Y3.35 People who hold transit visas
See also Immigration Act 2009 ss 89, 90, 91
- Holders of transit visas are not entitled to apply for any entry permission or any other class or type of visa while in New Zealand during the transit period.
- An immigration officer may cancel a transit visa at any time. If the transit visa is cancelled after the holder has arrived in New Zealand, the person is liable for turnaround.
- An immigration officer may, in their absolute discretion, extend the period for which the person may remain in New Zealand under the transit visa, or grant the person a visa and entry permission where the person’s transit visa expires while the person is in New Zealand. If the immigration officer does not extend the visa or grant a visa and entry permission, the person is liable for turnaround.
- A person whose transit visa is cancelled by an immigration officer after the person arrives in New Zealand, or who holds a transit visa and the transit period has expired is subject to section 115 of the Immigration Act 2009.
Note: Where a transit passenger mistakenly attempts to apply for a visa or entry permission, an immigration officer will not normally accept their application and will assist them to return to the transit area. Y3.35b and d will not apply.