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What are travel conditions?

Travel conditions allow a visa holder to travel to New Zealand or return to New Zealand if they are already here.

There are two kinds of travel conditions:

  • Single Entry travel conditions allow a visa holder to travel to New Zealand once only
  • Multiple Entry travel conditions allow a visa holder to travel and return unlimited times

If you leave New Zealand after your travel conditions have expired, your visa will expire as well.

Resident Visa holders

Your resident visa will be issued with travel conditions that are valid for two years  (five or ten years if granted under the parent category) from your first day in New Zealand as a resident. 

After your first travel conditions have expired, you will need to apply for either a variation of travel conditions or (if you qualify) for a Permanent Residence Visa. If you hold a resident visa, but leave New Zealand after your travel conditions have expired, your resident visa will expire as well.  

Variation of resident visa travel conditions

Resident to permanent resident

Visitor, Student, or Work Visa holders

Most student and work visas are automatically issued with multiple entry travel conditions and will be valid for the duration of your visa. If you are granted a 2 year work/student visa, you will usually be able to travel in and out of New Zealand multiple times for the duration of that visa.

In the case of visitors, a multiple entry visa with travel conditions generally has to be specifically requested and reasons must be given for why this is required. Your immigration officer will consider your request during the visa application process.

If you already hold a visitor, work or student visa and you need to request or vary your travel conditions, you may apply for a Variation of Travel Conditions via your nearest Immigration New Zealand office or Visa Application Centre.

Varying the conditions of a temporary visa