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Can I enter New Zealand on a one way ticket?

Visitors entering New Zealand without a visa (Visa Waiver countries only), must have valid onward travel arrangements (ie. return ticket or official confirmation that a ticket is booked and paid for) when entering New Zealand. 

The return ticket must also be from New Zealand to a country they can enter.

Visa Waiver Visitor Visa

Having funds to purchase a ticket is not sufficient evidence of onward travel arrangements for Visa Waiver visitors. 

If you are applying for a visa prior to your travel, you may enter New Zealand on a one way ticket, provided that the visa (in your passport or eVisa) clearly states ‘Return and/or onward ticket not required’.

In all other cases an outward travel arrangement must have been made prior to arriving in New Zealand (visitors must have a return ticket, while workers and students may show available funds to purchase a ticket (through credit card statements, cash/travellers cheques or similar).

Citizens and permanent residents of New Zealand or Australia may enter on a one way ticket, providing they are travelling on a valid New Zealand or Australian passport, or they have a valid New Zealand or Australian Returning Residents visa (or Australian visa entitlement verification online print out (VEVO)) in their foreign passport.