Y5.5 Bona fide transit passengers
See also Immigration Act 2009 ss 86, 89
- A bona fide transit passenger is one who:
- has a stated and genuine intention to be in New Zealand only for the purpose of reaching a further destination; and
- will be confined to a place listed in Y5.1b(ii) during the whole of their stay in New Zealand; and
- will not be in New Zealand longer than the transit period of 24 hours.
- All transit passengers must obtain a transit visa before travelling to New Zealand, unless they are persons to whom a transit visa waiver applies (see N2.1).
- Holders of transit visas may not remain in New Zealand for more than the transit period of 24 hours.
- Holders of transit visas are not entitled to apply for entry permission or any type of visa to be in New Zealand.
- If a person who holds a transit visa applies for entry permission or any other type of visa, an immigration officer may refuse their application, in which case section 115 of the Immigration Act 2009 will apply to that person.
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 - in which case (e) above will not apply.