New Zealand Visa and Passport Requirements
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To enter New Zealand, a passport valid for at least three months beyond the intended period of stay is required by nationals referred to in the chart above.
Visas for New Zealand are not required by nationals referred to in the chart above for stays of up to three months.
• UK nationals may stay for up to six months.
• Australian nationals may stay indefinitely.
On arrival, all visitors are required to complete a Passenger Arrival Card before passing through customs or passport control. These cards are usually given out during in-bound flights but are also available in the arrivals area of the airport. Visitors from the 50 countries which have a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand do not need a visa for visits of up to three months. All other nationals require a visitor’s visa. If passengers are simply passing through New Zealand and aren’t covered by the visa waiver arrangement, they usually require a transit visa (with a few exceptions). Work, business and student visas are also available for people travelling in these capacities.
Visitor visa: NZ$165; transit visa: NZ$140.
To apply for a visitor visa, go to your nearest New Zealand embassy or download and complete the relevant forms from Immigration New Zealand (www.immigration.govt.nz).
It is illegal to work on a visitor permit, except for Australians who can legally work without a visa or permit. All other nationalities must obtain a work visa, which allows you to enter the country, then a work permit, which allows you to work after your arrival. There are application forms available on Immigration New Zealand website.
The exception to this rule are working holiday visas, which are available to a number of nationalities aged 18 to 30. The visa is valid for 12 months (or 23 months in some cases) and only issued to people genuinely interested in temporary employment.
All visitors making an application for a visitor permit need to demonstrate they have sufficient money to support themselves whilst in the country (typically NZ$1,000 per month).
You can extend visitor visas as long as the total time you spend in New Zealand doesn't exceed nine months in an 18-month period or, in some cases, you may be allowed to stay for a maximum of 12 months. Applications are looked at on an individual basis and visitors need to prove they have sufficient funds to continue their stay. You can apply at any Immigration New Zealand office.
Pets need to undergo medical tests and must be given a microchip implant, a rabies vaccination and rabies titre test before entering New Zealand. Cats and dogs from some countries require a period of quarantine on arrival and an import permit is also required for all pets; download forms and check individual country requirements on the Ministry of Primary Industries website (www.biosecurity.govt.nz). A permit costs NZ$167 and is issued on condition that the owner has a letter from an approved quarantine facility confirming a space has been booked for their pet.