
A family can include yourself, your partner, and dependent children 19 and under.
You should provide copies of family members Hukou (household registration book) included in your application.
You should provide copies of identity cards for family members included in your application.
Funds or sponsorship
You must have enough money to live on while you are in New Zealand or have an acceptable sponsor
If you are paying for yourself
You must have at least NZD $1,000 per month, or NZD $400 per month if you have already paid for your accommodation.
To prove this, you can include:
- proof of accommodation pre-payment, like hotel pre-paid vouchers or receipts
- bank statements or credit card statements
- bank drafts or travellers’ cheques.
We may also ask for information about the source of your money that you will use for travelling.
If you are sponsored
Your sponsor must provide evidence that they meet the criteria, and can look after you while you are in New Zealand.
Criteria to sponsor a visa applicant
What sponsors must do while a visa holder is in New Zealand
Evidence they can provide includes:
- recent bank statements
- employment agreement
- accommodation ownership or payment of rent
You must have your sponsor's Sharing ID to complete your online application.
Process to become a sponsor
You may be eligible for streamlined visa processing arrangements.
Check if you are eligible
If you are pregnant, there are additional requirements.
Paying for maternity care
You must agree to pay your own health care costs
You must declare in your visa application that you will pay the costs of any health care or medical assistance you receive in New Zealand.
We recommend that you have full medical insurance for the length of your visit.
You must leave New Zealand at the end of your stay
When you arrive in New Zealand you may be asked to show that you intend to leave the country — for example, a return ticket or proof you have enough money to buy a ticket out of New Zealand. This is in addition to the funds you have to live on.
If you are sponsored and you do not have a return ticket your sponsor can provide recent bank statements to show they have enough money to buy you a ticket out of New Zealand.
If you are not a citizen of the country you will return to after your visit, you must provide evidence of your legal right to enter that country.
If you will return to Schengen member state after your visit, but are not a citizen of a member state, evidence of your right to enter that country is a current copy of your Schengen visa.
If you buy your ticket before we have processed your visa application, you risk losing the fare if we do not grant you a visa.
Process and costs
The information below will help you understand the process, timeframes and costs involved in applying for this visa, so you can plan ahead and have the best chance of submitting a complete application.
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These are the conditions that you must meet once you have your visa.
You must apply for entry permission when you arrive in New Zealand. You can do this by completing a paper arrival card or a digital traveller declaration. If you are completing a paper arrival card you will be given this on the way to New Zealand.
New Zealand Customs and Biosecurity also check that you meet their entry requirements.
Arriving in New Zealand
You can be refused entry permission if you:
- are not a genuine visitor
- do not meet our character criteria
- have had a change in circumstances since you were granted a visa
- refuse to let us take your photo or to provide us with your fingerprints or an iris scan
- cannot provide evidence of any onward travel or funds required to leave New Zealand.
Genuine intentions to visit, study or work in New Zealand
If you are refused entry to New Zealand
Before you travel make sure you carry all the documentation you need with you.
You may not be allowed to check in to your flight if your passport is close to expiring. Check that it will not expire while you are in New Zealand or close to when you plan to leave New Zealand.
Before you travel to New Zealand
How long you can stay
How long you can stay depends on if you have a multiple journey or a single journey visa.
Multiple journey Visitor Visa
As a multiple journey visa holder you can visit New Zealand as a tourist for up to 6 months in a 12-month period.
- The 12-month period is calculated backwards from the last day you intend to be in New Zealand.
- If the last day you will be here is 1 December, then your 12-month period will begin on 1 December of the year before.
- To be eligible, you must have been outside of New Zealand for at least 9 months in the 18-month period before you apply.
Single journey Visitor Visa
If you want to visit New Zealand for more than 6 months, or extend your current 6 month stay in New Zealand, we may consider granting you a single journey visa. This allows you to stay for up to 9 months in an 18-month period.
- The 18-month period is calculated backwards from the last day you intend to be in New Zealand.
- If the last day you will be here is 1 December, then your 18-month period will begin on 1 June of the year before.
You must leave New Zealand before your visa expires.
Visa expiry dates are printed on a visa label or included in a visa letter.
If travelling in and out of New Zealand, a valid multiple entry travel condition is needed to return to New Zealand.
Changing the conditions of a visitor visa
If applying from inside New Zealand, we will normally give multiple entry travel conditions when we grant a visa.
If there are no multiple entry travel conditions and you leave New Zealand the visa will expire.
The travel conditions will be listed on the visa label or in a visa letter.
Unless your visa label or letter says 'Return/onward travel not required', you must have either of the following:
- a travel ticket to a country you can enter
- an acceptable sponsor who can pay for your travel ticket out of New Zealand to a country you can enter.
What sponsors must do – responsibilities and obligations
Unless your visa label or letter states “Return/onward travel not required” you must have a ticket to leave New Zealand whenever you travel here.
You must have enough money to support yourself while you are in New Zealand or have a sponsor.
You may be asked for evidence you have enough funds to support yourself when you check in or arrive in New Zealand.
You cannot work in New Zealand on this visa.
If you’re coming to New Zealand to take up an offer of employment, you should apply for a Work Visa.
If you’re coming to New Zealand for a special purpose, such as a work requirement, or as a partner or family member, you should first consider the Special Category Visitor Visas .
If you want to conduct business while in New Zealand, you should apply for a Business Visitor Visa.
Business Visitor Visa
You may study for up to 3 months in any 12 month period.
School-aged children can study for up to 3 months in any calendar year. Children studying for more than 2 weeks must attend a school that is signatory to the ‘Code of Pastoral Care for International Students’.
Code of Pastoral Care for International Students
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How to apply for a visitor visa
If you come to New Zealand on holiday, you might need to apply for a visitor visa before you arrive. Work out what you need to do to apply.
Find out if you need to apply
If you come to New Zealand on holiday, you’ll need to get either an NZeTA or a visitor visa — unless you’re an Australian citizen.
Check if you need a visitor visa or an NZeTA
Find out which visitor visa you need
Choose how to apply
Apply for your visa online
Visitor Visa Application (1017) — if you can’t apply online
If you don’t provide all the documents you’re asked for, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) returns your application.
Find out what it costs and how long it takes
What you pay for your visa depends on the method you use to apply — applying online is usually cheaper. Most people pay by credit card (Mastercard, Visa or UnionPay). Find out what applies to you and how long it will take to get your visa.
Fees, decision times and where to apply
Gather documents for your application
You need to prove that you:
- have a ticket out of NZ or money to buy one
- are in good health and of good character
- have money to live on while you’re here or will be supported financially.
Meeting the criteria
Prove your identity
With your application you need to:
- provide a colour photo — or 2 if you’re using the paper form to apply
- have a passport that’s valid for at least 3 months after the date you plan to leave New Zealand.
Acceptable visa photos
INZ will let you know if you need to send your passport to them before they approve your visa. For most online applications they don’t need it.
Prove you’re of good character and in good health
You must tell Immigration New Zealand about any offences:
- you’ve been charged with
- convicted of
- served time in prison for.
Good character for temporary visas
If you are applying for a visa you may need a chest x-ray or medical examination as evidence of your good health.
When you need an x-ray or medical examination
Apply for your visa
To make an online application, you need to set up a New Zealand Government RealMe account.
