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Having the right passport and visa organised is the key to a trouble free entry into New Zealand. Read more about New Zealand's immigration requirements.

We enjoy welcoming visitors to New Zealand and we’d like to think that when you come here that you have an experience to remember - but for the right reasons. So if you’re coming to New Zealand, it’s a good idea to make sure you have everything ready.

When you arrive in New Zealand, you’ll need to be carrying a passport that is valid for at least three months beyond your intended departure date. Many people will qualify for visa-free entry, but depending on your country of origin, some will need to apply for a visa before they travel. 

Do you need a visa or permit?

You do not need a visa or permit to visit New Zealand if you are:

  • A New Zealand/Australia citizen or Resident Permit holder
  • An Australian citizen travelling on an Australian passport
  • British citizen and or British passport holder who can produce evidence of the right to reside permanently in the UK (you can stay up to six months)
  • A citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand (you can stay up to three months).

If you come from Visa-waiver countries, you don't need a visa to enter New Zealand, but are still required to provide:

  • Travel tickets or evidence of onward travel arrangements
  • Evidence that you can support yourself in New Zealand (approximately NZ$1000 per month per person).

Border Levy

From the 1st of January 2016 passengers arriving and departing New Zealand by air will be required to pay NZD $18.76 (excl. GST), and cruise ship passengers (excluding crew) will be charged NZD $22.80 (excl. GST). The charge will be collected by airlines and cruise operators when tickets are purchased.

Working holidays

Younger visitors might want to consider applying for a working holiday visa. And if you’d like to make New Zealand your long-term destination our Skilled Migrant Category offers you the opportunity to move, live and work here permanently.

If you are travelling to New Zealand via an Australian airport, you may also need an Australian visa – consult your travel agent or airline if you are unsure. Transit visas will also be needed for all people travelling via New Zealand, unless they are specifically exempted by immigration policy.

For everything you need to know about entering New Zealand, please visit Immigration New Zealand.

Moving to New Zealand permanently

Are you thinking about a permanent future in New Zealand? If so, the best place to start is by finding a job here. Many New Zealand businesses look to recruit skilled professionals from offshore, such as those profiled on Workhere. This site is dedicated to helping highly skilled migrants find their future in NewZealand and it  also provides a useful insight into New Zealand industries

On Arrival

You will need to complete a Passenger Arrival Card before passing through Customs Passport Control. A passenger arrival card will be given to you during your flight; if not, cards are available in the arrival area.

Customs prohibited and restricted goods, Biosecurity risk goods

After you’ve cleared passport control, you should collect your baggage and proceed through customs and biosecurity checks. In order to protect New Zealand and it's environment, certain items are not allowed to be brought into the country, have restrictions for entry or must be declared if they are deemed to present a biosecurity risk. These include food, plants, animal products and outdoor recreational equipment.  

Your baggage may be sniffed by a detector dog and/or x-rayed, and it may be searched to identify any risk goods you might be carrying.

To avoid penalties it is best to familiarise yourself with these guidelines prior to travel. For a detailed list of prohibited, restricted or declarable items, please visit Ministry for Primary Industries (biosecurity agency).

Allowances and duty free concessions

As a visitor to New Zealand you may be entitled to various concessions and duty free entries on some of your goods. If you are 17 years or older, you are entitled to allowances for alcohol, cigarettes and tobacco.  For detailed information on allowances and duty free concessions, please visit New Zealand Customs


Domestic pets may be brought into New Zealand but need to meet specific conditions. For information on bringing pets to New Zealand visit New Zealand Biosecurity.

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