Everything You Need To Know About A New Zealand Visa
the holder of a British Citizen passport, you do not need a visitor visa to
enter New Zealand, provided your stay period in the country does not exceed six
However, you do need to obtain a New Zealand Electronic Travel
Authority (NZeTA) before you travel.
can apply for a NZeTA online or through a free app on Google
Play or Apple Store after the payment of a fee, amounting to NZD $12 (online)
and NZD $9 (mobile apps).
Additionally, you need to pay an International
Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) of NZD $35 during the application
NZeTA holds a validity of up to two years. It usually takes around 72 hours to
be processed and you can use it multiple times to enter New Zealand within the
being granted a NZeTA, you need to present some mandatory documents upon
arrival. You must be able to prove that you intend to visit the nation for
recreation, tourism, or non-income-generating business purposes.
also carry your British Citizen passport that is valid for at least 6 months
and has a minimum of 2 blank pages.
arrival, you shall also be asked to present an onward ticket and display proof
of having sufficient funds to support you during your stay. If you already have
a New Zealand residence permit or a temporary visitor visa, you do not need a
NZeTA to visit the nation.
cannot use a NZeTA to work in New Zealand. You need to follow the country’s
immigration rules, which we shall cover in subsequent sections. Again, a NZeTA
is not granted if you are traveling for medical purposes or hold a criminal
you arrive at the airport, you must fill a Passenger Arrival Card prior to
passing through Customs Passport Control. A passenger arrival card is issued to
travelers during the flight. Otherwise, this card is also available at arrival
Entry rules for foreigners residing in the UK
can enter New Zealand only with a NZeTA if you belong to any of the visa-waiver
nations, are traveling on a cruise ship, or you are a permanent resident of
NZeTA is also valid if you are passing via Auckland International Airport as a
transit passenger on the way to or from Australia. Additionally, it is also
applicable if you are transiting through Auckland International Airport to
another country and belong to a visa waiver or transit visa waiver country.
can check the complete list of visa-exempt territories here.
you are not a citizen of any of the visa-exempted nations, you need to secure a
visa prior to your travel to New Zealand.
A visitor visa grants you a stay of
up to nine months and it allows you to visit New Zealand for adventure, amateur
sports, tourism, or for meeting friends and family.
can also use it to study in the nation for up to three months. You may also
include your partner or kids (under 19 years) in the visa application form.
order to apply for a visitor visa, you will need:
- A completely filled visa application
- A passport or identity document from
your native country
- 2 passport-size photographs
- A health certificate
- A police certificate assuring your
- Proof that you have NZD $1000 per
month if you are staying without accommodation and NZD $400 per month if you
have pre-arranged accommodation
- A comprehensive medical insurance
- Proof of onward travel
If you wish to study in New Zealand (for a period exceeding 3 months), you need
to apply for a study visa. For work-related activities, you need a work visa.
For business purposes, you require a business visa. For special purposes like a
work assignment or as a spouse or partner, you need a special category visa.
can apply for a visitor visa online or even submit a paper application.
visas and permanent residence
you are traveling to New Zealand to take up long-term employment for a period
of a few years or you wish to settle in the nation, you need to secure a work
or resident visa. Of course, you need to get a job in New Zealand first before
applying for one. For a UK national with a confirmed job, here are the work visa options.
UK Emergency Travel Documents
government of New Zealand accepts UK Emergency Travel Document (ETD) at points
of entry, provided it is accompanied by a permanent residence permit or work or
study visa. You can also use an ETD when you are traveling for a vacation, only
when New Zealand is not the final destination. Immigration authorities also
accept ETDs during airside transit and exit from New Zealand.
Zealand follows extremely strict rules when it comes to biosecurity
regulations. You cannot import foodstuffs that are deemed illegal by law. These
include meat and meat products, honey, fruits, and dairy products.
If you break
these regulations, you might have to face strict penalties.
you should also be careful when importing items such as wood products, golf
clubs, footwear, tents, fishing equipment and items made from animal skin. The
complete details will be present in the immigration arrival card.
you are doubtful of what you are carrying, it is recommended to declare such
items to a Ministry of Agriculture official or maybe even discard them in the
bins available inside the airport. Failure to follow these rules can lead to
fines of up to $100,000 or even imprisonment.
Zealand also follows certain restrictions on bringing medication into the
nation. If you are carrying prescription medicines, you have to declare it on
your passenger arrival card.