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New Zealand Visitor Visa for Cameroonian citizens: Requirements and online application
9 min read
Updated on May 14, 2024

Welcome to the complete application guide for the New Zealand Visitor Visa for Cameroonian citizens in 2023! Check all the essential info about applying for a Visitor Visa to New Zealand from Cameroon, including the required documents, visa fees, and processing time.

Whether you’re visiting for tourism, a short study, or to see family and friends, this guide will make your New Zealand Visit Visa application process smooth and hassle-free.

Let’s explore!

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Docitizens from Cameroon need a New Zealand Tourist Visa?

Let’s jump right in! Yes, Cameroonian citizens who want to visit New Zealand for tourism or to see family and friends need to get the Visitor Visa first.

The application process involves filling out the application form online, visiting the embassy for an interview, and submitting the required documents.

Don’t worry! By applying with us, you’ll get complete guidance from start to end. We will give you all the tips and info about the application form, a list of documents, and how to make an appointment.

Start your application now!

Eligibility criteria to get the New Zealand Visa from Cameroon

Cameroon passport holders need a New Zealand Visitor Visa to visit the country. However, to apply, they must meet these requirements first:

  • You can prove that you are of good character and do not have a criminal record.

  • You don’t have health problems that can harm New Zealand society.

  • You do not intend to visit New Zealand for longer than 9 months.

  • You have enough funds to cover your entire stay in New Zealand, or you’re able to show that you have a sponsor.

All set? Apply now with the assistance of iVisa!

What is the Visitor Visa for New Zealand?

Here’s more info about the Visitor Visa for New Zealand before we continue to the application process.

With this visa, travelers from Cameroon can visit the country for:

  • Tourist activities.

  • Playing sports and participating in cultural activities (without getting paid).

  • Visiting family and friends.

  • Short studies for less than 3 months.

  • Getting married (additional conditions may apply).

The New Zealand Visitor Visa is not an eVisa, and you’ll still need to visit the embassy in Cameroon to drop off documents, and more. However, with our tips and guidance, you have nothing to worry about!

Apply now!

Differences between the New Zealand Visitor Visa and the New Zealand ETA

You may have also heard of the New Zealand ETA, in addition to the Visitor Visa. Different nationalities are eligible for an ETA or a Visitor Visa.

Here are some of the main differences between these travel documents:

  • The New Zealand ETA is an electronic authorization, allowing eligible travelers to visit the country without a visa. Cameroonian citizens cannot apply for the ETA, only for the Visitor Visa. It’s also valid for a shorter period of time and thus, less flexible.

  • The New Zealand Visitor Visa allows Cameroonian citizens to visit the country for a longer period, up to 270 days in Total.

While it’s usually easier to apply for an ETA, as it just needs a few details and can be done online, you can apply for the Visitor Visa quickly and easily with the help of iVisa!

If you want to work or study for longer than 3 months in New Zealand, you should apply for a Work Visa or Student Visa via the New Zealand embassy near you.

Validity of the New Zealand Visitor Visa

The [New Zealand Visitor Visa] is valid for stays up to 270 days in Total within an 1.5 years after arrival. It’s a Multiple Entry travel document, meaning you can visit the country multiple times, as long as you do not exceed 9 months in total.

Practical example: You have a Visitor Visa and travel to New Zealand to visit a family member for 3 months, after which you leave the country.

However, you love New Zealand so much that you enroll in a short study program for 3 months. You can still enter New Zealand within 15 months (18 months minus 3) and visit for up to 6 months (9 months minus 3).

New Zealand Visitor Visa fee: Costs for Cameroonian citizens

The total costs of the New Zealand Visitor Visa application can be broken down into two parts:

  • The New Zealand government fee: US$153 - The sum of the application, immigration, and international visitor fee.

  • The iVisa processing fee: US$149.99

We include the New Zealand government fee in the total costs when applying online. When you apply with iVisa, the following benefits are included in the costs:

  • 100% government-compliant: Our team of iVisa Experts will review all information and make sure it’s 100% compliant with the government requirements of New Zealand.

  • Unlimited access to your iVisa Expert: You’ll be assigned a personal iVisa Expert to guide you through the online application process and answer any questions.

  • Simplified process: The visa application can be confusing and tedious. At iVisa, we only include relevant questions, making the form up to 50% shorter than usual.

  • Fill out at your own pace: Save your progress, make changes, and come back to it later whenever you need a break.

  • Step-by-step guide: Apply with us and receive a PDF manual with all the tips you need to answer difficult sections and a step-by-step guide to get your Visitor Visa without problems.

  • iVisa values your safety: We have a solid security system to protect your personal information and payment details.

Allow us to do all the leg work for you and apply stress-free!

Processing time for the New Zealand Visitor Visa in 2023

While it’s no guarantee, it takes around 30 days for the New Zealand Visitor Visas (in 90% of cases) to be granted. This time is influenced by the number of applicants at the New Zealand Visa Application Centres.

