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Transit passengers

Information about transit visas and criteria for passing through New Zealand to another country.

Transit through New Zealand

If you pass through Auckland International Airport on your way to another country and do not plan to stay you are 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. Normally you must spend less than 24 hours in transit in New Zealand.

Travel to other countries 

To transit New Zealand through Auckland International Airport, you must:

ALERT

Transit rules can change quickly, so it is your responsibility to make sure you can transit through New Zealand and enter any country on your journey. If you are unable to do this, you may not be allowed to board the plane.

 As a transit passenger you cannot enter New Zealand.

Who does not need a visa or NZeTA

You do not need a visa or NZeTA if you:

Who must request an NZeTA

If you are planning to transit through New Zealand to another country you must request an NZeTA before you travel if you:

TRANSIT VISA WAIVER COUNTRIES

VISA WAIVER COUNTRIES AND TERRITORIES

Information about NZeTA

Who must apply for a transit visa

You must apply for a transit visa before you travel if you are not:

Apply for a transit visa

Transit visa applicants from all countries must submit applications to an Immigration New Zealand office or Visa Application Centre.

Transit visa

Applying from Samoa or Tonga

Immigration New Zealand offices in Tonga and Samoa remain closed. If you are applying from Tonga or Samoa you can send your application to: 

Samoa

Email

Apia@mbie.govt.nz

Post

Immigration New Zealand
PO Box 2277
Apia
Samoa

Tonga

Email

INZNukualofa@mbie.govt.nz

Post

Immigration New Zealand
PO Box 830
Nuku’alofa
Tonga