Visa, Immigration, Permits to New Zealand
Visa, Immigration, Permits and other related information is provided here to help you, the Very Important Person before coming to New Zealand.


Visitor’s Visa Application

For a visa application to stay in New Zealand longer than three months or if your country is not listed on the visa waiver list you can call your nearest New Zealand Embassy, or download an application form from the New Zealand Immigration Service website.

Visa Exemptions

Visa exemptions apply to you if you are an;
  1. New Zealand citizen.
  2. New Zealand resident permit holder.
  3. Australian citizen travelling with an Australian passport
  4. Australian resident with a current Australian resident return visa
  5. Citizen of a country that has a visa exemption agreement with New Zealand.

Study & Work Visa’s

The New Zealand Immigration Service can help with information and application forms when applying for either a Study Visa or Work Visa.

Visa Waivers

There are more than 50 countries where travellers do not require a Visitor’s Visa. If you are from one of these countries you may aquire a visa waiver as long as you meet the requirements listed below;
  1. The visit is less than three months.
  2. Have a valid passport that is still current after your departure of New Zealand with a minimum of three months.
  3. A ticket either showing another destination (with permission is given to enter that country) or return home.
  4. Have enough money to support you during your stay – approximately NZ$1000 per month per person.
British passport holders and citizens that produce evidence that they live permanently in the United Kingdom may be allowed to stay up to six months in New Zealand.


If you are planning on immigrating, and becoming a resident of New Zealand, you can access forms and guides for residency at the New Zealand Immigration Service Homepage.


Visitors to New Zealand must carry a passport that is valid, and remains valid for a minimum of three months upon their departure date.

A lost passport needs to be reported to police, where a police report will be provided to take to your country’s local embassy, or high commission. There steps will be taken to procure a replacement passport. If your permit is likely to expire before you get a replacement passport please contact New Zealand Immigration Service Contact details.

Arrival Cards

The arrival card is handed out to passengers before they arrive in New Zealand. This has to be completed and handed in with your passport upon arrival.


Completing the arrival card and ensuring that you declare items that you are bringing into New Zealand, will help in your processing through customs more efficiently. If you are unsure of what to declare visit our New Zealand Customs Service website

International Airports

International airports based in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch house all international flights from all countries. The Hamilton, Palmerston North, Queenstown and Dunedin airports recieve flights from Australia.
Agricultural Restriction & Quarantines

New Zealand takes pride in its efforts to keep our agricultural industries and country free from pests, dangerous animals, and diseases found in other countries. The New Zealand agricultural restrictions and quarantine regulations are strictly enforced to ensure the economy does not suffer, and the country maintains its clean green environment.

People caught smuggling prohibited items into New Zealand will be dealt with according to New Zealand law.

All quarantines are approved or declined by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF). For information regarding items such as animal products, cargo, food items, animals, plants, personal effects, plant products, vehicles and vessels.

Other Prohibited Items

There are a number of other prohibited items that are not allowed to be bought into New Zealand.

To bring firearms or weapons into New Zealand, you are required to apply for a permit from the New Zealand Police.

New Zealand Customs Service can provide further information about Restricted and Prohibited imports to New Zealand.

Duty Free Stores

You will find a duty free store at all International Gateways. Duty free products are not subject to our taxes. Quantity of products available to purchase without having to pay duty, can be found at the local duty free store or you can visit Customs.

Departure Tax

A departure tax rate of $25 NZ for international travellers, 12 years and above applies, but Wellington International Airport has a extra charge of $10 NZ for children 2-11 years of age as well.
New Zealand’s departure tax is not included in your ticket price.

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