We recommend planning ahead to ensure enough time to process your application before your trip starts. Apply at least two months in advance from Cameroon.

An iVisa Expert will always carefully double-check your application to ensure it’s complete, correctly filled out, and meets all the New Zealand authorities’ requirements. This will avoid any issues and delays.

New Zealand Visitor Visa application: How to apply in Cameroon

To apply for the New Zealand Visitor Visa online, simply follow these steps on our website:

  • Step 1: Complete our simplified visa application form. We will carefully double-check your info to make sure it’s complete and error-free.

  • Step 2: Pay the New Zealand Visitor Visa fees securely online with a credit/debit card or PayPal.

  • Step 3: You receive a step-by-step guide by email from us to gather all required documents, where to submit them, how to make an appointment at the embassy, and more.

We will guide you from start to finish to get your visa approved ASAP!

New Zealand Visitor Visa required documents for Cameroonian citizens

To apply online for the New Zealand Visitor Visa, Cameroon citizens must gather the following documents:

  • Digital copy of your original passport - This must be a Cameroonian passport, and proof of residency if you live in another country.

  • Applicant photo - Get an official photo using our digital photo service from the comfort of your own home, or read more about the photo requirements in the next section.

  • Travel plans like a hotel confirmation and return flight ticket to Cameroon.

  • Evidence of enough funds to pay for your expenses during the entire duration of your trip to New Zealand, such as bank statements, salary slips, or a letter from a sponsor.

  • Australian Visa (if applicable) if you plan to visit Australia during or after your stay in New Zealand.

  • Proof of good health (if applicable): Cameroon travelers only need to provide a chest x-ray or medical examination as evidence of good health if they plan to visit New Zealand for 6 months or more. Usually, it is not necessary for stays shorter than 6 months, unless the New Zealand government asks.

  • Police certificate (if applicable) as part of the character requirements if you intend to stay in New Zealand for more than 24 months.

Receive a complete list of documents and how to submit them by applying with us online!

New Zealand Visitor Visa requirements for children

Applying as a family? Include your partner and any dependent children up to 19 years old by clicking ‘Add another person’ in the visa application process on our website.

Dependent children must meet similar health, character, and financial requirements as adult applicants.

New Zealand Visitor Visa passport requirements

To apply for a New Zealand Visitor Visa, you must have a valid passport from Cameroon. Check the requirements here:

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond your intended departure date from New Zealand.

  • It's important to ensure your passport is not damaged or expired.

  • Additionally, provide a copy of your passport bio page. It does not need to be a certified copy.

  • If you are applying from a country other than Cameroon, you must also provide proof of residency from that country.

New Zealand Visitor Visa photo requirements

The New Zealand photo requirements are as follows:

  • Color photo (not black and white).

  • Taken in the last 6 months.

  • Size of 45mm by 35mm.

To get a photo for your New Zealand Visitor Visa application that meets all criteria, use our affordable [digital photo service].

Simply provide your home country and destination (New Zealand), and get a valid photo for as little as US$5.99. Download the iVisa app for an even easier process!

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What to do when your New Zealand Visitor Visa in Cameroon was denied

Was your New Zealand Tourist Visa application denied in Cameroon? In such cases, you can do the following:

  • It’s always helpful to request an explanation for why your application was denied by the immigration department of New Zealand.

  • Address the issue(s) that led to the rejection and reapply with iVisa. In some cases, it’s possible to appeal the decision. Find out more on the New Zealand government website.

When applying with us, our experts will do their best to ensure your application meets all requirements. However, the approval of your Visitor Visa application is still up to the New Zealand authorities.

How to prepare for the New Zealand Visitor Visa interview in Cameroon

If you are required to attend an interview for the New Zealand Visitor Visa application in Cameroon, follow these tips to prepare:

  1. Check the visa requirements in this guide: Check all the requirements for the type of visa you are applying for, including the necessary documents and criteria.

  2. Practice English: If you are not a native English speaker, practice speaking in English to build confidence and ensure you can answer all interview questions about your reasons for visiting New Zealand, travel itinerary, and financial situation.

  3. Be truthful: Answer all questions honestly and provide all additional information or documentation to support your statements.

  4. Dress appropriately: Dress respectfully for the interview. Jeans or pants and a neat shirt would suffice.

  5. Remain calm and composed: Don't hesitate to ask for clarification if you’re unsure of any questions or requirements.

By applying with us, you’ll get all the tips from applicants and experts for a successful interview.

Questions about the New Zealand Visitor Visa application?

If you have any questions about the New Zealand Visitor Visa for Cameroonian citizens or another travel document, and can’t find the answer on this page, contact our customer support team via online chat or email [email protected].

They are always willing to help. Enjoy your trip to New Zealand!

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