Transit passengers

If you are passing through New Zealand on your way to another country, find out if you need a visa or an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority).

Transit through New Zealand

If you pass through New Zealand on your way to another country and do not plan to stay you are called a transit passenger.

As a transit passenger you can only travel through Auckland International Airport where you must stay in the transit area of the airport or on board your craft.

Depending on the passport you travel on you may need to request an NZeTA or apply for a Transit Visa before you travel.

If you plan to leave the airport and visit New Zealand you may have to apply for a visa before you travel.

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Who must apply for a visa

You must apply for a Transit Visa before you travel if you are not:

Transit Visa

Who must request an NZeTA

If you are planning to pass through Auckland International Airport to another country on or after 1 October 2019 you must request an NZeTA before you travel if you:

Transit visa waiver countries

Visa waiver countries and territories

Information about NZeTA

Travelling to or from Australia

Check your travel dates to find out whether you need a Transit Visa or an NZeTA.

In transit before 1 October 2019

If you are coming through New Zealand on your way to Australia you do not need a Transit Visa, even if you are a citizen of a country that must usually get a visa to transit New Zealand.

If you travel from Australia and through New Zealand as a transit passenger you must apply for a Transit Visa if you are not from a transit visa waiver country.

In transit on or after 1 October 2019

From 1 October 2019 if you are in transit through New Zealand to or from Australia you must request an NZeTA before you leave for New Zealand.

Information about NZeTA

Travellers who are citizens of countries not on the list of transit visa waiver countries no longer need a Transit Visa.