Information about Group Visitor Visa

This visa is for groups travelling to New Zealand for the same purpose and with the same travel arrangements. Your group must have a leader who's organising the trip, and will take care of the visa and arrival formalities.





Length of stay

Normally up to 1 month

With this visa you can

  • Travel to New Zealand as a group.

Things to note

  • Your group must travel to and leave New Zealand together.
  • As well as the group leader completing a ‘Group Visa Application’, each individual group member will need to complete a ‘Visitor Visa Application’.
  • You may be able to stay for longer than 1 month if your trip is longer, such as if you are here on a study tour.

Meeting the criteria

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

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Group travel

A group leader must take charge of the group visa and travel arrangements

The group leader must complete a Group Visa Application, which must include:

  • the names of each group member
  • identifying details for the group, like dates of birth and passport numbers
  • a signed declaration confirming that the members of the group intend to travel to New Zealand for the same purpose, on the same day, and for the same length of time.

Group Visa Application (INZ 1021) PDF 241KB

When the group arrives in New Zealand, the group leader will need to:

  • present the group visa and each group member’s passport or certificates of identity
  • make sure the group stays together to complete all the necessary arrival formalities
  • make sure the group leaves together at the end of their stay.

Individual visitor visas

Each group member must complete an individual visitor visa application

Each group member must complete an appropriate Visitor Visa Application and show they meet the visa criteria.

The group leader must submit the individual visitor visa applications with the Group Visa Application.

Visitor Visa Application (INZ 1017) PDF 397KB
China Tourist Visitor Visa Application (INZ 1188) PDF 455KB
Tourist/Business Visitor Visa Application (INZ 1189) PDF 342KB

For more information about Visitor Visa criteria, see:

Visitor visa



The information below will help you understand the process so you can plan ahead and have the best chance of submitting a complete application.

Fees & receiving centre

Fees & receiving centre

The information below will help you understand the process, timeframes and costs involved in applying for this visa, so you can plan ahead and have the best chance of submitting a complete application.



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

Entry permission

You must apply for entry permission when you arrive in New Zealand. You can do this by completing an arrival card, which you are given on the way to New Zealand.

Arriving in New Zealand

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


All group members travel together and leave New Zealand together.

Onward travel

You must have a travel ticket or enough money to buy one.

Unless your visa label or letter states “Return/onward travel not required” you must have a ticket to leave New Zealand whenever you travel here.


You cannot work in New Zealand on this visa.

Visa expiry

You must leave New Zealand before your visa expires.

Visa expiry dates are printed on a visa label or included in a visa letter.