Information about Visa Waiver Visitor Visa

If you are from a visa waiver country, you do not have to apply for a visa before you travel to New Zealand provided you’re in good health and of good character. You need to show you are a genuine visitor, have enough money for your stay and a travel ticket out of New Zealand to a country you have the right to enter.


3 months (6 months for visitors from the UK)

All conditions

You can

  • Travel to New Zealand without first applying for a visa - you must be from a visa waiver country to do this.
  • Bring your family, if they meet our criteria for visa waiver travel.
  • Holiday and sightsee, visit family and friends, shop and enjoy New Zealand as a visitor.
  • Study for a short time.

Visa waiver countries

Things to note

  • From 1 October 2019, if you are from a visa waiver country you must request an NZeTA before you travel. It costs NZD $9 on our free app, or NZD $12 if completed online.
  • You must also pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL). The IVL costs NZD $35 and is paid at the same time as the NZeTA.


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