New Zealand’s borders have now been fully reopened for international travelers. However, the return of international visitors from India is expected to start gradually following the lifting of COVID-related travel restrictions. Indian citizens wishing to travel to New Zealand for vacation or work must apply for a New Zealand visitor visa to enter the country at their nearest New Zealand visa application centre.
Even though you currently cannot apply for this visa online through iVisa, it is recommended that you continue reading this article to learn more about the different travel documents for New Zealand and COVID-related entry restrictions for Indian travelers, such as the Traveler Declaration Form.
Is New Zealand open to tourists from India?
Yes, New Zealand has re-opened for tourism for fully vaccinated travelers from India. The international border is open and students, temporary visitors and business travelers can once again enter New Zealand, provided that they meet all the New Zealand immigration health requirements.
New Zealand COVID-19 requirements or restrictions for Indian nationals
New Zealand's borders are now fully open to visitors from anywhere in the world, including India. However, all visitors must be in good health, submit the traveler declaration form and meet certain requirements.
Submit the New Zealand Traveler Declaration Form
Indian travelers must complete the New Zealand Health Declaration Form before they visit New Zealand. Upon completing their declaration and uploading their proof of COVID-19 vaccination, and/or other documents, travelers can submit their New Zealand Traveler Declaration. A QR code will be attached to the Traveler Pass once it has been approved.
You can apply for your New Zealand Traveler Declaration online with iVisa, prior to your arrival in the country. Simply start the application and submit your details online.
COVID-19 vaccination requirements for travelers to New Zealand
To enter the country, travelers from India must arrive fully vaccinated. The last dose of full vaccination is administered at least 14 days prior to arrival in New Zealand. Unvaccinated travelers are not allowed to enter the country.
COVID-19 testing requirements for travelers to New Zealand
Indian nationals are not required to do a pre-departure PCR test, however, are required to test on arrival, regardless of your fully vaccinated status. You will have to take two rapid COVID-19 antigen tests, the first on day 1 of your trip of your trip, and the second on day 5 or 6.
For this purpose, the New Zealand border authorities will provide travelers with a COVID-19 rapid antigen testing packages with instructions upon arrival so that you can do it on your own.
This requirement does not apply to travelers under six months of age or those arriving via direct flight from Niue to New Zealand.
All travelers who test positive for COVID-19 RAT upon arrival must first undergo a COVID-19 PCR test to confirm the result. If confirmed, they should then be quarantined for seven days. If the test is negative, they are not required to remain in quarantine upon arrival in New Zealand.
Remember that this type of information can change rapidly, so we advise you to keep up to date with the latest travel updates from the country.
New Zealand visa application for Indian nationals
New Zealand entry can be trouble-free if you have a valid passport and the right New Zealand visa. It is required that you have a valid passport for at least three months beyond your planned departure date, and if necessary, a valid New Zealand visa.
Whether traveling for business or tourism, Indian nationals need to apply for their New Zealand visitor visa at their nearest embassy or consulate. They are not yet eligible for the electronic visa.
What is the New Zealand ETA?
The New Zealand Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) works as a tourist visa. It is not a student visa, transit visa, or work visa (also called a business visa). If you need another type of visa, you can always contact the immigration New Zealand immigration service and ask for visa advice.
The best time to visit New Zealand
The climate in New Zealand is very important to the travel experience, and weather conditions in the country can change at any time, depending on the season in which you travel. The seasons are very different from those in your home country India.
For example, the summer season in New Zealand runs from December to February, you will have warm and very pleasant temperatures. Ahi is an excellent place to visit in summer. However, seaside towns and camping areas are more crowded during these months.
From March to May, falling temperatures make the weather stable, cold, and quite predictable. Therefore, it is a good time to travel if you like to have the place to yourself and love dramatic weather.
Finally, from June to August, it is a very cold season with snowfall in most of the south. The austral winter is ideal for a skiing and adventure sports vacation in the snow.
Where can I contact you?
If you have any questions about the eVisa or other documents that Indian citizens might need to travel, you can contact our customer service team or email [email protected]. We have a team of experts who are available 24/7.