Check the conditions of your visa

Where to find your visa conditions in your passport and online, and definitions of some conditions.

Where to find your visa conditions

Your conditions are recorded in your eVisa or on the visa label in your passport.

Your conditions are also in the letter we send you when your visa is decided.

Check online

To check your visa conditions online, register and log into our Visa Verification Service and enter the following details:

  • family name
  • nationality in your passport
  • current passport number
  • date of birth
  • gender
  • visa start date.

Register or log into the Visa Verification Service

To access the Visa Verification Service, you need a RealMe account. If you have created a RealMe account somewhere else, you can use it here too.

Log into the Visa Verification Service

Create a RealMe account

How to create a RealMe account

Authorise a third party to check your visa details

You can authorise a third party, such as a bank or travel agent, to check your visa details in the Visa Verification Service.

Using Visa Verification Service

Common visa conditions

You must meet all your visa conditions. Some common visa conditions include the following.

Visa expiry date

The last day you can stay in New Zealand on this visa.

Return/onward travel not required

Unless your visa states 'Return/onward travel not required', you must have:

  • a ticket to leave New Zealand when you travel
  • enough money to buy a plane ticket out of New Zealand, or
  • an acceptable sponsor who can pay for your ticket out of New Zealand to a country you can enter.

Expiry date travel

The last day you can enter New Zealand.

Number of entries

If your visa states you have 'Multiple entries', you may re-enter New Zealand as many times as you want before your 'Expiry date travel'.

Work visa

If your visa allows you to work in New Zealand, you must only work under the conditions specified in your visa.

Conditions can include, but are not limited to:

  • who you can work for
  • the occupation or job you can work in
  • the location of your job.

You must hold a valid visa at all times while in New Zealand

You must hold a valid visa at all times in New Zealand. If your visa expires and you are still in New Zealand, you will be here unlawfully and face deportation.

If you do not leave New Zealand before your visa expires

If you want to stay longer

If you are in New Zealand and want to stay past the date your visa expires, you cannot extend your visa — instead, you must apply for another visa or a temporary visa before your current one expires.

To apply for a temporary visa, you must:

  • be in New Zealand
  • hold a current visa that is not a limited, interim or transit visa.

You should apply for another visa at least 1 month before your current visa’s expiry date.

How long it takes to process a visa application