N2.10 General rules for transit visas
See also Immigration Act 2009 s 86(1), 89(1)
See also Immigration (Visa, Entry Permission, and Related Matters) Regulations 2010 reg, 15, 17
- Transit visas may be granted to applicants who:
- apply in the prescribed manner (see N3.10.1) for a transit visa; and
- have stated a genuine intention to be in New Zealand only for the purpose of reaching a further destination; and
- will be confined to a transit area during the whole of their stay in New Zealand; and
- will not be in New Zealand longer than 24 hours.
- Holders of transit visas are not entitled to apply for entry permission or any class or type of visa while in New Zealand during the transit period.
N2.10.1 Currency of transit visa
See also Immigration Act 2009 s 88
A transit visa is current for the period or until the date specified in it. The transit visa may be valid for any number of journeys to New Zealand in that period or until that date.
N2.10.5 Cancellation of transit visa
See also Immigration Act 2009 ss 66, 90
- If there is sufficient reason, the Minister or an immigration officer may cancel a transit visa at any time.
- If a transit visa is cancelled based on (a) above; and
- the person is outside New Zealand, the Minister or an immigration officer must notify the person in writing;
- the person has arrived in New Zealand, the person is liable for turnaround.
N2.10.10 Expiry of transit period
See also Immigration Act 2009 s 91
- Where the holder of a transit visa is still in New Zealand on the expiry of the transit period, an immigration officer may by his or her absolute discretion:
- extend the period for which the person may remain in New Zealand as a transit visa holder; or
- grant the person a visa and entry permission.
N2.10.15 Restrictions on the grant of transit visas to certain groups as designated by the United Nations Security Council
- No transit visa will be granted to any person described in RA9(a); this paragraph is subject to (b) and (c) below.
- Immigration officers must contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade when processing any immigration application from a person to whom (a) above applies.
- A visa may only be granted to a person to whom (a) above applies on the advice of the Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
- Paragraphs (a)-(c) above operate in addition to the requirements of the Immigration Act 2009.
N2.10.20 Restrictions on the grant of a transit visa to certain individuals and classes of individuals
- No transit visa will be granted to any individual or class of individuals described in R5.100.
- Where special circumstances exist (supported by cogent and reliable evidence and in consultation with MFAT) INZ may nonetheless grant a visa to such a person. The decision to grant a visa is limited to immigration officers with Schedule 1-2 delegations (see A15.5).