What is an eVisa?

An eVisa is a visa issued without a physical label (sticker) in your passport. Your visa record is held in Immigration New Zealand’s electronic system. We issue eVisas for all visa application types. Physical visa labels are generally only issued by request.

You can also be granted an eVisa when transferring your original Resident or Permanent Resident Visa to your new passport. This means you will not have a physical visa label in your passport.

You can use your eVisa to travel to, enter and stay in New Zealand for the time allowed by your visa. If you are currently outside New Zealand, you may only arrive in New Zealand on or after your visa start date. 

You should print your eVisa letter, keep it in a safe place, and bring it with you when you travel to New Zealand.

Travelling to New Zealand

Checking your visa status

There are three ways to check your visa details online:

  • Immigration Online – If you applied for your visa through Immigration ONLINE, log in to your account to view your visa approval notification. This contains all your visa conditions.
  • Visa Verification Service – You can use the Visa Verification Service to view your visa record. You can also authorise other organisations to view the details of your current visa, such as banks and health care providers.
  • VisaView – Employers or education providers can check if you are eligible to work or study in New Zealand using our VisaView system.

Immigration Online

Visa Verification Service

VisaView

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 departure or transit requirements. You can do this with relevant government authorities, your airline or travel agent.

There are many ways to show details of your New Zealand visa while travelling overseas. You can:

  • Show a copy of your visa approval letter.
  • Log into your Immigration Online account or the Visa Verification Service to show a copy of your visa details (including on a mobile device).
  • Inform the government official of your visa details so that they can log into the Visa Verification Service.

eVisa does not match your passport

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

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

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.

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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 INZ of your new passport details. If you don’t advise us of your new passport details, you will be delayed when travelling to New Zealand.

Transferring your visa to a new passport

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Request a physical visa label

You don’t need a visa label in your passport to travel to, enter, or remain in New Zealand.

However if you have an eVisa and would like a physical label (sticker) placed into your passport, you can request this from INZ.
You will need to complete an application form and a fee is payable.

Request a visa  label for your passport

 

An example of a Visitor Visa eVisa

eVisa examples

eVisa example for a visitor, work or student visa

This is an example only and actual details will differ between applicants.

eVisa example for a Resident Visa

This is an example only and actual details will differ between applicants.

An example of a Permanent Resident Visa eVisa

eVisa  example for a Permanent Resident Visa

This is an example only and actual details will differ between applicants.