E2.1 People to whom a visa waiver applies
See also Immigration Act 2009, ss 4, 69
See also Immigration (Visa, Entry Permission, and Related Matters) Regulations 2010, Part 4A, and Schedule 2
A visa waiver means a waiver of the requirement to hold a visa permitting travel to New Zealand in relation to any class of persons. From 1 October 2019, a person travelling to New Zealand visa waiver is required to hold an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) unless exempt (see E12 Electronic Travel Authority). A visa waiver applies to, but is not limited to, the following people:
- citizens of the Commonwealth of Australia; and
- people who hold:
- a current permanent residence visa issued by the Government of Australia; or
- a current resident return visa issued by the Government of Australia; and
- people granted a visa waiver by special direction; and
- members of a visiting force (including members of the civilian component of the visiting force) but only if:
- each person is travelling to New Zealand in the ordinary course of the person’s duty or employment; and
- each person is seeking a temporary entry class visa at an immigration control area; and
- the craft transporting the visiting force is a commercial craft; and
- members of, or any person associated with, a scientific programme or expedition under the auspices of a Contracting Party to the Antarctic Treaty (within the meaning of the Antarctica Act 1960) or any person to whom section 5 of that Act applies, but only if:
- the person concerned is seeking a temporary entry class visa; and
- the application is made at an immigration control area; and
- Cruise ship passengers (from 1 October 2019 onwards); and
- Cruise ship crew travelling in the ordinary course of business of the ship (from 1 October 2019 onwards); and
- Positioning cruise ship crew (from 1 October 2019 onwards); and
- Aircraft crew of an aircraft on a flight between any other country and New Zealand in the course of a scheduled international service (from 1 October 2019 onwards); and
- Positioning aircraft crew (from 1 October 2019 onwards); and
- British citizens, and other British passport holders who produce evidence of the right to reside permanently in the United Kingdom, but only if the person concerned is seeking a visitor visa current for not more than six months and the purposes of the visit do not include medical consultation or treatment; and
- people travelling on a United Nations (UN) laissez-passer who are seeking a visitor visa current for not more than three months; and
- any other class of persons specified in the Immigration (Visa, Entry Permission, and Related Matters) Regulations 2010; and
- citizens of the following countries, but only if the person concerned is seeking a visitor visa current for not more than three months and the purposes of the visit is not for medical consultation or treatment:
Hong Kong 3
United Arab Emirates
United States of America7
1 Visa waiver does not apply to people travelling on alien's (non-citizen's) passports issued by these countries.
2 Greek passport holders whose passports were issued on and after 1 January 2006. (Greek passports issued before 1 January 2006 are not acceptable for travel after 1 January 2007, see A2.10.50)
3 Residents of Hong Kong travelling on Hong Kong Special Administrative Region or British National (Overseas) passports.
4 Residents of Macau travelling on Macau Special Administrative Region passports.
5 Portuguese passport holders must also have the right to live permanently in Portugal.
6 Permanent residents of Taiwan travelling on Taiwan passports. A personal identity number printed within the visible section of the biographical page of the Taiwan passport demonstrates that the holder is a permanent resident of Taiwan (see A2.10.40).
7 including nationals of the USA.