What is RealMe?
Before you start your online application, have all your supporting documents ready to upload.
Receive your visa
If your visa application is approved, you’ll get a label in your passport or a letter.
How we process applications
The date your visa expires is on your visa. Unless you get another visa you must leave New Zealand on or before this date.
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Visas and entry requirements
Visas, New Zealand
By Tourism New Zealand
Learn more about the available visa options and entry requirements into New Zealand
We enjoy welcoming visitors to New Zealand. Having a valid passport and the right visa is key to a trouble-free entry into New Zealand. Your passport has to be valid for at least three months beyond your intended departure date, and if required, have a valid New Zealand visa .
On this page, you'll find helpful information on New Zealand visa options:
- Travel requirements to enter New Zealand
- Visitor visa for a holiday
- Working holiday visa
- Transit visa (through New Zealand or Australia)
New Zealand visa options
Visiting new zealand for a holiday.
You do not need a visa to visit New Zealand if you are:
- A New Zealand citizen travelling on a New Zealand passport or on a foreign passport that has a New Zealand citizen endorsement
- An Australian citizen travelling on an Australian passport
- A foreign passport holder with a valid visa for New Zealand - including a Permanent Resident visa
If you plan to visit New Zealand for a short period, you need to request a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (opens in new window) (NZeTA) before you travel if you are:
- A citizen of a country which has a visa waiver (opens in new window) agreement with New Zealand (you can stay up to three months)
If you don’t meet the above, then you’ll need a visitor visa. The fastest and easiest way to apply for a visitor visa (opens in new window) is online. Before travelling to New Zealand, you need to make sure your passport is valid for at least three months longer than your expected departure date. If you come from a country that needs a New Zealand visa to enter, please be sure to apply in advance. If you have a biometric ordinary passport (or electronic passport) and are over 12 years old, you may be able to use New Zealand Customs eGate service. This allows you to complete your Customs and Immigration checks faster so you can get on with enjoying your visit to New Zealand.
Working holiday visas (opens in new window) are available to young people, usually aged 18-30 (but 18-35 for a select few nationalities). They let you travel and work in New Zealand for up to 12 months, or 23 months if you’re from the UK. To apply you’ll need to meet the visa requirements, and have:
- A return ticket, or enough money to pay for one; and
- Be coming mainly to holiday, with work being a secondary intention.
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Work visas and staying permanently
If you’re thinking of coming to New Zealand to work for a few years, or maybe even to settle, you’ll need a work or resident visa. To get that – you’re likely to need a job.
For information about working in New Zealand, including industry profiles, tips on job hunting, and a list of job sites to check out, visit New Zealand Now. (opens in new window)
Transiting through New Zealand or Australia
If you are travelling to New Zealand via an Australian airport, you may also need an Australian visa – consult your travel agent or airline if you are unsure.
Transit visas (opens in new window) will also be needed for all people travelling via New Zealand, unless they are specifically exempted by immigration policy.
More information about visas
The visa and immigration information on this page is just a summary. For everything you need to know about coming to New Zealand, visit Immigration New Zealand. (opens in new window)
Find out if you need a visa
Essential travel information
Upon arrival in new zealand.
Once you have checked your eligibility for travel (opens in new window) , you will need to complete a New Zealand Traveller Declaration (opens in new window) .
Traveller Declaration requirements
Travellers arriving into New Zealand international airports now have the option to complete a digital declaration instead of a paper arrival declaration, before travelling to New Zealand. To find out more go to www.travellerdeclaration.govt.nz (opens in new window) .
Here's how to complete your declaration online.
What you can bring into New Zealand
After you’ve cleared passport control, you should collect your baggage and proceed through customs and biosecurity checks. In order to protect New Zealand and its environment, certain items are not allowed to be brought into the country, have restrictions for entry or must be declared if they are deemed to present a biosecurity risk. These include food, plants, animal products and outdoor recreational equipment.
Your baggage may be sniffed by a detector dog and/or x-rayed, and it may be searched to identify any risk goods you might be carrying.
To avoid penalties it is best to familiarise yourself with these guidelines prior to travel. For a detailed list of prohibited, restricted or declarable items, please visit Ministry for Primary Industries (opens in new window) (biosecurity agency).
Allowances and duty free concessions
As a visitor to New Zealand you may be entitled to various concessions and duty free entries on some of your goods. If you are 17 years or older, you are entitled to allowances for alcohol, cigarettes and tobacco. For detailed information on allowances and duty free concessions, please visit New Zealand Customs (opens in new window) .
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New Zealand Visitor Visa - The Complete Visa Application Guide
Last Updated : Oct 2, 2023
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Are you planning on traveling to NZ, but you’re unsure about how the New Zealand visitors visa works? Let me explain.
US citizens don’t need a New Zealand Visitors visa but however, require a NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) .
There are only 60 countries exempt from the Visitor visa. Citizens who apply for a visitor visa will have to apply online, where the cost will be around $100 - $125. After your application, the waiting time is around 12 - 30 working days before you receive your visa.
So let’s go into detail.
Who Needs A Visa To Travel To NZ?
This section will answer the most important question, “Do I as a US citizen need a visa for New Zealand?”.
Do US Citizens Need A Visa For NZ?
No , US citizens are on the list of visa waiver countries and, therefore only need to apply for a NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority).
See New Zealand Visa for US Citizens - How To Get Your NZeTA for more information on the NZeTA.
Do US Green Card Holders Need A Visa For NZ?
If your passport is from a country that is not on the visa waiver list, then yes you will need to apply for a visitor's visa.
The list of visa waiver countries are:
A ndorra, Argentina, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, C anada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, D enmark, E stonia (citizens only), F inland, France, G ermany, Greece, H ong Kong (residents with HKSAR or British National–Overseas passports only), Hungary, I celand, Ireland, Israel, Italy, J apan, K orea, South, Kuwait, L atvia (citizens only), Liechtenstein, Lithuania (citizens only), Luxembourg, M acau (only if you have a Macau Special Administrative Region passport), Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, N etherlands, Norway, O man, P oland, Portugal (if you have the right to live permanently in Portugal), Q atar, R omania, S an Marino, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, T aiwan (if you are a permanent resident), U nited Arab Emirates, United Kingdom (UK) (if you are travelling on a UK or British passport that shows you have the right to reside permanently in the UK), United States of America (USA) (including USA nationals), Uruguay, and V atican City.
In-depth Detail About The New Zealand Visitors Visa
This section gives an overview of everything you would like to know about the visitor visa for NZ.
What Is A New Zealand Visitors Visa?
This New Zealand visitors visa allows a person to travel to the NZ border and allows a person to enter NZ and stay there for a specified period of time. Hence a visa grants you permission to enter New Zealand.
What Does A Visitors Visa For New Zealand Allow?
It allows you to:
Visit NZ as a tourist
Visit friends or family
Enter NZ to get married
Play sports or participate in cultural events without pay
Short term study (School-aged visitors or students can study or go to school for three months in each of the 12-month periods your visa is valid)
What Is The Validity Of The Visitors Visa For New Zealand?
The visitor visa is limited to a maximum stay of nine months in an 18-month period.
The 18-month period is calculated backward from the last day you intend to be in New Zealand. For example, if the last day you'll be here is 1 December, your 18-month period will begin on 1 June of the year before.
