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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 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. A visa waiver applies to, but is not limited to, the following people:

  1. citizens of the Commonwealth of Australia; and
  2. people who hold:
    1. a current permanent residence visa issued by the Government of Australia; or
    2. a current resident return visa issued by the Government of Australia; and
  3. people granted a visa waiver by special direction; and
  4. members of a visiting force (including members of the civilian component of the visiting force) but only if:
    1. each person is travelling to New Zealand in the ordinary course of the person’s duty or employment; and
    2. each person is seeking a temporary entry class visa at an immigration control area; and
    3. the craft transporting the visiting force is a commercial craft; and
  5. 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:
    1. the person concerned is seeking a temporary entry class visa; and
    2. the application is made at an immigration control area; and
  6. 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
  7. people travelling on a United Nations (UN) laissez-passer who are seeking a visitor visa current for not more than three months; and
  8. any other class of persons specified in the Immigration (Visa, Entry Permission, and Related Matters) Regulations 2010; and
  9. 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:

    Andorra

    Argentina

    Austria

    Bahrain

    Belgium

    Brazil

    Brunei

    Bulgaria

    Canada

    Chile

    Croatia

    Cyprus

    Czech Republic

    Denmark

    Estonia1

    Finland

    France

    Germany

    Greece 2

    Hong Kong 3

    Hungary

    Iceland

    Ireland

    Israel

    Italy

    Japan

    Korea (South)

    Kuwait

    Latvia1

    Liechtenstein

    Lithuania1

    Luxembourg

    Macau 4

    Malaysia

    Malta

    Mauritius

    Mexico

    Monaco

    Netherlands

    Norway

    Oman

    Poland

    Portugal5

    Qatar

    Romania

    San Marino

    Saudi Arabia

    Seychelles

    Singapore

    Slovak Republic

    Slovenia

    Spain

    Sweden

    Switzerland

    Taiwan6

    United Arab Emirates

    United States of America7

    Uruguay

    Vatican City

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.

 Effective 19/06/2017

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