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How to Apply: Embassy Registration

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Travel Safely

Your embassy will assist you if an emergency (eg. Natural disasters, civil unrest, etc) occur

Why Register with the Embassy

Travel Registration is a service provided by the government. This service allows you to record information about your upcoming trip abroad to the Department of State so it can be used to assist you in case of an emergency. People residing abroad can also get routine information from their nearest embassy or consulate if registered.

Required Information to Apply

Once You Have Registered With Your Embassy Or Consulate, You Will Need To Update Your Data If:

  • your contact details change,
  • your civil status changes,
  • you are going back to your home country.

Learn More: Visitor Visa

What you need to know

  • The New Zealand Visitor Visa allows tourism, visiting friends and family, short studies, sports, cultural activities, and marriage.
  • The visa can be single-entry or multiple-entry and is valid for 18 months, with a maximum stay of 9 months.
  • Apply two months in advance and pay a government fee of USD $153 (equivalent to NZD $246).

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Last updated: April 2024

Tourist Top of the Mountain New Zealand

Experience the breathtaking allure of New Zealand, a hotspot for business travelers, tourists, medical visitors, and those attending family events. To embark on this journey, you need a New Zealand Visitor Visa.

What is the New Zealand Visitor Visa?

The New Zealand Visitor Visa allows international travelers to temporarily visit New Zealand for tourism, business, or family visits. It ensures safety, promotes cultural exchange, and boosts the economy through tourism.

Whether exploring the Southern Alps, attending a conference in Wellington, or visiting loved ones in Auckland, the New Zealand Visitor Visa is your essential gateway to a memorable Kiwi adventure.

What can you do with the New Zealand Visitor Visa?

Tourism: Explore the rich landscapes, culture, and heritage of New Zealand.

Business: Attend business meetings, conferences, and seminars or conduct short-term work obligations.

Medical treatment: Receive medical care or treatment at New Zealand's world-class healthcare facilities.

Family visits: Spend time with family or friends residing in New Zealand.

Study: Engage in a short-term study course for at most three months.

What can you not do with the New Zealand Visitor Visa?

Full-time employment: You cannot take up full-time employment. This visa is not a work visa.

Long-term study: You cannot enroll in a long-term course that lasts longer than three months.

Residency: You cannot apply for permanent residency while on a visitor visa. This visa does not lead to permanent residence.

Public funds: You are not eligible to receive any form of financial assistance or public funds from the New Zealand government.

Who requires the New Zealand Visitor Visa?

Nationals from many countries need a visa to visit New Zealand for tourism, business, or family visits. Some of the eligible countries include:

China India South Africa Philippines Vietnam

For a complete list of nationalities and more information, please visit the New Zealand government's immigration website.

Visa-exempt: Who doesn't need to apply for New Zealand Visitor Visa?

Several countries enjoy visa waiver agreements with New Zealand. Some of these include:

  • European countries: Germany, France, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom (for permanent residents), and more.

  • Americas: Canada, United States of America (including USA nationals), Argentina, Brazil, and others.

  • Asia: Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Israel, etc.

This list is not exhaustive, and many of these countries will need to apply for a New Zealand ETA instead of a visa. Please visit the New Zealand government's immigration website for more information.

Do minors have to apply for the New Zealand Visitor Visa?

Yes, minors or children under 18 also need a New Zealand Visitor Visa to travel to New Zealand. When applying for a visa for a minor, the application must be completed by a parent or legal guardian.

Minors applying for the New Zealand Visitor Visa will generally need the following:

  • The visa application, completed by a parent or legal guardian.

  • A birth certificate to verify the child's age and parentage.

  • A letter of consent from the non-accompanying parent(s), if applicable.

New Zealand Visitor Visa validity: How long is the New Zealand Visitor Visa valid?

You can visit New Zealand as a tourist for up to nine months within an 18-month period with the Visitor Visa.

You can choose between a multiple-entry and a single-entry visa during the application process; however, immigration officers have the final say on which type of visa you will receive.

Can I extend my New Zealand Visitor Visa?

Before your visa expires, you can apply for another three months’ stay and extend the visa to 12 months in 24 months if:

  • You want more time for your tourist itinerary.

  • You can’t leave New Zealand for reasons beyond your control.

  • You applied for residency for the first time.

  • You must again prove that you have enough money to support yourself. If you have already visited New Zealand for 12 months, you must leave New Zealand and wait for another 12 months before you can apply for another Visitor Visa.

New Zealand Visitor Visa required documents

To apply for the Visitor Visa, you must submit the following documents and information:

  • Applicant photo: 1 acceptable photo if you apply online, or 2 photos if you use a paper application form.

  • Scan of your valid passport and proof of residency if you live in another country than where your passport is issued.

  • Travel itinerary such as a hotel reservation and return ticket to your home country to show you’re a genuine tourist.

  • Provide evidence of enough funds to pay for all expenses during the trip and onward travel—for example, bank statements, credit card statements, term deposits, or loan statements.

  • Australian Visa (if applicable): This document is only necessary if you plan to visit Australia during or after your stay in New Zealand.

  • Provide proof of good health (if applicable): Certain travelers need to provide a chest x-ray or medical examination as evidence of good health.

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

How to apply for the New Zealand Visitor Visa

How to apply for the New Zealand Visitor Visa

To apply for a New Zealand Visitor Visa, follow these steps:

  1. Determine Eligibility: Verify if you need a visitor visa by checking your nationality and purpose of visit on the New Zealand government's immigration website.
  2. Gather Required Documents: Prepare necessary documents such as your passport, proof of funds, travel itinerary, and any other required evidence.
  3. Complete the Application: You can apply online through the Immigration New Zealand website. Create an account, complete the application form, and upload the required documents.
  4. Pay the Application Fee: The fee for the visitor visa application is USD $153 (approximately NZD $246).
  5. Submit Your Application: After completing the form and paying the fee, submit your application online. You may also need to provide biometric information.

We currently don't offer this visa, for more detailed information, visit the New Zealand government's immigration page on how to apply for a visitor visa.

New Zealand Visitor Visa costs and processing times

The application fee for the New Zealand Visitor Visa is about USD 153 (NZD $246). Additionally, most international visitors must pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) of about USD $22 (NZD $35), which is included in the visa fee. This levy helps support New Zealand's conservation and tourism infrastructure.

Processing times for the New Zealand Visitor Visa vary. Typically, 80% of visitor visas are processed within 3 weeks. However, processing times can be longer if additional information is needed or if the application has complications.

Do I need the New Zealand Visitor Visa to transit through the country?

You don’t need a (transit) visa to transit in New Zealand if you:

  • Are from a visa-waiver country - see the section ‘Who can apply’ for more info.

  • Are from a transit visa-waiver country.

  • Are an Australian citizen.

  • Have an Australian Visa and are transiting to fly to Australia.

Where can I learn more about the New Zealand Visitor Visa?

If you have any questions about the New Zealand Visitor Visa or other travel documents, contact our outstanding customer support team.

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