visitors to New Zealand must hold a current and valid passport. A
Visitor's Visa is an endorsement in your passport allowing you to
travel to New Zealand. It shows you have permission to travel to
New Zealand and may be granted a Visitor's Permit when you
A Visitors Permit is an endorsement in your passport allowing you
to visit New Zealand. It states the expiry date of your permit
and allows you to visit as a tourist, see friends and relatives,
play sport or perform in cultural events without pay, undertake a
business trip and/or undertake medical treatment.
Some countries have a Visa Waiver Agreement with New Zealand, which means citizens of these countries do not need to apply for a Visitor's Visa if they are visiting New Zealand for up to 3 months.
Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (special conditions apply), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea (South), Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal (special conditions apply), Qatar, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, USA (includes Nationals of the USA), United Arab Emirates, Uruguay and Vatican City.
British citizens or British passport holders who have evidence of the right to live permanently in the UK may be granted a visitors permit valid for 6 months upon arrival.
If you are a Visa Waiver visitor (as per the above list) you must
hold a valid ticket to a country you have the right of entry to
and have sufficient money to support yourself during your stay.
You must also hold a passport valid for 3 months beyond the date
you are leaving New Zealand and only visit New Zealand for the
time granted on arrival. If you wish to visit for a longer period
you will need to apply for a Visitors Visa.
It is important to note that you can be refused a Visitors
Visa/Permit. This is normally the case if you are not of good
health or character or in the opinion of the visa or immigration
officer you are likely to remain in New Zealand unlawfully or
likely to breach the conditions of your Visitors Permit.
Please note that the majority of visitors to New Zealand are not
entitled to publicly funded health service unless you are a
resident or citizen of Australia or the UK or hold a temporary
permit that is current for 2 years or more. We therefore strongly
recommend that all visitors have medical insurance for the
duration of your visit.