What Is The New Zealand Visitor Visa Fee?
The visitor visa fees are:
Citizens from a pacific country: Approximately $100
Citizens from the rest of the world: Approximately $125
Additionally, you will have to pay these 2 mandatory fees :
Immigration Levy: Approximately $13
International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL): Approximately $23
However, fees are subject to change without notice; check your application fee here .
What Is The Visitors Visa Processing Time?
The processing time is about 12 - 30 working days.
Can I Extend My Visitors Visa For New Zealand?
Yes, the visitor's visa can be extended for another 3 months to stay 12 months in a 24 month period if:
you need more time to complete your tourist itinerary
you can’t leave NZ for reasons beyond your control
you’ve applied for residence for the first time.
What Are The Visitor Visa New Zealand Requirements?
In this section, we will discuss all the required documents you need for your New Zealand visitor visa application.
What Are The Required Documents For The New Zealand Visitors Visa?
The required documents include the following:
A valid passport
2 Passport photos
Medical certificates and chest X-ray certificates (not required if you are staying less than 6 months)
3 Months Bank statements
Leave letter from your employer
Police certificates as proof of good character.
A letter stating that you agree to pay your health care costs.
What Are The Financial Requirements For A Visitors Visa For New Zealand?
If you do not have a sponsor, you must proof you have enough money by showing:
evidence that you have $650 per month for each person included in your application, or
evidence that you have $260 per month for each person included in your application, and evidence that each person’s accommodation costs are already paid.
If you have a sponsor, you will need to complete the Sponsorship Form for Temporary Entry (INZ 1025).
What Are The Photo Requirements For The Visitors Visa?
The photo requirements include the following:
Color photos (not black and white)
Photos must have been taken in the last 6 months
Size should be 45mm by 35mm
How To Apply Online For A New Zealand Visitors Visa?
This section will cover an in-depth step-by-step guide on how to apply for your visa.
Step 1: Create a profile on RealMe
You can start your NZ visitor visa application online .
Once you start your online application with the link above, you will be redirected to this page to create a RealMe login account.
Next, you must enter your email address and verify that email address. RealMe will send the verification code to your email. You also need to provide a username and a password.
Step 2: Start Your Application
Under the 'My visas' tab, you can click on the button that says ‘Apply For A visa’.
Step 3: Fill In The Application Form
Now you will need to fill in all the details of the online application form, including personal details, passport details, health declarations, employment details, and upload supporting documents such as your passport photos, passport, bank statements, and itineraries.
In some countries, you may not be able to apply for your tourist visa online. Instead, it would be best to apply to a Embassy of New Zealand or Consular.
Step 4: Pay The Visa Fees
The fees can be paid by various debit and credit cards during your application process. Now you can submit your application.
Step 5: Wait For Your Visa To Be Processed
Now the waiting game starts. Keep a look out in your email for notifications about your visa status. Alternatively, log in to your realMe account again to view your application status.
How To Check The Status Of My Application?
When you applied for your visa, you had to set up an online RealMe account. You can log in to that account to find out if the officials need more information from you and other information about your application's progress.
Or you can contact the customer care line at +64 9 914 4100.
What To Expect When Arriving In New Zealand?
When you arrive in NZ, make sure to have all your supporting documents ready when you reach the immigration counters.
The most important being your passport, visa, and proof of payment for the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL).
If the immigration officer is satisfied with your documents, he will stamp your passport, and you will gain entry into New Zealand.
Now you know everything about the tourist visa! Get ready to have a seamless application process! All that is left to do is to pack your bags!
All information was found on reputable sources such as such as travel.state.gov and 100% Pure New Zealand and New Zealand Immigration .
Frequently Asked Questions
No, US Citizens need to get a New Zealand ETA .
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New Zealand Visitor Visa checklist
When you apply for a New Zealand visa , you need to make a visitor visa checklist so that you don’t forget to meet all of the requirements. However, this checklist might vary depending on your nationality. We mention this because you might need a Paper Visa to enter this country, or you could simply apply for a New Zealand ETA .
The New Zealand ETA is an online document that can be used by travelers who are exempt from needing a Paper Visa. The checklist for this document is quite simple and we’ll mention it in this article.
Lucky for you, iVisa.com doesn’t impose many requirements, which is why the list is relatively short for you. We recommend you use iVisa.com to apply for your ETA or even just to find out if you need another type of document to enter New Zealand. Remember that you can verify this information on our homepage by using our visa checker tool.
If you pay attention, you can check everything off the list in no time.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Do i need a visa to visit new zealand.
It depends on your nationality. With iVisa.com, you can apply for an ETA online. But, before applying for this document, you should check your eligibility. You can click here and use our visa checker putting your nationality and New Zealand as your destination.
WHAT IS AN ETA?
The New Zealand Tourist ETA (NZ Electronic Travel Authority) is an electronic visa that grants the holder the right to enter New Zealand multiple times. There’s no need to make an appointment or present original documents to the Embassy by using our services.
This online document is available only for those nationalities that don’t need a Paper Visa to enter New Zealand, including Canada and the United States.
HOW LONG CAN VISITORS STAY IN NEW ZEALAND WITH AN ETA?
If you apply for a New Zealand ETA , you can stay in the country for 90 days Per Entry . This document also gives you Multiple Entry , so you can enter and leave many times.
WHAT ARE THE DOCUMENTS REQUIRED TO APPLY?
With iVisa.com , you’ll need just a few documents to start your application. We’ll ask you for the following as a New Zealand visitor visa checklist:
- A current passport that is valid for at least six months upon arrival.
- Arrival and departure dates.
- Credit/debit card or PayPal account.
- You also need a valid email address where you’ll get the ETA.
Keep in mind that by using other services you could need more documents, and that could make you waste more time. That’s why we can guarantee that iVisa.com allows you to save effort and a lot of time with travel requirements like this one.
HOW LONG IS THE ETA VALID?
Once you receive your ETA , you’ll be able to use it for 2 years after issued .
WHAT ARE THE PROCESSING TIMES AND PRICES?
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- Standard processing : your application is processed within 2 days , and the price is USD $129.99 (service fees included).
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- Super rush processing : this is the fastest option. You will get your ETA in only 2 hours , and you will be charged USD $301.99 (service fees included).
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HOW CAN I APPLY FOR A NEW ZEALAND ETA?
You don’t need to be an expert on online forms to apply for this one. The process has 3 steps, and these are:
- First, offer your personal details to the online form and select the best processing time for you.
- The second step will ask you to check all the information you gave in step one and make the payment.
- The last step is based only on documents, so you’ll only have to upload the documents required (only if necessary).
You can start your online form here . After you are ready with this process, you can click on submit and wait for your ETA, which will be delivered via email. Don’t forget that iVisa.com has a fantastic support service that you can contact if you need help while applying.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I HAVE APPLIED?
The only thing you have to do after you apply is to wait for your New Zealand ETA via email inbox, nothing else. You don’t even need to visit the embassy- remember that we contact the official authorities because that’s part of our job and the service we provide.
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I HAVE MORE UNRESOLVED QUESTIONS, WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFO?
You can click here to start chatting with one of our customer service representatives, especially if you have problems while completing the form or you have questions about our New Zealand visitor visa checklist. Alternatively, you can read more information here .
