These are the conditions that you must meet once you have your visa.

Entry permission

You must apply for entry permission at an Immigration Control Area when you arrive in New Zealand by presenting yourself to an Immigration Officer within 72 hours of your arrival.

Immigration Control Area

You can be refused entry permission if:

  • you do not meet our character requirements
  • your circumstances have changed since you were granted a visa
  • you refuse to let us take your photo or to provide us with your fingerprints or an iris scan, if asked for them
  • you are unable to provide evidence of any onward travel or funds required by the conditions of your visa.

If you are refused entry to New Zealand

Before you travel to New Zealand


If travelling in and out of New Zealand, a valid multiple entry travel conditions is needed to return to New Zealand.

Changing the conditions of a visitor visa

If applying from inside New Zealand, we will normally give multiple entry travel conditions when we grant a student visa.

If there are no multiple entry travel conditions and you leave New Zealand, the visa will expire.

The travel conditions will be listed on the visa label, or in a visa letter.

Onward travel

If you’re leaving New Zealand by commercial transport, you must have a ticket to leave New Zealand to a country you have the right to enter or enough money to buy one.

Funds or sponsorship

If living on board a yacht, you must have NZ $400 a month to live on while in New Zealand or a sponsor.

Acceptable sponsors


You can continue to work as superyacht crew while in New Zealand.

Visa expiry

You must leave New Zealand before your visa expires.

You can apply for more visas to allow you to stay up to 12 months.