New Zealand Passport and Visa Requirements | NZ Holiday Planner


Find information below to arrange your visa. And make sure everything is in order for your passport. It’s a good idea to make sure you’ve done your homework and have everything sorted before you leave. Taking care of the details before you arrive is the best way to ensure you have an awesome Kiwi holiday.

New Zealand Visa Requirements

Travel Rules for New Zealand 

Visa Waivers:

Visitors from over 50 countries don’t need a Visitor's Visa to New Zealand for stays up to three months.

However, the New Zealand Government has introduced a new travel requirement for some visitors from visa waiver countries. It’s called the  NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) and travellers need to request theirs via the official mobile app or website. Approval can take up to 72 hours, so get yours before you go.

Read our comprehensive guide to the NZeTA

Apply for your NZeTA online via Immigration New Zealand (this is the only official site: beware of impostors!) 



Make sure before you arrive that your passport is valid for at least three months beyond your intended departure date or one month past the date you intend to leave if the government issuing your passport has consular representation in New Zealand. You’ll also need to check if you need a New Zealand Visa.

Visa Exemptions

You don’t need a visa to visit New Zealand if you are: 

  • A New Zealand citizen or Resident Permit holder
  • An Australian citizen travelling on an Australian passport
  • An Australian resident with a current Australian resident return visa
  • A citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand (you can stay for up to three months)
  • A UK citizen and/or passport holder (you can stay for up to six months)

Visa Waivers 

Visitors from over 50 countries don’t need a Visitor's Visa to New Zealand for stays up to three months.

You do need:

  • An onward or return ticket to a country you have permission to enter
  • A passport that is valid for at least three months after your intended departure date from New Zealand
  • Enough money to support yourself (about NZ$1000 per month, per person)
  • If you have stayed in New Zealand for up to three months previously you may need to apply for a visa

The following are visa waiver countries:

Andorra                     Finland                    Lithuania (citizens only)                    San Marino 
ArgentinaFranceLuxembourgSaudi Arabia
AustriaGermanyMacau (with a Macau Special Administration Region Passport)Seychelles
BelgiumHong Kong (residents with HKSAR & British Nationals with Overseas passports only)MaltaSlovak Republic
ChileItalyNorwayTaiwan (Permenant Resident)
CroatiaJapanOmanUnited Arab Emirates
CyprusKorea (South)PolandUnited Kingdom (with UK/British passport) 
Czech Republic   KuwaitPortugal (with right of permanent abode in Portugal)United States
DenmarkLatvia (citizens only)  QatarUruguay
Estonia (citizens only)LiechtensteinRomaniaVatican City

Please visit New Zealand Immigration Services website to find out more.


New Zealand Visa

Visa Applications

If you’d like to stay longer than three months or if your country is not on the visa waiver list, you will need to apply for a New Zealand Visitor's Visa. Your airline or New Zealand Embassy can help with this. Or download application forms here from the New Zealand Immigration Service website.

Travelling via Australia

If you are travelling through an Australian airport on your way to, or from, New Zealand, you may need to apply for an Australian transit visa before travelling. Find more information here

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