Who can visit New Zealand?

There are requirements which all temporary visitors to New Zealand must meet in order to be granted a visa for entry or be eligible for a New Zealand electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA).

5 January 2023
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Visitors are responsible for meeting all of the Immigration New Zealand (INZ) entry requirements at the time they travel to New Zealand. 

Visitors are required to:

  • hold a genuine and valid passport
  • be of good character, including having a personal history that shows they are a law-abiding citizen
  • be of good health
  • have sufficient funds to support their stay in New Zealand — at least $1,000 a month for maintenance and accommodation, or $400 a month if the accommodation has been prepaid
  • have a genuine, bona fide and credible reason for visiting New Zealand
  • have evidence of means to leave New Zealand — this can include actual travel tickets.

INZ must believe that:

  • the person will abide by the conditions of any visa granted to them, including not undertaking work while in New Zealand — this includes any activity undertaken for gain or reward
  • the person is genuinely intending to depart New Zealand at the end of their stay.

All applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis against the applicable immigration instructions.

Somalia and Afghanistan travel documents

There is currently no authority in Somalia recognised by the New Zealand government as being competent to issue passports on behalf of Somalia. As a result, Somali passports are not acceptable travel documents for travel to New Zealand. Find more details in the Operations Manual.

A2.15 Unacceptable travel documents — Operations manual

The only acceptable passport for Afghanistan nationals travelling on that basis to New Zealand is the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan passport. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan passports are not acceptable travel documents for travel to New Zealand.

Unless citizens of these countries are citizens of another country and hold acceptable travel documents, it is unlikely that a visa application would be successful. Applicants still need to meet all relevant requirements of the visa category they are applying for including health and character requirements. You must also show you:

  • have genuine reasons for visiting New Zealand
  • plan to stay in New Zealand temporarily, and
  • can leave New Zealand at the end of your stay.