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Why do I need to apply for a visa?

Section 14 of the Immigration Act 2009 requires persons other than New Zealand citizens to hold a visa to travel to and be in New Zealand.

In most cases, a visa is required if you wish to work, study or permanently live in New Zealand. You may need to apply for a visitor visa if you intend to stay temporarily in New Zealand, but you don't intend to study or work.

If you are travelling on a passport from a country that is on our visa waiver list, you can enter New Zealand as a visitor without a visa depending on how long you want to stay, and subject to meeting entry requirements at border. If you are not from a visa waiver country, you will need to apply for a visa.

From 1 October 2019, if you are from a visa waiver country you will need to hold an NZeTA before travelling to New Zealand.


Visa Waiver Countries

Visa Waiver Visitor Visa

There are a number of visa options available for people who wish to enter New Zealand. For more information about what visa would best suit your individual circumstances please refer to our website.

Apply for a visa