Meeting the criteria

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

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Quarantine-free travel zones

You may come to New Zealand from a quarantine-free travel zone

Quarantine-free travel zones

You must have been the same quarantine-free travel zone for 14 days.

Quarantine-free travel from Australia has been suspended. 


You must provide proof of your identity

When you apply online, you must provide your passport details. 

If you later apply for the balance of the 23-month period, you’ll need to provide proof of your identity then too.

Your passport must be valid for at least 15 or 26 months after you first arrive in New Zealand, depending on the visa duration you apply for.

Enter your identity details carefully, ensuring information is exactly as recorded on your passport.


You must be in good health

You may need to have a chest x-ray and/or a medical examination as proof of your good health.

Working holiday visa medical requirements

If you need to have an x-ray or medical examination after you apply online, we’ll send you an email explaining what to do.

If you apply for a 23 month visa, you must provide medical certificates, unless you have sent them to us with another application and they were issued in the last 36 months.


You must be 18 – 30

We’ll use your passport details to confirm your age.

You won’t need to meet this requirement again if you’re applying for the balance of the 23-month period.


You must be a citizen of the country this visa is for

You must have a valid passport from your country of citizenship.

We’ll check your passport when you arrive in New Zealand.

Onward travel

You must have a ticket to leave New Zealand or enough money to buy one

Evidence can include:

  • your travel ticket
  • proof you have enough money to buy a ticket out of New Zealand, in addition to the funds you have to live on.

We may ask to see your evidence when you arrive in New Zealand


You must have enough money to live on while you’re in New Zealand

You must have at least NZ $350 for each month of your stay. Evidence can include:

  • bank statements
  • credit card statements
  • bank drafts
  • travellers’ cheques.

If you’re applying for the balance of the 23-month period, you will need to provide evidence that you meet this requirement.

Previous approvals

You must not have had approval for a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa before

If you’re outside of New Zealand and we’ve approved an earlier application for you to have a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa, you can’t apply for this visa. This applies even if you didn’t use that visa.

We’ll check our records for any previous New Zealand Working Holiday Visa approvals you may have had.

It’s OK to apply for the balance of the 23-months, if you’re already in New Zealand on a valid 12-month Working Holiday Visa.

It’s OK to apply for this visa, if you’ve had approvals for working holidays in countries other than New Zealand.

Ordinarily resident

Your permanent place of residence must be the country named in this Working Holiday visa

After you apply online, we may ask you to provide documents that prove your usual place of permanent residence. Examples include:

  • letters sent to your home address
  • references from your employer.

It’s ok to apply while you’re temporarily visiting another country. You will be considered ordinarily resident in your country of citizenship if you have been away for less than two years prior to making a visa application.


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