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V2.25 Onward travel requirements
Immigration Regulations 1999 regs 6(2)(b), 13(1)(d),21
- Applicants for a visitor's permit must show evidence of the travel arrangements they have made to leave New Zealand at the end of their stay.
- A visa officer may also request such evidence from applicants for a visitor's visa.
V2.25.1 Evidence of onward travel arrangements
Evidence of onward travel arrangements includes but is not limited to:
- actual travel tickets (confirmed or open-dated) out of New Zealand to a country which the applicant has the right to enter;
- (only for applicants on arrival in New Zealand) a visitor's visa endorsed to show that the onward travel requirement has been met or waived;
- written confirmation from an airline or travel agency that onward travel has been booked and paid for;
- sponsorship covering repatriation.
V2.25.5 Waiver of funds and/or sponsorship requirements and/or tickets for visitor permit applications
Officers with Schedule 2 delegations and above may waive the requirements for funds and/or sponsorship and/or airline tickets in the case of applicants for visitor permits such as, but not limited to, the following:
- government officials travelling on business, if they are officially supported by their home government;
- genuine business travellers, if they are formally supported by their employer;
- , if the immigration officer is satisfied that:
- they are genuine tourists, and
- they have made a suitable declaration as to funds and tickets on the application form;
- the spouse and dependants of a work permit holder, if the employer is a guarantor or the work permit holder has sufficient funds or income for their maintenance and repatriation;
- the spouse and dependants of a student permit holder on a scholarship, if the scholarship guarantees maintenance and repatriation of spouse and dependants;
- residence applicants, if the officer is confident that the application for residence is likely to succeed.