Visitor Visas: You want to come to New Zealand for a holiday

Do you want to come to New Zealand for a holiday?

If you are planning to enjoy New Zealand as a tourist you might have to apply for a visitor visa.

First of all, check whether your country is a visa waiver country. That would make your arrival in New Zealand a lot more straight forward. 

You will not have to apply for a visitor visa before you arrive in New Zealand, if you are from one of the visa waiver countries and will be granted an electronic three months visitor visa once you have landed.

Visa Waiver Countries - You do not have to apply for a Visitor Visa if you are from one of the following countries:  

Andorra
Argentina
Austria
Bahrain
Belgium
Brazil
Brunei
Bulgaria
Canada
Chile
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Korea (South)
Kuwait
Latvia
Liechtenstein Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macau
Malaysia
Malta
Mexico
Monaco
Netherlands
Norway
Oman
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Qatar
San Marino
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
Slovak Republic
Slovenia
South Africa
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan
United Arab Emirates
United States of America
Uruguay
Vatican City

UK passport holders will be given a six months visitor visa and Australian citizens do not need a visa to enter New Zealand. 

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

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

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 heath, character and financial requirements.

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. 

Ask our Licensed Immigration Adviser

If you want to find out more about obtaining the right visa for New Zealand, contact Julia Cooke, Licensed Immigration Adviser at NZIC.

Ask Julia for a Free Assessment