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The following documents are required in order to get your Tourist New Zealand Visa :
- Valid passport with at least 6 months validity at the time of arrival in New Zealand and old passport, if any
- Two recent photographs of 35mm x 45mm, with white background
- Visa application forms and a covering letter demonstrating the purpose of visit.
- Round trip itinerary along with air tickets
- Bank statements of last 6 months and International Credit card copies with statements
- Employers need to submit job confirmation letter along with salary slips of last three months and original leave letter from organization
- Submit all the documents at the counter of New Zealand Visa Application Centre.
- Submit visa fee there which is acceptable in PHP currency only.
- There will be no embassy interview sessions for checking and verifying documents submitted by the applicants
- All the documents will be approved by New Zealand immigration officials and then visa will be processed.
- Choose the most appropriate visa category to visit New Zealand which clearly demonstrates the purpose of your visit
- Also, present all the supporting documents required if you are being sponsored by any of your relative and all your expenses are being paid by them.
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- The visa will be processed within 10-15 days after applying and paying the fees.
- It is must to notarize all the financial documents related to visa process from advocate.
- The documents which are not in English are to be translated by translation service providers.
- Must take care that all the documents presented should be original and must not lead to any fraudulent cases.
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How to Get a New Zealand Visitor Visa
If you are planning a visit to New Zealand with your family and friends to explore, you may need to get a New Zealand visitor or tourist visa, depending on what country you reside in.
A New Zealand visitor visa can allow you to stay as a tourist for up to 9 months in an 18-month period. It allows you to leave and enter the country as often as you need. However, you still need to apply on arrival at each entry point. If you wish to study here, this visa allows you to study for 3 months within a period of 12 months.
Although a New Zealand visitor visa is valid for only 9 months, it can be extended up to a duration of 12 months in some special scenarios as:
- If you are involved in an accident or anything else happens to you, and you are unable to leave New Zealand.
- If you need more time to complete a tourist itinerary.
- If you're applying for residency for the first time.
Before this extension is granted, you will need to provide evidence that you can support yourself independently and will not work or study.
Who Can Apply for a New Zealand Visitor Visa?
Eligibility for a New Zealand visitor visa depends on your home country and the time you want for your visit. For example, if you are from Australia, you do not need to apply for a visitor visa.
If you want to stay for a short period and you are from New Zealand visa waiver countries or territories , there's no need to apply for a visitor or tourist visa. You can come to New Zealand by holding an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority). It allows you to stay in New Zealand for up to a period of 3 months. If you are from the UK, you can stay up to 6 months.
If you are from a country other than the visa waiver list mentioned above, you need to apply for a visitor visa for entry. Forward planning is essential as you will need to ensure you follow the procedures and meet the requirements before the visa is issued, which can take up to a month or more to process before you can travel to New Zealand.
However, if you do not meet these requirements, it is definitely worth contacting an Immigration adviser as, in some cases, they can assist these types of travellers to come to New Zealand on NZeTAs and New Zealand visitor visas. They can also provide support with Group Visitor visa applications, taking the hassle out of organising multiple visas.
Our immigration advisers are more than happy to talk you through the process.
Let's break down exactly what you will need to apply for a New Zealand visitor visa.
Requirements for a New Zealand Visitor Visa
If you want to apply for a New Zealand visitor visa, you should meet these requirements:
1. Reason to Visit
If you are applying for a short-term visa to be in New Zealand, it is necessary to satisfy an immigration officer that you have a genuine reason for your visit to New Zealand. Your intention could be to visit tourist spots, explore New Zealand, see your family or friends, visit an organisation or university, etc.
You will need to provide immigration officers with your reason for visiting and meet the conditions.
Some conditions are:
- You must follow the rules and regulations of New Zealand.
- You will not stay in New Zealand for more than the visa validity period.
- You will leave the country before your visa expires.
The reason to visit should be authentic. Otherwise, your application can be rejected without any clear reasons. If you want help to ensure your visa process goes smoothly, get in touch with Immigration Advisers
2. Character Requirements
When applying for a visitor visa, you will be asked if there are any past criminal or visa issues that may reflect how they assess your character. Immigration officials may request a police certificate to provide further documentation or approve a waiver for minor misdemeanours.
3. Funds in your Account
One of the key requirements to get a New Zealand visitor visa is the availability of sufficient funds in cash or a bank account.
- You must have at least $1000 for every month of your visit to New Zealand. These funds must be shown in your documents for the application.
- If your family is in New Zealand, and you want to get a visa to visit them, then the funds requirements are reduced to $400 per month or nothing.
Why Do They Ask For Evidence of Money?
The simplest answer is that you have funds to support yourself while in NZ. You must have the above-mentioned funds in your bank account and/or evidence of prepaid accommodation to ensure you can live comfortably. Sponsorship is an alternative to ensure that this criteria are met.
What if You Are Pregnant?
If you are pregnant and want to deliver your baby in New Zealand, you may be eligible for publicly funded health care. However, for those who are not, additional evidence of funding is a requirement in this case. In this case, you must have at least $9000 in your account to support health and living costs.
4. Health Requirements
You should be medically fit and active to travel to New Zealand and at the time of applying for a New Zealand Visitor Visa. You may be asked to complete an immigration medical if you intend to be in NZ for 12 months or longer or an x-ray if you have spent time in a country with high rates of TB.
5. Onward Journey
You will be asked to show evidence to immigration officials that you have a return ticket to your home country (or a country you have the right of entry) or enough funds to purchase a return airline ticket. These are additional funds, other than the evidence of funds to support your living expenses discussed above.
Steps to Obtaining a New Zealand Visitor Visa
If you want to apply for a New Zealand visitor visa , you have to follow some steps to follow:
1. Your Documentation
Before applying, there are official documents you will need to gather. You may need specific immigration advice if medical documentation or police certificates are necessary. Ensure you carefully follow the instructions and ask for advice before lodging your application if you are unsure.
A complete online application form will include:
- A passport-size photo.
- A copy of your passport
- Medical Certificate from authorised medical practitioners and physicians, if required.
- Police certificates if required.
- Bank statements to show available funds to support yourself and purchase outward tickets
- Letter from your employer confirming annual leave granted and for what dates.
- Return travel (itinerary from a travel agent)
- If you intend to visit family in New Zealand, show your relationship to them.
All documents should be in English and supported by an authorised English translation if required.
Other documents may be required depending on the circumstances of the intended visit.
2. New Zealand Visitor Visa Application
To apply for a New Zealand visitor visa, you can apply online through the NZ government website or a service like Malcolm Pacific Immigration.
3. Getting Your Visa
After applying, your documents will be assessed by an immigration officer. If all your documents are verified and your reason to visit is genuine, you'll be issued your visitor visa. Then, grab your bag and get ready to fly to New Zealand.
However, if your documents do not meet all the requirements discussed above, your application may be rejected. You can apply again after being rejected, but ensure you address any concerns in your next application.
Cost of Applying for a New Zealand Visitor Visa
Charges cover the Immigration agent processing of your application and the non-refundable immigration levy.
- Charges for a single-person application are $246, including IVL (International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy of New Zealand) of $35. These charges are non-refundable even if your application gets rejected.
