by olivia jones

If you come to New Zealand on holiday, you might need to apply for a visitor visa before you arrive. Work out what you need to do to apply.

  1. Step1For information about visas and COVID-19, visit the Immigration NEW ZEALAND VISA FOR VISITORS website.COVID-19 — Immigration NZFind out if you need to applyIf you come to New Zealand on holiday, you’ll need to get either an NZeTA or a visitor visa — unless you’re an Australian citizen.Check if you need a visitor visa or an NZeTA
  2. Step2Choose how to applyApply for your visa onlineVisitor Visa Application (1017) — if you can’t apply onlineIf you don’t provide all the documents you’re asked for, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) returns your application. 
  3. Step3Find out what it costs and how long it takesWhat you pay for your visa depends on the method you use to apply — applying online is usually cheaper. Most people pay by credit card (Mastercard, Visa or UnionPay). Find out what applies to you and how long it will take to get your visa.Fees, decision times and where to applyNote: You will not get a refund of your fees if your application is turned down.
  4. Step4Gather documents for your applicationYou need to prove that you:
    • have a ticket out of NZ or money to buy oneare in good health and of good characterhave money to live on while you’re here or will be supported financially.
    Meeting the criteria
  5. Step5Prove your identityWith your NEW ZEALAND ENTRY VISA you need to:
    • provide a colour photo — or 2 if you’re using the paper form to applyhave a passport that’s valid for at least 3 months after the date you plan to leave New Zealand.
    Acceptable visa photosINZ will let you know if you need to send your passport to them before they approve your visa. For most online applications they don’t need it.
  6. Step6Prove you’re of good character and in good healthYou must tell Immigration New Zealand about any offences:
    • you’ve been charged withconvicted ofserved time in prison for.
    Good character for temporary visasIf you’re staying for more than 6 months, you may need to get a chest X-ray or medical certificate.When you need an x-ray or medical examination
  7. Step7Apply for your visaTo make an online application, you need to set up a New Zealand Government RealMe account.What is RealMe?Before you start your online application, have all your supporting documents ready to upload.Apply for a visaVisa factsheet: Visitor visa
  8. Step8Receive your visaIf your visa application is approved, you’ll get a label in your passport or a letter.How we process applicationsThe date your visa expires is on your visa. Unless you get another visa you must leave New Zealand on or before this date.Varying the conditions of a visitor visaPlan your tripWelcome to New Zealand

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