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Are there any special rules for Australian citizens and residents?

If you’re an Australian citizen you will usually be allowed to live, work or study in New Zealand and won't need to apply for any type of visa before travelling. You will need to:

  • Be of good character; and
  • Show a valid Australian passport on your arrival in New Zealand ; or
  • Hold a foreign passport showing your Australian Citizen Endorsement or Australian Citizen Declaratory Visa  (either with a label or a confirmation letter) as evidence of your Australian citizenship.

If you are an Australian permanent resident entering New Zealand with a valid passport, you will normally be granted a residence class visa (at the airport) to enter and stay, work and study in New Zealand, provided you have completed your arrival card correctly and truthfully. 

In most cases Immigration New Zealand will recognise Australian permanent resident visas issued electronically, however there may be times that your electronically issued Australian visa may not be picked up so we do advise for you to carry a print out of your Australian visa if possible.

You can still be refused residence however if you are not of good character (you will be required to make a character declaration by completing the character section of your arrival card).

From 1 October 2019  if you hold an Australian permanent resident visa,  you will need to hold an NZeTA before you travel to New Zealand.


Can I get a New Zealand Permanent Resident Visa issued in my passport?

There is a way to qualify for this visa. Read the information below for help with this process.

Permanent Resident Visa

Requirements of good character - residence

New Zealand Passenger Arrival Card

What if I hold a temporary Australian resident visa only?

If you are a temporary Australian Resident, you may need a visa to visit New Zealand and will need to assess your ability to travel without a visa.

Explore visitor visas

If you wish to study, work or live in New Zealand, you will need to hold an appropriate visa in your passport before you travel to New Zealand.

Explore study visas

Explore work visas

Explore visas for living in New Zealand permanently

I hold a New Zealand temporary visa and have been granted an Australian Permanent Resident Visa, how do I make sure I am granted a New Zealand resident visa when I enter New Zealand?

If you hold an Australian Permanent Resident Visa when you travel to New Zealand to ensure that you are granted a New Zealand resident visa when you enter New Zealand you will need to follow the steps below.

  • correctly complete the relevant question in Section 7 on your arrival declaration card,
  • carry a print-out of your Australian permanent resident visa with you and
  • do not go through the eGate (smart gate) and instead go to the primary line when you arrive in New Zealand and explain to the Customs/Immigration Officer that although you hold a current New Zealand temporary visa, you are applying for a resident visa.


What about other government services (like health, pension, taxes, etc.) that may be available to Australian Citizens/residents?

As we are only able to advise you on matters concerning immigration, we recommend that you contact the relevant government bodies for information on any services they may provide to Australian citizens/residents.

Relevant government bodies