Meeting the criteria

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

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Identity

You must provide proof of your identity

We’ll use your passport details to check your identity.

Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months after you plan to leave New Zealand.

Health

You must be in good health

You must be of good health. When you complete your arrival card you’ll be asked whether you’re coming to New Zealand for medical consultation or treatment. 

If you want to come for medical consultation or treatment, you’ll need to apply for a ‘Medical Treatment Visitor Visa’ before travelling to New Zealand.

Character

You must be of good character

When you complete your arrival card, you’ll be asked some questions about your character.

You won’t 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.

Bona fides

You must be a genuine visitor to New Zealand and intend to leave at the end of your visit

When you complete your arrival card, you’ll be asked about the purpose of your trip.

We’ll also consider any other information we have about your circumstances and reasons for travelling to New Zealand.

Bona fide

Lawful purposes for a visitor include:

  • holidaying
  • sightseeing
  • visiting family and friends
  • amateur sports

If you intend to undertake employment in New Zealand you can’t travel visa waiver.

If you haven’t complied with the conditions of your visa on any previous visit to New Zealand, you can be stopped from travelling to New Zealand or refused entry permission when you get here.

Citizenship

You must be a citizen of a visa waiver country

We’ll use your passport to check you are a citizen of a visa waiver country when you check-in for your travel and again when you arrive in New Zealand.

Visa waiver countries

Funds

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

You must have at least NZ $1,000 for each month of your stay, or if you’ve already paid for your accommodation, NZ $400 for each month of your stay.

You may be asked for evidence you’ll have access to your funds when you check-in or arrive in New Zealand.

If you’re pregnant, there are additional requirements.

Pregnant applicants

You can’t meet the funds requirement for visa waiver travel by arranging a sponsor. If you want to arrange sponsorship, you have to apply for a visa before you travel to New Zealand.

Onward travel

You must have a ticket out of New Zealand

When you check-in, you’ll be asked to present your travel ticket out of New Zealand to a country you have the right to enter.

Your departure date must be within 3 months of your arrival, or if you’re from the United Kingdom, within 6 months.

If after you leave New Zealand you’ll be travelling to a country that also has an onward travel requirement, we may ask to see that ticket too.

Your tickets (confirmed or open-dated) must be paid for before your travel.

If you’ll be leaving on a private craft or cruise ship, we'll accept a letter from the craft owner or a cruise itinerary as proof of your travel arrangements.

Time in New Zealand

You can only visit New Zealand for up to 6 months in any 12-month period.

We’ll check our records to see how much time you’ve spent in New Zealand.

If you don’t meet this requirement, you can’t travel visa waiver, but you can apply for a visitor visa to return to New Zealand.

 

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