Do you need a visa or permit?
You do not need a visa or permit to visit New Zealand if you are:
- A New Zealand/Australia citizen or Resident Permit holder
- An Australian citizen travelling on an Australian passport
- British citizen and or British passport holder who can produce evidence of the right to reside permanently in the UK (you can stay up to six months)
- A citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand (you can stay up to three months).
Visa Waiver countries:
||United Arab Emirates
||United States of America*******
*) A visa waiver does not apply to people travelling on alien's (non-citizen's) passports issued by these countries.
**) Greek passport holders whose passports were issued on and after 1 January 2006. (Greek passports issued before 1 January 2006 are not acceptable for travel after 1 January 2007.)
***) Residents of Hong Kong travelling on Hong Kong Special Administrative Region or British National (Overseas) passports.
****) Residents of Macao travelling on Macao Special Administrative Region passports.
*****) Portuguese passport holders must also have the right to live permanently in Portugal.
******) Permanent residents of Taiwan travelling on Taiwan passports. A personal identity number printed within the visible section of the biographical page of the Taiwan passport demonstrates that the holder is a permanent resident of Taiwan.
*******) Including nationals of the USA.
If you come from Visa-waiver countries, you don't need a visa to enter New Zealand, but are still required to provide:
- Travel tickets or evidence of onward travel arrangements
- Evidence that you can support yourself in New Zealand (approximately NZ$1000 per month per person).
How to apply?
For everything you need to know about entering New Zealand, please visit Immigration New Zealand.
To save time you may apply for your visa online: www.immigration.govt.nz. The online facility ensures that the applications are received almost immediately once the fee is paid.
If you choose to submit your application online, you will still have the option to submit all the necessary supporting documents, like your letter of invitation, a reference from the local association etc. It is also important to provide evidence of your personal circumstances, such as
- Previous travels
- Immediate family remaining in home country
- Any fixed assets like land, property
- Any business interests (e.g. business registration documents / bank statements)
- Financial status (bank statements for the last six months)
- Any other socio-economic ties with the home country
This will ensure that applications are not delayed and that the authorities do not have to go back to applicants to request additional information.
You will need to complete a Passenger Arrival Card before passing through Customs Passport Control. A passenger arrival card will be given to you during your flight; if not, cards are available in the arrival area.
Customs prohibited and restricted goods, Biosecurity risk goods
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 it's 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.
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 listed of prohibited, restricted or declarable items, please visit New Zealand Customs.
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.
Domestic pets may be brought into New Zealand but need to meet specific conditions. For information on bringing pets to New Zealand visit New Zealand Biosecurity.