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Do you have to apply for a Visitor Visa?

If you want to visit New Zealand, you might not have to apply for a visitor visa if you are from a Visa Waiver Country. However, from 1 October 2019, you will need to hold an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) to enter the country.

If you are from one of the visa waiver countries listed below you will be granted an electronic three months visitor visa once you have landed, provided you hold an NZeTA.

The following countries are visa waiver countries:

  • 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
  • Korea (South)
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia (citizens only)
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania (citizens only)
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau (Macau Special Administrative Region passports only)
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Poland
  • Portugal (with the right to live permanently in Portugal)
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan (permanent residents only)
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom (must have the right to reside permanently in the United Kingdom)
  • United States of America (includes USA nationals)
  • Uruguay
  • Vatican City

If you are required to apply for a visitor visa, because your country is not listed as a visa waiver country, you will have to comply with health, character and financial requirements.

If you want to extend your stay you will have to apply for an extension of your visitor visa.

UK passport holders and Australian Citizens

UK passport holders will be given a six months visitor visa if they have an NZeTA.

Australian citizens do not need a visa to enter New Zealand.

The Passenger Arrival Card

Please note: On your arrival, you will be asked to complete a New Zealand Passenger Arrival Card.

You will have to declare that you are coming to New Zealand for a holiday only and that you hold an outward ticket and have enough funds available to maintain yourself during your planned stay.

If you are planning to work or study in New Zealand you will have to apply for a work or study visa.

Advance Passenger Screening, APS

Immigration New Zealand works in partnership with all major airlines across the world to ensure that only passengers who are eligible to enter New Zealand on arrival will be allowed to board an aircraft.

Our advice to you: Please talk to our Licensed Immigration Advisers to ensure that you will be allowed to enter New Zealand. They will let you know which visa is right for your plans for New Zealand.

Read more about APS: Before you board your flight.

Can you come to New Zealand to look for a job? Read more about this important question.

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