Australian citizens and permanent resident travel requirements

Guidance for Australian citizens and permanent residents before travelling to New Zealand.

If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, you no longer need a critical purpose reason to travel to New Zealand. Now all Australian citizens or permanent residents can arrive from anywhere in the world and enter New Zealand.

If you are an Australian permanent resident, you must hold an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) before you travel. Australian citizens can travel without one.

Request an NZeTA 

Arrival cards

When you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, we treat your completed New Zealand arrival card as an application for a resident visa. There is no fee for this application. You must still meet the good character requirements for resident visas. Your arrival card covers these requirements with some questions about your character.

Australian Resident Visa information

Requests for travel

If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident you do not send requests for travel.

You may need one, but only when bringing family who are not Australian citizens or permanent residents. 

Bringing family who are not Australian citizens or permanent residents

If your family are not Australian citizens or permanent residents and they do not hold a work or student visa, the 2 options for bringing them are either they:

  • send a Request for Travel. If their reason for travel is they are a partner or dependent of a New Zealand resident visa holder, they must send the form after you, the Australian principal applicant, are in New Zealand. Their visa must be granted before they can travel to New Zealand.
  • come to New Zealand as either a visa waiver national or Visitor Visa holder.

Application fees will apply for Critical Purpose Visas.

Request for travel

Visa waiver countries and territories