New Zealand Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa required
Australian Yes No No
British Yes Yes No
Canadian Yes Yes No
Other EU Yes Yes No/1
USA Yes Yes No

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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

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.

Visa note

Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact their nearest New Zealand Immigration Service to check visa requirements.

1. The visa waiver does not apply to people travelling on alien (non-citizen) passports issued by Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Types and cost

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 countries which have a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand do not need a visa for visits of up to three months (six months for UK visitors). All other nationals require a visitor’s visa. Work, business and student visas are also available for people travelling in these capacities.

Visitor visa: NZ$165; transit visa: NZ$140.

Validity

Visitor visa: maximum stay of nine months.

Transit

Nationals which have a visa waiver agreement (including all those listed in the chart above) do not require a transit visa, nor do any travellers stopping at a New Zealand airport whose final destination is Australia. Some other nationals do require a transit visa however and should check with the nearest New Zealand embassy/high commission before travelling.

Application to

To apply for a visitor visa, go to your nearest New Zealand embassy/high commission or download and complete the relevant forms from Immigration New Zealand (www.immigration.govt.nz).

Temporary residence

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's 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. 

Working days

Allow up to four weeks for visa processing.

Sufficient funds

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).

Entry documents

No vaccination certificates or additional documents are required.

Extension of stay

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.

Entry with pets

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.

Embassies and tourist offices

New Zealand Embassy in the USA
Telephone: (202) 328 4800. Website: http://www.nzembassy.com/usa Opening times: Mon-Fri 0830-1600.
New Zealand High Commission in the UK
Telephone: (020) 7930 8422. Website: http://www.nzembassy.com/united-kingdom Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1700.
British High Commission in New Zealand
Telephone: (0) 4924 2888. Website: http://www.gov.uk/government/world/new-zealand Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1700.
Edited by Jane Duru
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