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V3.150 International Tour Escorts

  1. Tour escorts accompanying tour groups may undertake their duties in New Zealand while holding a visitor visa.
  2. A tour escort is a person who:
    1. arrives, leaves and travels within New Zealand with a tour group; and
    2. resides offshore; and
    3. is employed by an employer outside New Zealand (e.g. an overseas travel agent); and
    4. has the primary role of providing pastoral care, facilitating arrival and departure formalities, translation, logistical support and organisation for the tour group rather than leading activities or providing in-depth local knowledge.
  3. Tour escorts from countries whose nationals are people to whom a visa waiver applies (E2.1), may be granted a three-month visitor visa and entry permission on arrival in New Zealand.
  4. Tour escorts from countries whose nationals are required to hold a visitor visa to travel to New Zealand must apply for a visitor visa before travelling to New Zealand.
  5. Applicants must hold a letter from their employer containing the information set out at (f) below. This must be provided either:
    1. with a visitor visa application, where the applicant makes an application before travelling to New Zealand, or
    2. upon request by an immigration officer, if the applicant is applying for a visitor visa at an immigration control area having travelled to New Zealand as a person to whom a visa waiver applies.
  6. The letter from the tour escort’s employer must be no more than 12 months old from the date of arrival of the tour escort and must:
    1. include the name of the applicant; and
    2. include the passport number, nationality and expiry date of the passport the applicant will be travelling on; and
    3. include the activities, duties and responsibilities the applicant will undertake while in New Zealand; and
    4. include a copy of the tour itinerary for the current tour they will be escorting
    5. be on the employers letterhead; and
    6. include the contact details of the employer, such as contacts names, contact phone numbers, email and address; and
    7. be signed by the employer; and
    8. be written or translated in English.

      Note: Persons intending to travel to New Zealand as a tour guide are required to obtain a work visa. For the purposes of these instructions, ‘tour guides’ are distinct from ‘tour escorts’ as follows:
      Tour guides generally lead tours in New Zealand providing in-depth local knowledge of New Zealand culture, history, society, geography etc and are generally employed by New Zealand employers. Tour guides may also be licensed or accredited.
      If a tour escort also performs some or all of the role or duties of a tour guide they will be required to obtain a work visa.

Effective 22/05/2017


V3.1 Group visas

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

V3.155 Persons departing New Zealand during COVID-19

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