Meeting the criteria

The criteria and evidence below will provide you with the information you need to meet the requirements.

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You must provide proof of your identity

We use your passport details to check your identity.

Australian immigration status

You must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident

We’ll use your passport to check your Australian citizenship or immigration status.

If you have a valid Australian passport, use it to travel to New Zealand.

Otherwise you can use a foreign passport that confirms you’re both an Australian permanent resident, and hold either:

  • a valid Australian Permanent Resident Visa
  • a valid Australian Resident Return Visa.

Australia temporary residents aren’t eligible for this visa.

If your Australian Permanent Resident or Resident Return Visa has been issued electronically, it’s a good idea to check your visa is linked to the passport you’ll be travelling on. You can do this by contacting the Australian immigration authorities.


You must be of good character

When you complete your arrival card, you’ll be asked some questions about your character.
You may not meet our good character requirements if any of the following apply:

  • you have a criminal conviction,
  • you have been deported, removed or excluded from another country.
  • we have reason to believe you may be a risk to New Zealand’s security, public order or public interest.

Good character

People who may be considered a risk to New Zealand’s security, public order or public interest, include those who are registered sex offenders or associated with a gang.

If we have reason to believe you’re not of good character, we can stop you from travelling to New Zealand at check-in, or refuse you entry permission when you get here.

If you aren’t sure you’ll meet our requirements for good character, you should apply for a visa before coming to New Zealand.


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