Payment Methods for Fee
You can pay the fee online through MasterCard, UnionPay, Visa credit, or debit card.
Time Frame for Processing Your Application
75% of applications are completed within 71 days. However, it can vary depending on how complex your case is or how many applications the immigration office is processing. So best to plan ahead to ensure you don't have to delay an exciting adventure.
A Few Takeaways
Applying for a New Zealand Visitors visa is a straightforward process, just plan ahead and answer honestly. Then, you can be enjoying the best of New Zealand pretty soon.
You can always keep yourself informed about visas and Immigration NZ news by subscribing to our newsletter or by reaching out to our experienced immigration advisers.
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Migrant Worker Residence
Today the government announced a pathway to residence for migrant workers who are living and working in New Zealand. Applications open on 1 December 2021 for the first wave who are eligible to apply. The second wave can apply from 1 March 2022. The deadline to lodge an application is 31 July 2022 or else they will miss out on this one off opportunity.
Skilled Migrants Opportunity
Today the government announced a pathway to residence for people living and working in New Zealand. Applications open on 1 December 2021 for the first wave eligible to apply. The second wave can apply from 1 March 2022. The deadline to lodge an application is 31 July 2022 or else you miss the boat.
New Employer Accreditation Process
The government has moved the introduction of the new employer accreditation process across to mid-2022. At the same time, the Minister of Immigration announced new work visa rules for migrant workers who are already in New Zealand and working full time.
Skilled Migrant Changes
The government has increased the median wage to $27 per hour from 19 July. Any Skilled Migrant residence application lodged after this date will need to include a skilled job offer that pays at least $27 per hour. For some lower-skilled occupations, the minimum pay rate increases to $40.50 per hour.
Read more here.
Work Visa Rules
From 19 July 2021
- The median wage used to assess Essential Skills Work Visa applications increases from $25.50 per hour to $27 per hour.
- Applicants paid below the median wage may be granted a work visa for up to 24 months. The usual 6-month visa validity restriction is suspended until mid-2022.
- In certain cases, the labour market test is waived and in some cases, it will still apply.
From 30 June 2021
- Employer Accreditation and Approval in Principle applications are now closed.
- No new Employer Accreditation applications (including renewals) will be accepted until the new process goes live in mid-2022.
Employer Accreditation Becomes Mandatory
Employers of migrant workers must become accredited from 1 November 2021 before work visa applications can be processed. Most employers are not accredited. Those that are accredited will have to roll into the new system when it goes live in late September.
From mid-2020 (delayed)
- Government to negotiate and introduce Industry Sector agreements setting minimum conditions for industries that heavily rely on overseas workers. Sectors include; residential care, meat processing, dairy, forestry, road freight transport, tourism, and hospitality. Construction, horticulture, and viticulture may also be included.
Skilled occupation "Dairy Cattle Farmer" spilt into three occupations. New occupations are: "Dairy Farm Manager", "Assistant Dairy Farm Manager" and "Dairy Herd Manager". Each sit at different skill levels, therefore, the award of points will depend on pay rates, job tasks and other requirements.
From 15 February 2021
- Dairy Cattle Farmer job offers are now assessed by three new occupation descriptions: Dairy Farm Manager, Assistant Dairy Farm Manager and Dairy Herd Manager. Pay rates and job tasks will determine how long a work visa is valid. Take advice.
The government has deferred the fortnightly selection of Expressions of Interest from the Skilled Migrant pool for six months (to be reviewed in April 2021). Invitations to Apply for Residence remain suspended. The last selection from the Skilled Migrant pool took place on 18/03/2020.
From 7 October 2020
- Introduction of " Oversupply " and " Undersupply " occupation lists used to assess Essential Skills Work Visa applications when a job offer pays less than the median wage.
- Employers offering jobs to migrant workers where an occupation is on the " Oversupply " list will not get Skill Match reports issued by Work & Income. Solid evidence of genuine attempts to find a local to fill the job will be critical for approval.
The government added four new occupations that are now regarded as skilled employment and may qualify for job offer points under the Skilled Migrant Category. These are:
Aged or disabled carer, Bicycle mechanic, Driller and Nursing Support worker.
From 27 July 2020
- Essential Skills work visa applications are now assessed based on the current median wage (NZD $25.50 or more per hour.).
- Job offers paying below the median wage require employers to pass the labour market test * and secure a Skills Match Reports from WINZ (work visas granted for a maximum of 6 months).
Anyone invited by Immigration NZ to apply for residence under the Skilled Migrant Category where their invitation is dated between 1 November 2019 and 15 April 2020 (inclusive) has now been granted an additional six months to lodge their residence application.
From 27 May 2020
- Regional Skill Shortage List goes live. 15 regions around New Zealand list occupations reflecting local skill shortages in each region. The labour market test is not mandatory provided the job offer matches the occupation and region plus the visa applicant has qualifications and/or work experience set out on the list.
The government has deferred the fortnightly selection of Expressions of Interest from the Skilled Migrant pool. This means Invitations to Apply for Residence are also suspended. Malcolm Pacific Immigration does not anticipate selections to resume until after the general election held on 17 October 2020.
Immigration NZ is now prioritising Skilled Migrant Residence applications where the main (principal) applicant meets the criteria:
- Has employment paying double the median wage which is currently NZD $51 per hour OR NZD $106,800 per annum; OR Has New Zealand occupational registration and is required to hold valid registration to lawfully carry out their job.
From 24 February 2020
- Wage or salary thresholds increase for Essential Skills Work Visas applications lodged on or after 24/02/2020 (labour market tested; read more here ).
- Higher Skilled employment increases to $38.25 or more per hour ($79,560 per annum * )
- Mid Skilled Employment increases to $21.68 or more per hour ($45,094 per annum * )
From 7 October 2019
- Base salary to qualify for a Work to Residence Visa (WTR) supported by an accredited employer increases from $55,000 per annum to $79,560 per annum (or $38.25 per hour).
- Pay rates for WTR visas are now reviewed annually.
- Work visa applicants paid less than $79,560 per annum by accredited employers need to apply under other work visa categories.
The government recently added more occupations that are now to be regarded as skilled employment and may qualify for job offer points under the Skilled Migrant Category. In order to qualify for points, the job must be paying at least the current median wage (or higher for certain occupations) at the time the residence application is lodged.
From 1 November 2021
- Work to Residence Visa (Accredited Employer and Long Term Skill Shortage) applications close.
- Applications lodged on or before 31 October 2021 will be processed under current visa settings.
Mandatory Vaccination Required for Travel
From 1 November 2021 anyone who is not a NZ citizen must be fully vaccinated (unless exempt) before travelling to New Zealand. Fully vaccinated means your last dose of vaccine was given at least 14 days before travelling and it was an approved vaccine.
Applications for employer accreditation closed at the end of June 2021. Applications lodged before the closure date are still being processed. New applications for accreditation open on 9 May 2022 . The process will be quite different to what employers have experienced in the past. Businesses will need to meet minimum standards.
2021 Resident Visa
Wednesday, 1 December is fast approaching and it is estimated that around 16,000 individuals and families can apply in the first wave for the 2021 Resident Visa opening next month. It is exciting for the thousands of people who have been waiting patiently to become residents that finally the finish line is in sight.
