Who needs a visa to enter New Zealand?

Anyone whose nationality is not eligible for visa-free entry into New Zealand or the NZeTA needs to obtain a visa for New Zealand in order to enter the country.

In addition, anyone who is from a visa waiver country who wishes to stay for longer than the permitted duration of time needs to obtain a visa. Please note that the eTA grants multiple entries into New Zealand, each for up to 90 days.

It is mandatory for all citizens of the 60 visa-waiver countries to pre-register an Electronic Travel Authorization application before travelling to New Zealand starting from the 1st of October, 2019. This eTA is valid for a total of 2 years and can be used for multiple visits. Travellers can easily apply for their New Zealand eTA online from the comfort of their home or office.

Foreign passport holders that are Australian permanent residents are required to apply for the eTA NZ —regardless of their nationality— (but are not charged the associated tourist levy fee) from October 1st, 2019 onwards.

Citizens of Australia are allowed visa-exempt travel to New Zealand.

How to obtain a visa for New Zealand (non eTA)

Those who do not hold an Australian passport or permanent residency and are not from a visa-free nation, will have to apply for a traditional visa. The type of NZ visa will depend on their nationality as well as the purpose and intended length of their stay in New Zealand.

It is advisable to contact your nearest New Zealand embassy or consulate for further information and assistance.