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Travelling to New Zealand on business

When is a business visitor visa appropriate?

Visitors coming to New Zealand for less than 3 months may be granted a business visitor visa for any of the following reasons:

  • to carry out an official trade mission recognised by the New Zealand government
  • to sell goods and services in New Zealand
  • to buy New Zealand goods and services
  • to negotiate or discuss the set-up, expansion or wind-up of a business in New Zealand
  • to carry out any business with the authorised representatives of an overseas company, body or person

Do I need to apply for a business visitor visa before I travel to New Zealand?

You do not need to apply for a business visitor visa prior to travel if:

  1. You have not already exceeded the maximum stay as a business visitor of three months in a calendar year (looking at the 12 months immediately before your planned travel to New Zealand); and
  2. You are a citizen of one of the countries listed on our visa waiver list.

You will still need to meet the requirements for visitors from visa waiver countries, including holding an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority).

If you do not meet the above conditions to enter visa free, you will need to apply for a business visitor visa prior to your travel.

Visa waiver visitor visa


Business visitor visa

If your proposed trip means you will exceed the 3-month stay allowed on a business visitor visa, you can consider the specific purpose work visa instead.

Specific purpose work visa

APEC Business Card

If you are a national of an APEC country, travelling on business, you may be able to access streamlined travel processes.

Information About APEC Business Travel Card

Participating APEC Countries

What if I am attending a conference in New Zealand?

Conference organisers may be able to advise delegates on the application process and any required supporting information.

If you are attending a conference in New Zealand, the  business visitor visa is generally appropriate. You should include the conference invitation to support the application, or carry this with you if eligible for visa waiver travel.

To assess whether you are eligible to travel to New Zealand under the visa waiver programme, refer to the information at the following link:

Visa waiver factsheet

If you are eligible for visa waiver travel, you will also need an NZeTA to be able to travel to New Zealand.


If you are not eligible to travel to New Zealand under the visa waiver programme, you can apply for a visa in advance of your travel. For information on the business visitor visa application process and requirements, please consult the visa factsheet:

Business visitor visa factsheet