The first wave of applicants can apply from 1 December 2021. Around 16,000 applications are expected in this first wave. The second wave opens on 1 March 2022. In total, the government expects approximately 110,000 applications that will include about 165,000 people.
The second group of workers who can apply online for the 2021 Resident Visa that opens on 1 March 2022 are those who hold an eligible work visa and either meet "Settled", "Skilled" or "Scarce" as set out above. In total Immigration NZ estimate around 110,000 people will qualify to apply for this visa.
The first group of workers who can apply online for the 2021 Resident Visa that opens on 1 December 2021 are those that on 29/09/2021:
- Had lodged a residence application under the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) or Residence from Work category; OR Had lodged an SMC Expression of Interest (EOI) in the SMC pool that included at least one dependent child aged 17 or above.
Is this the only requirement to qualify for residence? No. In addition to the eligible work visa criteria workers also need to be regarded as one of the following:
People who were lawfully in NZ (or in Australia when the travel bubble closed between April and July 2021) on 29/09/2021 need to meet the visa eligibility criteria:
- Workers in NZ who held an eligible work visa on or before 29/9/2021 and on the day they apply for residence; OR Applied for an eligible work visa on or before 29/9/2021 and the work visa application is subsequently approved and still hold an eligible work visa on the day they apply for residence.
The government has introduced a limited pathway to residence for people who are already living and working in New Zealand. Applications open on 1 December 2021 for the first wave of people eligible to apply. The second wave opens on 1 March 2022. The deadline to apply for the 2021 Resident Visa is 31 July 2022.
Critical Purpose Visitor Visas
A small number of critical health workers (taking up jobs for six months or longer) or specialist workers (taking up jobs that are for longer than six months) who were granted border exemptions may also have eligibility for the 2021 Resident Visa. They will need to have arrived in NZ and lodge a 2021 Resident Visa application.
Policy Decision Key Dates in 2022
- July 4. Applications open for the new Accredited Employer Work Visa.
- July 31. Applications for the 2021 Resident Visa close.
- August. Skilled Migrant Residence category scheduled to reopen.
- August. A new pathway to residence for people earning 200% or more of the median wage.
* Excludes high-risk countries.
- February 13. Fully vaccinated Kiwis plus certain other travellers entering NZ from the rest of the world * can skip MIQ.
- April 30. The border starts a phased reopen to fully vaccinated foreign nationals.
- April 30. The Productivity Commission reports back to the government on immigration settings.
- May 9. Applications open for mandatory Employer Accreditation.
Work Visa Categories Closing
The work visa categories set to close are:
- Essential Skills Work Visa
- Essential Skills Work Visa – approval in principle
- Work to Residence (Talent – Accredited Employer)
- Work to Residence (Long Term Skills Shortage)
- Silver Fern Job Search Work Visa (closed October 2019)
- Silver Fern Practical Experience Work Visa.
The Green List
In order to address labour shortages in New Zealand's crucial industries the NZ government has implemented a "Green List" of sought-after high-skill occupations. This list offers a prioritised pathway to residency.
There are qualification and/or occupational registration requirements to meet. Occupations are broken down into two tiers:
- Tier 1 - direct pathway to residence
- Tier 2 - requires a period of two years or longer before applying
The recent additions in May 2023 across many sectors can be found here
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New Zealand Tourist Visa, Application Online, Emergency Tourist Visa Requirements
Are you planning a holiday to New Zealand and would like to explore the country? You must check a few things before planning your itinerary and booking tickets.
Are you eligible for a visa waiver? New Zealand offers an ETA to citizens of 60 countries, which enables them to travel without a New Zealand tourist visa.
If you are not eligible for ETA, you must fill up the New Zealand tourist visa application and apply. The rules may vary depending on your nationality. For some nationalities, the country insists on a personal interview at the embassy if travelling for the first time. Others can apply for a New Zealand tourist visa online.
You do not require a New Zealand tourist visa as an Australian citizen. Australian citizens can do business, study or work in New Zealand without a visa.
Continue reading to know more about NZeTA, New Zealand tourist visa requirements , validity, fees and the rules for an emergency tourist visa.
1. What is New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority?
If you belong to any of the below-mentioned countries, you can apply and get the NZeTA, and you will not require a New Zealand tourist visa .
Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia (citizens only), Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (residents with HKSAR or British National–Overseas passports only), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Latvia (citizens only), Liechtenstein, Lithuania (citizens only), Luxembourg, Macau (only if you have a Macau Special Administrative Region passport), Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Oman Poland, Portugal (if you have the right to live permanently in Portugal), Qatar, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan (if you are a permanent resident) United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom (UK) (if you are travelling on a UK or British passport that shows you have the right to reside permanently in the UK) United States of America (USA) (including USA nationals), Uruguay and Vatican City.
However, there are certain conditions.
- The processing time for the NZeTA is 72 hours, so plan your travel accordingly.
- The NZeTA approval is valid for two years and allows you to travel multiple times.
- You cannot stay for more than 90 days on each trip. You will need a tourist visa application if you plan to stay more than 90 days.
You are not eligible for NZeTA if you have
- Been arrested and served a term
- Been deported from any other country
- Serious health issues.
The authorities may ask you to obtain a New Zealand tourist visa.
2. Regular tourist visa
The New Zealand tourist visa application is a multiple-entry visa valid for up to 9 months and allows you to study in New Zealand for 3 Months of courses.
The New Zealand tourist visa requirements may differ depending on your country.
You can apply for a New Zealand tourist visa online .
Fill up the tourist visa application carefully and completely. Ensure there are no mistakes, and your name, middle name, surname, and date of birth must be exactly as in the passport. The immigration officers are very strict and have the right to deny you entry when you land at the airport or seaport.
The passport must be valid for three months (90 days) from the entry date you enter the country.
Two blank pages for the immigration officers to stamp your arrival and departure dates.
Sometimes, they may ask for an invitation letter from your relatives/ friends whom you plan to visit, your itinerary, and your hotel reservation. In some cases, they ask you to prove you have strong ties to your country and you will not overstay or illegally stay. It is always better to check with the consulate or travel agent for accurate documentation to avoid delays.
Also, they may ask you to prove your financial standing. - how will you pay for your stay and daily expenses? You may have to give details of your sponsor, bank cards, or if you are going on a package tour, confirmation letter and itinerary from the tour operators.
Transit visa rules
You might require an Australian transit visa if you enter New Zealand from Australia. Check with your travel agent or local visa office.
Even if you are transiting New Zealand by air or sea, you should have a transit visa or NZeTA. It is compulsory even if you are not getting out of the airport and will only change aircraft.
Rules for an emergency tourist visa
When there is a crisis, and you must travel urgently to New Zealand, you must apply for an Emergency New Zealand Visa (eVisa for emergencies). To be eligible for the emergency tourist visa New Zealand there must be a valid reason, such as
- death of a family member or cherished one,
- coming to court for legal reasons,
- your family member or a cherished one is suffering from an actual illness.
If you submit a standard tourist visa application, the visa for New Zealand is usually issued within three days and emailed to you. The consulate does not encourage an emergency tourist visa New Zealand if you apply on the grounds of some business crisis. There must be a strong case for them to consider your application.
The embassy will not consider your application for an emergency tourist visa if your purpose of travel is
- seeing a friend or
- attending a complicated relationship.
