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V3.1 Group visas

  1. Group visas may be granted to groups of people who will be arriving in, and visiting New Zealand together, for the same purpose.
  2. Group visas should name each member of the group and be current for travel within one month of the applicants' intended date of arrival in New Zealand, unless the immigration officer considers the applicants' circumstances warrant a longer or shorter period.
  3. A leader must take charge of the group visa, and:
    1. present it on arrival with the passports or travel documents of the people named in it; and
    2. ensure that the group stays together as a single unit on arrival and completes all necessary arrival formalities.
  4. A leader may also be considered an international tour escort under V3.150.

Effective 22/05/2017


V3.5 Business visitors

V3.10 Partners and dependent children of student or work visa holders

V3.15 Partners of New Zealand citizens or residence class visa holders

V3.20 Dependent children of New Zealand citizens or residence class visa holders

V3.25 Children entering New Zealand for adoption

V3.30 Children adopted overseas before their New Zealand citizenship is confirmed

V3.35 Culturally arranged marriage

V3.40 Entry to New Zealand for the purpose of medical treatment or consultation

V3.45 Applicants wanting to obtain occupational registration in New Zealand

V3.50 Persons associated with a Contracting Party to the Antarctic Treaty and other Antarctic travellers

V3.55 Visiting Media Programme (VMP)

V3.60 Pitcairn Islanders

V3.65 Conference delegates

V3.70 Crew members joining vessels or aircraft

V3.75 Department of Conservation volunteers (to 25/08/2014)

V3.80 Visitors arriving by yacht or private aircraft

V3.81 Owners and crew of super yachts

V3.85 Sports people, support staff, match and tournament officials and media and broadcasting personnel associated with sports events, tours or tournaments

V3.90 Visitor visas for refugee or protection status claimants

V3.95 German law students and graduates

V3.100 Guardians accompanying students to New Zealand

V3.105 APEC Business Travel Cardholders

V3.110 Parent and grandparent multiple entry visitor visa instructions

V3.115 Work visa holders dismissed during a trial period

V3.120 Temporary Retirement Category

V3.125 Partners and dependent children of military visa holders

V3.130 Visiting academics

V3.135 Visitor visas for child victims of people trafficking

V3.140 Approved arts or music festival

V3.145 Short-term live entertainment acts

V3.150 International Tour Escorts

V3.155 Persons departing New Zealand during COVID-19


V3.1 Group visas (29/11/2010)

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