Transferring my visa to a new passport

If you have renewed your passport (because it has expired, was lost/stolen or your name has changed), you need to transfer your valid visa into your new passport before you use it to travel. This applies regardless of whether you have a physical visa label or an eVisa.

Process for transferring an eVisa

eVisas which have been issued electronically (without a label) are recorded against the passport number at the time of your application.

If you get a new passport issued, you must inform us, so that your records can be updated, and you can continue to use the eVisa for your travel to and from New Zealand.

The process for an eVisa is generally the same as the process advised below, except you are not required to pay an application fee.

Process for transferring a visa into a new passport

To request a transfer of your visa, you need the following documents:

  1. Your old passport (or certified copy), if it is available
    • If your old passport was lost/stolen, a copy of a police report is required, showing that the loss was reported.
    • If your old passport was not returned to you with the new one, please provide a cover letter with your application advising of this.
  2. Your new passport (or certified copy)
    • If your name is different in your old passport - Evidence of name change (eg. certified copy of a marriage certificate or deed poll).
  3. A completed 'Application for Transfer or Confirmation of a Visa (INZ 1023)'
  4. A processing fee:
    • See below to find out the current transfer fee and which is your nearest processing office.
    • If more than one family member is requesting a visa transfer at the same time (eg. applicant and/or partner, and/or child/ren), a separate completed application form and a separate fee is required for each person requesting a transfer.
    • An application fee is not required if you are transferring an eVisa or if you previously had a physical visa label and would like an eVisa in your new passport.

Application for Transfer or Confirmation of a Visa (1023) PDF 270KB

Fee for Transfer Visa Label | Where to send your form or request letter

If you are a New Zealand citizen but also hold a foreign passport

A resident or permanent resident visa cannot be transferred into a new foreign passport if you have since obtained NZ citizenship (by grant or descent) or have been issued with an evidentiary certificate of citizenship. This is because a New Zealand citizen is not able to hold a visa under the Immigration Act 2009.

In order to use your foreign passport for travel, and still be allowed to return to New Zealand as a citizen, you should request a NZ Citizen Endorsement and not a transfer of visa.

Request a NZ Citizen Endorsement