Visa waiver countries

A country whose citizens don’t have to apply for a visa before coming to New Zealand for a short visit.

Citizens of visa waiver countries don’t have to apply for a visa before travelling to New Zealand if:

  • they are visiting for 3 months or less
  • they are visiting for 6 months or less and are a British citizen.

A visa must be applied for if the travel is for medical consultation or treatment.

The following countries are visa waiver countries:

Andorra
Argentina
Austria
Bahrain
Belgium
Brazil
Brunei
Bulgaria
Canada
Chile
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia (citizens only)
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hong Kong (residents with HKSAR or British National (Overseas) passports only)
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Korea (South)
Kuwait
Latvia (citizens only)
Liechtenstein
Lithuania (citizens only)
Luxembourg

Macau (Macau Special Administrative Region passports only)
Malaysia
Malta
Mauritius
Mexico
Monaco
Netherlands
Norway
Oman
Poland
Portugal (with the right to live permanently in Portugal)
Qatar
Romania
San Marino
Saudi Arabia
Seychelles
Singapore
Slovak Republic
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan (permanent residents only)
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom (must have the right to reside permanently in the United Kingdom)
United States of America (includes USA nationals)
Uruguay
Vatican City