You can apply for an emergency tourist visa by reaching the New Zealand embassy by 2 p.m. Submit the tourist visa application along with the application fee, face photograph and a passport scan copy or a photo from your phone. You can also apply for a New Zealand tourist visa online for urgent processing by visiting the website. They will send your Emergency New Zealand Visa by email. You carry a soft copy or hard copy, which is acceptable at all the New Zealand Visa Authorized Ports of Entry.
Ensure that you have checked the eligibility for your New Zealand eTA . If you are from a Visa Waiver country then you can apply for an eTA regardless of the mode of travel (Air / Cruise). United States citizens , Canadian citizens , German citizens , and United Kingdom citizens can apply online for New Zealand eTA. United Kingdom residents can stay on New Zealand eTA for 6 months while others for 90 days.
Please apply for a New Zealand eTA 72 hours in advance of your flight.
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Travel Advisory September 8, 2023
New zealand - level 1: exercise normal precautions.
Reissued with removal of major event information.
Exercise normal precautions in New Zealand.
Read the country information page for additional information on travel to New Zealand.
If you decide to travel to New Zealand:
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter .
- Review the Country Security Report for New Zealand.
- Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.
- Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist .
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Three months beyond the planned date of departure from New Zealand.
One page required for entry stamp.
New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) or visa is required.
Border Cash Report required for New Zealand Dollars (NZD) $10,000 or more in cash or foreign equivalent.
Embassies and Consulates
U.S. Consulate General Auckland Citigroup Centre, 3rd Floor, 23 Customs Street East Auckland, New Zealand Telephone: +(64) (9) 303-2724 Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(64) (4) 462-6000 Fax: +(64) (9) 303-1069 Email: [email protected]
U.S. Embassy Wellington 29 Fitzherbert Terrace, Thorndon Wellington, New Zealand Telephone: +(64) (4) 462-6000 Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(64) (4) 462-6000 Fax: +(64) (4) 499-0490
Consular services to U.S. citizens are available only at the U.S. Consulate General in Auckland. Consular services are unavailable at the U.S. Embassy in Wellington even in case of emergency. Contact the U.S. Consulate General in Auckland for consular assistance.
Learn about the U.S. relationship to countries around the world.
Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements
New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA):
- U.S. citizens traveling to or transiting through New Zealand under the visa waiver program are required to have an NZeTA . This is also true for cruise ship passengers. It can take up to 72 hours to process an NZeTA so apply well in advance of your trip. The NZeTA is valid for multiple visits for up to two years.
- If your NZeTA application is denied, you will need to apply for a visa. Visit the Embassy of New Zealand website for the most current visa information.
International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL):
- U.S. citizens traveling to New Zealand for tourism, certain student programs, and short-term business trips are required to pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) . This levy is assessed when a person applies for an NZeTA or New Zealand visa. The IVL is not required of passengers that are transiting New Zealand on a transit visa or transit ETA.
- A customs officer at the port of entry into New Zealand may examine items such as mobile phones, iPads, Android tablets, hard drives, laptops, and digital cameras. The officer may ask for your password or ask you to enter it. Fines of up to NZD $5,000 may be enforced for failure to comply. Passwords are not kept, nor is personal data altered.
- New Zealand has very strict biosecurity procedures to prevent the introduction of harmful pests and diseases. All biosecurity-risk goods must be declared or disposed of in marked amnesty bins at airports and seaports. If you do not declare goods considered to be a biosecurity risk, such as honey, fresh fruit, seeds, and plants, you can receive an immediate fine of NZD $400.
The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to, or foreign residents of, New Zealand.
Cook Islands: Cook Islands is self-governing in free association with New Zealand. U.S. citizen visitors do not require an entry permit for stays up to 31 days. Your passport needs to be valid for at least six months past the arrival date in the Cook Islands.
Find information on dual nationality , prevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.
Safety and Security
Crime: The crime rate in New Zealand is relatively low, but theft from cars, recreational vehicles, and hostels is common, especially in areas frequented by tourists.
Do not leave passports or other valuable items in unattended vehicles.
Violent crime against tourists is rare; however, if you are traveling alone, you should remain vigilant and be cautious in secluded areas.
International Financial Scams: See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information.
Internet romance and financial scams are prevalent in New Zealand. Scams are often initiated through Internet postings/profiles or by unsolicited emails and letters. Scammers almost always pose as U.S. citizens who have no one else to turn to for help. Common scams include:
- Romance/Online dating
- Money transfers
- Grandparent/Relative targeting
Victims of Crime: For emergencies please dial 111 for Police, Fire and Ambulance. For non-emergencies please dial 105 for Police, and contact the U.S. Consulate General Auckland at +64 4 462 6000.
Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crime.
If you are on the Cook Islands, the emergency police number is 999.
See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas .
How we can assist:
- Help you find appropriate medical care
- Assist you in reporting a crime to the police
- Contact relatives or friends with your written consent
- Provide general information regarding the victim’s role during the local investigation and following its conclusion
- Provide a list of local attorneys
- Provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
- Provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
- Help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
- Replace a stolen or lost passport
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence are encouraged to contact the Consulate General for assistance.
Tourism: The tourism industry is generally regulated and rules [with regards to best practices and safety inspections] are regularly enforced. Hazardous areas/activities are identified with appropriate signage and professional staff is typically on hand in support of organized activities. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is widely available throughout the country. Outside of a major metropolitan center, it may take more time for first responders and medical professionals to stabilize a patient and provide life-saving assistance. U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage .
Local Laws & Special Circumstances
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Individuals establishing a business or practicing a profession that requires additional permits or licensing should seek information from the competent local authorities, prior to practicing or operating a business.
Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking in illegal drugs in New Zealand are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines.
In New Zealand, driving under the influence could land you in jail. Roadside sobriety checks by police are common. The blood alcohol limit in New Zealand is lower than that in most U.S. states.
Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the United States, regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Consulate General immediately. See our webpage for further information.
Natural Disasters and Weather Conditions: Natural disasters occur in New Zealand and include earthquakes, tsunamis, volcano eruptions, and cyclones. In addition, weather conditions can change quickly leaving you stranded or injured, particularly if you are in an isolated area.
- For information on how to prepare for a crisis visit our webpage Crisis Abroad: Be Ready.
- For information on seasonal storms visit our webpage Hurricanes, Typhoons, and Cyclones. In addition, New Zealand’s Meteorological Service has a Tropical Cyclone bulletin with updated warnings.
- Monitor meteorological websites such as the Joint Typhoon Warning Center .
- Visit MetService for forecasts and official warnings.
- Visit The Department of Homeland Security and the CDC websites for information on how to prepare for a specific natural disaster.
- Always follow the advice of local authorities.
On December 9, 2019, the volcano on Whakaari/White Island erupted while tourists were visiting. This led to numerous casualties, including deaths of U.S. citizens. The volcano remains active and further eruptions are possible. Avoid Whakaari/White Island and follow the advice of local authorities.
There are many areas in New Zealand with active volcanoes. Tourists are encouraged to visit GeoNet for up-to-date information on volcanic alert levels, as well as other geological hazards in New Zealand. As always, follow the advice of local authorities.
