You need to apply for a visitor visa when you intend to visit New Zealand for the purposes of tourism, visiting family, social visits and short business matters. You should apply within two to three months of your intended travel if possible.
There are special visitor categories. Requirements for each category vary.
You may visit www.immigration.govt.nz or confirm with the VIA Center at (63 2) 8459 222.
There is no application fee for visits less than 59 days.
Applicants who clearly intend to remain beyond 59 days in New Zealand, or are assessed as likely to apply for a different type of visa onshore, will be advised either that their applications will be replaced to more appropriate visa categories and charged the appropriate visa fee accordingly, i.e. partner/dependents of a long-term worker, or assessed in light of the determination made.
However, if you are holding a citizenship of another country, you will be required to pay the fee. Please refer to the link below.
See our office and fees finder.
No, the application fee is a processing fee and is non-refundable regardless of the outcome of your visa application.
See lodging your application.
Please use the Tourist/Business Visitor Visa Application (INZ 1189) PDF [346KB] form.
You can download forms from the forms and guides page on the INZ website.
Your application can cover your partner and any dependent children up to the age of 19. Children over 20, and non-dependants, will need to make their own application.
It is important that you submit the proper photo requirement, the fees if necessary, the passport, and other documents relevant to justify your capability and/or reason to travel.
Two passport-sized photos taken within the last six months.
Passports must be valid for six months beyond the intended date of departure from New Zealand. We will accept the application with a certified copy of the biodata page of the passport but we will require the actual passport for 24 hours before a visa is issued.
This includes, but is not limited to, supplementary questionnaires; bank certificates; employment certificate indicating your designation, tenure and employment; leave certificate; flight bookings or itinerary; hotel bookings, and invitations from New Zealand.
The documents may vary depending on your purpose. For a thorough list, please see our Visitor Visa Checklist PDF or telephone the VIA Centre (63 2) 8459 222.
This is the General Visitor Visa Checklist PDF.
You may provide your business registration and tax certifications.
You may provide a letter of support from your parent, guardian or your sponsor as well as justifications that you are still a student. This includes enrolment form or letter of certification from the school.
If you are travelling to New Zealand for an 'express purpose' and have concerns that you may not qualify for a general visitor visa based on your return incentives, you might consider applying directly for a limited visa.
Children under the age of 16 years travelling alone or with only one parent must provide a written letter of consent from both parents which include the parents contact details and identification. We also require a travel clearance from the Department of Social Welfare & Development (DSWD). For information on how to obtain a DWSD Clearance, please contact their office. See more info on travelling with a minor.
Processing times vary according to the quality of documentation supplied. However we aim to process visitor visa applications within 15 working days.
Either evidence of funds to support yourself which must be a minimum of NZ$1,000.00 per month of stay. This can be in the form of bank records, cash, traveller’s cheques or credit card statements. If you will be providing a bank certificate, please provide a copy of your savings history as well.
Or Sponsorship Form for Temporary Entry (INZ 1025) PDF [248KB] completed by a New Zealand citizen or resident along with evidence of their ability to support you while you are in New Zealand.
You may still opt to provide evidence of your funds detailed above. If you are sponsored, make sure that the Sponsorship Form for Temporary Entry (INZ 1025) PDF [248KB] is duly completed and supported by necessary documents.
The success of a visitor visa application will depend on the applicant's individual circumstances. The submissions made are still subject for review by an immigration officer to ensure they meet the relevant visitor visa requiremenrts at the time of your application.
Submission of complete documents will aid in faster processing of an application but does not automatically mean outright approval can be guaranteed.
If your intention is to stay in New Zealand for more than six months but less than 12 months, you must provide a completed Chest X-ray Certificate (INZ 1096) PDF [134KB].
If your intention is to stay in New Zealand for more than 12 months, you are required to submit a General Medical Certificate (INZ 1007) PDF [474KB].
Depending on your purpose, you may be required to provide a General Medical Certificate and Chest X-ray Certificate even if your declared stay is 59 days or less.
If you have active or old healed TB, your medical certificates are likely to be referred to a medical assessor. Applicants with a history of TB should provide all documentation (X-ray films/plates/scans) to show recent and past history of diagnosis and treatment. X-ray films/plates/scans should have corresponding reports attached. We also strongly recommend that the results of three sputum cultures be attached to your medical certificate as they will be required by the medical assessor.
Yes, pregnant women and children below the age of 11 years are not required to have a chest X-ray.
Immigration New Zealand Manila only accepts Chest X-ray and full medical certificates from authorised panel doctors. Refer to the Panel Doctors list to find an authorised panel doctor near you.
The fees are determined by your preferred doctors. It is best to contact them regarding their fees.
Yes, you can download forms from the forms and guides page on the INZ website.
It depends on your length of stay and purpose.
Generally, you are required to submit a National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) certificate if your stay is 24 months and beyond.
The accepted police clearance for Philippine applicants is the NBI Certificate.
We require an NBI certificate obtained in the last six months.
The maximum stay allowed with a visitor visa is nine months.
Visitor visa holders can study without the need to obtain a student visa or a variation of conditions if they attend primary, intermediate, secondary, or composite school for a single period of study of up to three months per calendar year. The single period of study must start and finish within a calendar year; and must not be in term one if a visitor visa was held and a single period of study was undertaken in term four of the previous year. However, it is important to disclose any intent to study when applying for a visitor visa.
See our student visa checklist and Information for students page if you have questions regarding student visa applications.
We recommend that you include an email address as we will be sending updates regarding your application. If you do not have your own email address, you may indicate the email details of a family member and advise them to check this regularly.
It is very important. Whether this may be questions on the form, or documents, all the information you provide will be taken into account when assessing your application. Withholding or providing false and misleading information in the course of applying for a visa may be a reason for a declined decision with your current or any future applications with INZ.
You should receive an automatic email acknowledgement once the branch has received your application. Within 10 days of receipt of your application, you will receive an email acknowledgement indicating your application number, processing time and the details of your case officer.
If you have indicated another person at B3 as the contact for your application, please contact them directly as we would have communicated with them in the first instance.
You may re-apply at any time. However, we strongly recommend you review the reasons for the declined decision and re-apply once you have new information or if you are able to address the concerns in the letter given to you when your documents were returned.
Re-visit our website or send your feedback to us at Manila Branch.