You will need to apply for a visitor visa before you come to New Zealand if you are not from a visa-waiver country.
When you apply for a visitor visa, we need to know that:
You will need to provide your passport with your application. The passport must be valid for at least three months past the date you are to leave New Zealand, or one month past the date you intend to leave if the government issuing your passport has consular representation in New Zealand.
You will need to show us that you intend to leave within the period of your visa. For example:
Any non-refundable travel arrangements are made at your own risk as the outcome of your application cannot be guaranteed.
You will also need to show us proof that you have enough money to support yourself during your stay. This means you have a minimum of:
Sufficient funds can be in the form of:
We will also accept a declaration by an acceptable sponsor that they will pay for your accommodation and maintenance. See the Sponsorship for Temporary Entry (INZ 1025) PDF [237KB].
If your application is incomplete when you submit it, you submit false information or you don't meet our requirements, we may refuse or decline your application.
The maximum stay under a visitor visa is usually nine months in an 18-month period.
To work this out, we:
If you are a visitor from a visa-waiver country, you apply for a visa when you arrive by filling in an arrival card. You will still need to meet standard health and character requirements but this will be done with a declaration on your arrival card.
You will be allowed to stay for three months (or six months if from the United Kingdom) on each visit, and no more than six months in any 12-month period.
If you decide while you are in New Zealand that you wish to stay longer than your initial visa allows, you should contact us.
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. You cannot include your family in your application if you apply online.
Visitor visa applications for dependent children of Essential Skills work visa holders will need to include evidence that the parent who holds the Essential Skills work visa meets a minimum income threshold. See the Visitor Visa Guide (INZ 1018) [650KB] PDF for more information.
There are other requirements for people who visit under one of our special visitor categories.
We may ask some applicants to pay a bond or offer them a limited visa.
We recommend that you have comprehensive medical insurance for the duration of your visit. If you are from the United Kingdom or Australia, you will get the same immediate medical coverage as a New Zealand citizen or resident, thanks to our Reciprocal Health Agreements.
The fastest and easiest way to apply for a visitor visa is online. Once you have your documents prepared, it should take less than 15 minutes to submit an online application.
If you are travelling as part of a group or are unable to apply online, you can submit a paper application to your nearest office.
If you are granted a visitor visa you need to meet certain conditions during your stay.
If you breach any of these conditions you may become liable for deportation.
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