Embassies and Consulates

Embassies and Consulates can register as a user of the Visa Verification Service to check a person’s visa status.

All New Zealand visas are held on an electronic record and unlike a label cannot be misread or fraudulently altered.  All airlines are required to undertake an electronic Advance Passenger Processing (APP) check of a person’s permission to travel to and enter New Zealand before allowing a person to board a flight for New Zealand.

Immigration New Zealand advises all label-less eVisa holders travelling to New Zealand to have their Visa Approval Notification issued by INZ with them at all times during their travel.

Embassies and Consulates wishing to check the New Zealand visa status of a person claiming to have a label-less New Zealand eVisa, can use New Zealand’s Visa Verification Service to check the visa status, with the permission of the purported visa holder.

Chinese nationals

On 11 April 2016 Immigration New Zealand (INZ) introduced label-less eVisas for Chinese nationals who apply for a visa online for a temporary stay in New Zealand.

Successful Chinese applicants who have submitted a paper application will continue to have a New Zealand visa label affixed to their passport.