Arts and Music Festival Approval

We work with arts and music festival organisers to simplify the visa application process. Performers and direct support staff participating in an ‘approved’ arts or music festival can come to New Zealand as visitors.

Valid for

4 years


NZD $0

Processing times
90% within
28 weekdays
With this approval you can
  • Employ at least 10 international performers and direct support staff to perform and work here on a visitor visa without having to apply for a work visa. They will still need to meet all the requirements of a visitor visa.
Things to note
  • You will need to provide evidence the festival has been established for at least 3 years.
  • A festival organiser must bring in at least 10 international performers and immediate support staff.
  • A festival’s approval will be revoked if INZ considers that festival organisers’ conduct has created an unacceptable risk to the integrity of New Zealand's immigration or employment laws or policies.