If you apply online, you may be granted an electronic visa (or eVisa). An eVisa is a visa issued without a physical label.

If you apply online, you may be granted an electronic visa (eVisa). This means you will not have a physical visa label in your passport.

You’ll be told by email when your application has been decided. You can log into your Immigration Online account to see the decision.

If your application is successful, your visa approval letter will include your visa details. If you have an immigration adviser or lawyer, you’ll receive your visa approval letter from them. You should print your eVisa letter, keep it in a safe place, and carry it with you when you travel to New Zealand. 

Travelling to New Zealand

Verifying your visa status

Even if we don’t put a visa label in your passport, employers or education providers can check if you are eligible to work or study in New Zealand using our VisaView system.

You can also authorise other organisations, such as banks and health care providers, to view the details of your current visa through our Visa Verification Service.


Visa Verification Service

Requirements to enter, exit and transit other countries

Some countries have specific entry, exit and transit visa requirements. If you’re transiting or exiting through another country, it is your responsibility to check with the relevant government authorities, your airline or your travel agent about departure or transit requirements.

If you hold an eVisa, there are many ways to show details of your New Zealand visa while travelling overseas. You can:

  • Show a copy of your visa approval notificationc
  • Log into your Immigration Online account, or the Visa Verification Service to show a copy of your visa details (including on a mobile device)
  • Advise the government official your visa details so that they can log into the Visa Verification Service
  • Request a physical label from Immigration New Zealand (this is a separate application, and a fee applies)

eVisa does not match your passport – what to do

If there is an error in the visa details listed in your eVisa label, for example if your name is spelt wrong or your passport number is wrong, contact Immigration New Zealand immediately.

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If your personal details in the eVisa do not match your passport, you may be delayed when travelling to New Zealand.

However, eVisa will only capture your first and last name. Middle names are not always included. As long as the names that do appear are correct, the missing names do not affect the integrity of the visa or the ability to travel to (or remain in) New Zealand. 

What happens if you get a new passport

Your visa details are linked to your passport. If you have been issued a new passport since your New Zealand visa was granted, you must notify Immigration New Zealand of your new passport details. To do this, see How do I transfer my visa to a new passport? If you don’’t advise Immigration New Zealand of your new passport details, you will be delayed when travelling to New Zealand.

How do I transfer my visa to a new passport?

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Request a visa label

You don’t need a visa label in your passport to travel to, enter, or remain in New Zealand. Your visa record is held in Immigration New Zealand’s electronic system.

However, if you have an eVisa and you need evidence of your visa endorsed in your passport, you can request this from us. This will incur a fee and you will need to complete an application form.

Request a visa label