Information about Visa Waiver Visitor Visa

If you are from a visa waiver country, you do not have to apply for a visa before you travel to New Zealand provided you’re in good health and of good character. You need to show you are a genuine visitor, have enough money for your stay and a travel ticket out of New Zealand to a country you have the right to enter.

Overview

Overview

Length of stay

3 months (6 months for visitors from the UK)


You can

  • Travel to New Zealand without first applying for a visa - you must be from a visa waiver country to do this.
  • Bring your family, if they meet our criteria for visa waiver travel.
  • Holiday and sightsee, visit family and friends, shop and enjoy New Zealand as a visitor.
  • Study for a short time.

Visa waiver countries


Things to note

  • From 1 October 2019, if you are from a visa waiver country you must request an NZeTA before you travel. It costs NZD $9 on our free app, or NZD $12 if completed online.
  • You must also pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL). The IVL costs NZD $35 and is paid at the same time as the NZeTA.

NZeTA

Criteria

Meeting the criteria

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

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Authority to travel

From 1 October 2019, you must hold an NZeTA before you travel to New Zealand

You must travel on the passport you used to request your NZeTA. When you check in for your trip present that passport so your airline can check that you hold NZeTA.

They may also ask to see your ticket for travel out of New Zealand at the end of your visit.

Identity

You must provide proof of your identity

We 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.

Genuine intentions

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

Genuine intentions to visit, study or work in NZ

Evidence that you are a genuine visitor

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 and territories

You can only travel visa waiver if you’re travelling on a citizen passport. You can’t travel visa waiver on a non-citizen or alien passport.

You can only travel visa waiver if you’re a resident and travel on one of the following passports:

  • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
  • British National (Overseas).

You can only travel visa waiver if you’re a resident and travel on a Macau Special Administrative Region passport.

You can only travel visa waiver, if you have the right to live in Portugal permanently.

You can only travel visa waiver, if you a permanent resident of Taiwan and travel on a Taiwan passport. We’ll use the personal identity number on your Taiwan passport to confirm your permanent residence.

USA nationals can also travel visa waiver.

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 are pregnant, there are additional requirements.

Funds for maternity services

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 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.

If your only reason for coming to New Zealand is to renew a visa for another country, we recommend that you apply for a visa before travelling.

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.

Bring family

Your family must meet the same visa waiver requirements

To travel visa waiver, your family must:

  • be in good health
  • be of good character
  • be bona fide applicants
  • be citizens of a visa waiver country
  • have enough money to live on while in New Zealand
  • have a ticket out of New Zealand to a country they have the right to enter.

Genuine intentions to visit, study or work in NZ

Evidence that you are a genuine visitor

If family members don’t meet the requirements to travel visa waiver they should apply for a visa before visiting New Zealand.

Process

Process

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

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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.

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Conditions

Conditions

These are the conditions that you must meet.

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 health or character requirements 
  • you are unable to provide evidence you have any onward travel or funds required by the conditions of your visa
  • an immigration officer considers that you are not a bona fide visitor
  • you refuse to let us take your photo or to provide us with your fingerprints or an iris scan, if asked for them
  • you provide (or have provided) false or misleading information in a visa application, to an immigration officer or on any part of your arrival card.

Good character

Genuine intentions to visit, study or work in NZ

Before you travel to New Zealand

Travel

You will be issued single entry travel conditions.

If you leave New Zealand your visitor visa will expire.

Onward travel

You must have a travel ticket out of New Zealand to a country you have the right to enter at all times during your visit.

You’ll be asked to show us your travel ticket when you check-in or arrive in New Zealand.

Funds

You must have enough money to live on while in New Zealand.

You may be asked for evidence you have enough funds to support yourself when you check in or arrive in New Zealand.

Work

You can’t undertake employment in New Zealand.

You can travel to New Zealand visa waiver to assess the job market or to attend a pre-arranged job interview, but if you’re travelling to New Zealand to take up an offer of employment, you must apply for a work visa.

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

Study

You may study for up to 3 months in any 12 month period.

School-aged children can study for up to 3 months in any calendar year. Children studying for more than 2 weeks must attend a school that is signatory to the ‘Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students’.

Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students

Visa expiry

You must leave New Zealand before your visa expires.

Your visa will be issued electronically and there will be no label in your passport.

Your visa expire 3 months after you arrive in New Zealand (or 6 months, if you’re from the United Kingdom), or when you leave New Zealand, whichever happens first.

If you’re an Australian citizen or resident your visa won’t expire and you can stay in New Zealand indefinitely.