We enjoy welcoming visitors to New Zealand. Having a valid passport and the right visa is key to a trouble-free entry into the country. Your passport has to be valid for at least three months beyond your intended departure date, and if required, have a valid New Zealand visa.
You do not need a visa to visit New Zealand if you are:
- A New Zealand citizen travelling on a New Zealand passport or on a foreign passport that has a New Zealand citizen endorsement
- An Australian citizen travelling on an Australian passport
- A foreign passport holder with a valid visa for New Zealand - including a Permanent Resident visa
If you plan to visit New Zealand for a short period, you need to request a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) before you travel if you are:
- A citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand (you can stay up to three months)
If you don't meet the above, then you'll need a visitor visa. The fastest and easiest way to apply for a visitor visa is online.
Be sure you request your NZeTA, or apply for your visitor visa well in advance of your travel to avoid delays.
If you have a biometric ordinary passport (or electronic passport) and are over 12 years old, you may be able to use New Zealand Customs eGate service. This allows you to complete your Customs and Immigration checks faster so you can get on with enjoying your visit to New Zealand.