The National Emergency Management Agency provides timely information to citizens and visitors through an Emergency Mobile Alert . This service is broadcast from local cell towers to all capable phones in the area and is designed to provide targeted messaging to areas affected by serious hazards. Messages will only be sent when there is a serious threat to life, health, or property.
Adventure Sports: Injuries and death can result from participating in extreme adventure sports, such as bungee jumping, sky diving, hiking, rappelling, climbing, motorcycling, and kayaking. Use caution and common sense when engaging in these activities. Make sure you have travel medical insurance and that it covers your sport.
Never participate in adventure sports alone. Always carry identification and let someone else know where you are at all times. Before kayaking, check the river conditions and wear a life jacket. When hiking, rappelling, or climbing, carry a first aid kit and know the location of the nearest rescue center.
Visit the New Zealand Department of Conservation website for advice and direction on how to safely and legally hike, bike, etc. in New Zealand.
Imports: New Zealand is an island nation, and the government is serious about preserving its delicate ecosystem. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) strictly regulates what can be imported into New Zealand.
- If you do not declare goods that could be quarantined, you can be fined up to NZD $100,000 and/or face up to five years in prison.
- If you do not declare goods considered to be a biosecurity risk, such as honey, fresh fruit, seeds, and plants, you can receive an instant fine of NZD $400.
- When importing a pet, you will need thorough veterinary documentation and a quarantine period will be required.
- The MPI may seize and destroy unfinished wood products, used hiking shoes, gardening tools, fresh food items, and items such as used pet carriers. Thoroughly clean any hiking equipment or sports gear prior to your arrival in New Zealand.
For more information visit the Biosecurity New Zealand website.
Faith-Based Travelers: See the following webpages for details:
- Faith-Based Travel Information
- International Religious Freedom Report – see country reports
- Human Rights Report – see country reports
- Hajj Fact Sheet for Travelers
- Best Practices for Volunteering Abroad
LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in New Zealand.
See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.
Travelers with Disabilities: The law in New Zealand prohibits discrimination against persons with physical disability or impairment; any other loss or abnormality of psychological or anatomical structure or function; reliance on a guide dog, wheelchair, or other remedial means; and the presence in the body of organisms capable of causing illness. The law is enforced. Social acceptance of persons with disabilities in public is as prevalent as in the United States. The most common types of accessibility may include accessible facilities, information, and access to services. Expect accessibility to be limited in public transportation, lodging, and general infrastructure.
- Every new building and major reconstruction in New Zealand must provide "reasonable and adequate" access for individuals with disabilities, but be aware that most buildings pre-date this requirement. Most facilities have wheelchair access.
- Many transport operators can provide accessible transport, but most need advance notice so you may want to call ahead to describe your needs. Mobility parking permits are available.
- If you are planning a holiday and need information on facilities for individuals with disabilities, please visit the New Zealand Tourism website.
- Rental, repair and replacement parts for aids/equipment/devices may be limited. Service providers, such as sign language interpreters or personal assistants are available in many areas.
- For more information on the availability of disability services in New Zealand, please visit the disability section of the New Zealand Ministry of Health website.
Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips .
Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers .
Travelers and crew do not need pre-departure tests or proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter New Zealand. Please check with your airline or cruise provider as they may still require proof of vaccination.
For emergency services in New Zealand, dial 111 .
Ambulance services and quality medical care are widely available in New Zealand. Waiting lists exist for certain types of treatment. Access to medical care may be less available in rural areas. We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare/Medicaid does not apply overseas. Most hospitals and doctors overseas do not accept U.S. health insurance.
Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. If they do not, consider emergency or comprehensive traveler’s insurance. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage. Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information on type of insurance you should consider before you travel overseas.
We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.
Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription. Check with the government of New Zealand regulations at New Zealand MedSafe to ensure the medication is legal in New Zealand.
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Further health information:
- World Health Organization
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Air Quality: Visit AirNow Department of State for information on air quality at U.S. Embassies and Consulates.
The U.S. Consulate General maintains a list of doctors and hospitals. We do not endorse or recommend any specific medical provider or clinic.
Assisted Reproductive Technology and Surrogacy:
- If you are considering traveling to New Zealand to have a child through use of assisted reproductive technology (ART) or surrogacy, please see our ART and Surrogacy Abroad page .
- Although surrogacy agencies/clinics claim surrogacy is legal in New Zealand, there is little legal framework for foreigners or same-sex couples to pursue surrogacy in New Zealand. As a result, surrogacy agreements between foreign or same-sex intending parents and gestational mothers may not be enforced by New Zealand courts. You may be required to adopt the child before you are given parental rights.
- If you decide to pursue parenthood in New Zealand via assisted reproductive technology (ART) with a gestational mother, be prepared for long and unexpected delays in documenting your child’s citizenship. Be aware that individuals who attempt to circumvent local law risk criminal prosecution.
Adventure Travel: Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information about Adventure Travel .
General Health Language: Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information about Resources for Travelers regarding specific issues in New Zealand.
Travel and Transportation
Road Conditions and Safety: While in New Zealand, you may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States.
Renting a car or a camper is a popular way to enjoy New Zealand's natural beauty, but if you are unfamiliar with local conditions, you should be extremely careful. New Zealand has only 100 miles of multi-lane divided motorways. Most intercity travel is on narrow, two-lane roads. While these roads are in good condition, New Zealand's rugged terrain means motorists often encounter sharper curves and steeper grades than those found on the U.S. Interstate Highway System.
- Use caution to avoid animals when driving in rural areas.
- There is very limited cell phone coverage on large portions of scenic highway in the South Island, which is remote and has little traffic.
- Drivers are advised to review the driving rules and regulations beforehand. For example, pedestrians do not have the right of way except in crosswalks. New Zealand law requires that cars stop at least two meters (approximately 6 feet) from a crosswalk that is in use. Additionally, there is no left-hand turn allowed at a red light. Drivers are reminded to remain cognizant of turning to the left (counterclockwise) when entering traffic circles.
Traffic Laws: All traffic moves on the left in New Zealand, and you should exercise extra caution if you are accustomed to driving on the right.
- Driving on the wrong side of the road is a leading cause of serious injury and death for U.S. tourists.
- Make sure to follow the posted speed limit signs. The speed limits are much lower than those in the United States.
- Proceed carefully through intersections. Traffic circles are common throughout New Zealand. When approaching a traffic circle, always yield to traffic coming from the right--noting that traffic already in the circle has the right-of-way--and merge to the left into the circle. Left turns on a red traffic signal are not permitted.
- New Zealand prohibits driving while texting as well as driving while using a cell phone.
See our Road Safety page for more information. Visit the website of the New Zealand Transport Agency for information about safe driving in New Zealand.
Public Transportation: New Zealand has public transport systems in all major cities and some towns. The public transportation system in New Zealand is generally easy to use and reliable.
Aviation Safety Oversight: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the government of New Zealand’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of New Zealand’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page .
Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to New Zealand should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts . Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website , and the NGA broadcast warnings .
For additional travel information
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Call us in Washington, D.C. at 1-888-407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) or 1-202-501-4444 (from all other countries) from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution and Travel Advisories .
- Follow us on Twitter and Facebook .
- See traveling safely abroad for useful travel tips.
Review information about International Parental Child Abduction in New Zealand . For additional IPCA-related information, please see the International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act ( ICAPRA ) report.
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