Private Yacht or Plane Visitor Visa

You can travel in and out of New Zealand on a private plane or yacht for up to 3 months on this visa.

Length of stay
Up to

3 months

Cost
From
NZD $211
Processing time
80% within
6 weeks
With this visa you can
  • Visit New Zealand on a private yacht or aircraft.
  • Travel in and out of New Zealand for up to 3 months.
  • Include your partner, and dependent children aged 19 and younger, in your visa application.
Things to note

What you need to apply

Check if you are eligible to apply for this visa and what supporting documents and information you need to provide.

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  • 1 acceptable photo if you apply online, or 2 photos if you use a paper application form.
  • your passport or certificate of identity.

Acceptable photos

If you apply online, you must upload a copy of your passport when you apply. We will let you know if you need to send your passport after you have applied.

Providing your passport for online applications

If you submit a paper application, provide your original passport or a certified copy.  We can usually process your application faster if you provide your original passport.

Tips

If you are a citizen of China and you submit a paper application form in China, you must also complete a supplementary form.

Supplementary form for Chinese citizens (INZ 1027) PDF 338KB

If you are submitting a paper application form, you must provide a supplementary form for Hong Kong and Macao visitors, workers and students.

Supplementary form for Hong Kong and Macao visitors, workers and students (INZ 1220) PDF 240KB

Also provide your:

  • Hukou (household registration book)
  • Chinese identity card.

Also provide a copy of your Identity card.

We may ask you to have a chest x-ray, a medical examination or both as proof of your good health.

If you are staying less than:

  • 6 months you do not normally need a chest x-ray. 
  • 12 months you do not normally need a medical certificate. 

Who needs an x-ray or medical examination

When we process your application we let you know if we need you to have a chest x-ray or medical examination.

Acceptable standard of health criteria for visa approvals

Please only provide medical certificates if requested

Tips

You must provide a chest x-ray completed in the last 3 months, even if you've provided one to us previously, if:

  • you have spent 6 consecutive months in China since the last x-ray certificate was issued, and
  • you are now coming to NZ for more than 6 months.

If you have a criminal conviction or are a security risk to New Zealand we may not be able to grant you a visa.

Good character for temporary visas

You must provide police certificates if your total time in New Zealand will be 24 months or longer across all visits. This includes any time you have spent in New Zealand in the past on other visas, even if you have been out of the country since then.

You also must provide police certificates if we ask for them.

If you are 16 years old or younger you do not need to provide police certificates.

Providing police certificates

How to get a police certificate

If you have already sent us Police Certificates with a previous visa application and they are less than 24 months old, you do not need to send them again.

Police certificates must be less than 6 months old when you submit your application. They must be from any country you are a citizen of, or have spent more than 5 years in since you turned 17.

When we decide if your intentions are genuine, we consider all the information:

  • you provide to support your application
  • we have about your personal circumstances, and
  • you provided in any previous applications.

Genuine intentions to visit, study or work in NZ

You must have at least NZD $1,000 per person per month, or NZD $400 if you’ll be living on board a yacht or have already paid for accommodation.

Evidence can include:

  • proof you’ve paid for accommodation, like hotel receipts or pre-paid vouchers
  • bank statements
  • credit card statements
  • bank drafts
  • travellers’ cheques
  • a ‘Sponsorship Form for Temporary Entry’ completed by an acceptable sponsor. 

What sponsors must do – responsibilities and obligations

Sponsorship Form for Temporary Entry (INZ 1025) PDF 414KB

Evidence can include:

  • your travel ticket out of New Zealand to a country you have the right to enter
  • documents showing you have enough money to buy a ticket out of New Zealand, eg bank or credit card statements.
Tips

If after your New Zealand visit, you’re going to a country that also requires you to have a travel ticket, we may ask you for evidence you have a ticket to leave that country too.

If you’ll be leaving New Zealand on a private craft, you must provide evidence of either of the following:

  • for owners and their dependants, evidence of ownership of the craft and adequate insurance against major damage
  • for crew and passengers, a letter from the craft’s owner or captain confirming that you'll be leaving on that craft.

You must declare in your visa application that you will pay the costs of any health care or medical assistance you receive in New Zealand.

Tips

We recommend that you have full medical insurance for the length of your visit.

To bring family:

  • you must provide evidence of your relationship with them, like marriage and birth certificates
  • you must provide proof of their identity
  • they must be of good character
  • they must be in good health.

Partnership
Dependent children

Tips

A family can include yourself, your partner, and dependent children 19 and under.

You should provide copies of identity cards for family members included in your application.

You should provide copies of family members Hukou (household registration book) included in your application.

Process and costs

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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How to submit

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Conditions

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

Notes

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

Travel

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

Changing the conditions of a visitor visa

Notes

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

Work

You cannot work in New Zealand on this visa.

Visa expiry

You must leave New Zealand before your visa expires.

Notes

You can apply for more visas to allow you to stay up to 9 months. Or up to 12 months, if:

  • your yacht or aircraft needs repairs
  • you wish to wait out the South Pacific hurricane season (October to April).