Visa and Immigration

NEW Visitor Levy Fee

From 1 July 2019, most international visitors entering New Zealand will be charged a levy of 35 NZD that will be invested in sustainable tourism and conservation projects.

The IVL is an important tool to make sure that New Zealander’s lives are enriched by sustainable tourism growth. It will do this by investing in projects that will substantively change the tourism system, helping to create productive, sustainable and inclusive tourism growth that protects and supports our environment.

Having a valid passport and the right visa

We want you to have a hassle free holiday from the beginning until the end. To ensure you have an experience to remember, make sure you’ve done your homework and have everything sorted before you leave.

Please note: We are updating our information regularly. As political situations can change quickly, we recommend you to visit to get the latest updates.

Do I need a Visa ?

  • A New Zealand or Australian citizen or resident. Permitted length of stay: 3 months
  • A UK citizen and/or passport holder. Permitted length of stay: 6 months 
  • A citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand Visa waiver countries are Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Malaysia, Netherlands, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, US and many more. Permitted length of stay: 3 months

If you don’t meet the above, then you’ll need a visitor visa, which allows you to holiday in New Zealand for up to nine months. The fastest and easiest way to apply for a visitor visa is online.

Working holiday visas are available to young people, usually aged 18-30 (but 18-35 for a select few nationalities). They let you travel and work in New Zealand for up to 12 months, or 23 months if you’re from the UK. To apply you’ll need to meet the visa requirements, and have:

  • A return ticket, or enough money to pay for one; and 
  • Be coming mainly to holiday, with work being a secondary intention.

Please note: The New Zealand Working Holiday Visa is a once in a lifetime visa. The same applies if you haven’t used your Visa within the one year you get to enter the country. 

When you arrive

Your passport must be valid for at least three months beyond your intended departure date

and if required, have a valid New Zealand visa.

Arriving in New Zealand

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. 

If you have a biometric ordinary passport (or electronic passport) and are over 12 years old, you may be able to use New Zealand Customs eGate service.This allows you to complete your Customs and Immigration checks faster so you can get on with enjoying your visit to New Zealand

What you can bring into New Zealand

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 its 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. 

Your Passenger Arrival Card lists the kinds of items considered a potential risk to New Zealand:

  • Any food– cooked, uncooked, fresh, preserved, packaged or dried.
  • Animals or animal products– including meat, dairy products, fish, honey, bee products, eggs, feathers, shells, raw wool, skins, bones or insects.
  • Plants or plant products– fruit, flowers, seeds, bulbs, wood, bark, leaves, nuts, vegetables, parts of plants, fungi, cane, bamboo or straw, including for religious offerings or medicinal use.
  • Other biosecurity risk items – including animal medicines, biological cultures, organisms, soil or water.
  • Equipment used with animals, plants or water – including for gardening, beekeeping, fishing, water sport or diving activities.
  • Items that have been used for outdoor or farming activities – including any footwear, tents, camping, hunting, hiking, golf or sports equipment.

If you have any of these items with you, declare them or dispose of them on your arrival in the marked bins at the airport. If you don’t declare all the food you are carrying, you will be fined and the food will be confiscated.

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.

If you are bringing any kind of outdoor equipment such as hiking boots, tents and other camping items, please clean them from any dirt before you enter New Zealand to avoid waiting times during your entry.

To avoid penalties it is best to familiarize 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).