If you come to New Zealand on holiday, you might need to apply for a visitor NEW ZEALAND TOURIST VISA before you arrive. Work out what you need to do to apply.
For information about visas and COVID-19, visit the Immigration NZ website.
COVID-19 — Immigration NZ(external link)
Find out if you need to apply
If 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
Choose how to apply
Apply for your visa online(external link)
Visitor Visa Application (1017)(external link) — if you can’t apply online
If you don’t provide all the documents you’re asked for, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) returns your application.
Find out what it costs and how long it takes
What you pay for your visa depends on the method you use to NZETA APPLICATION FORM — 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 apply(external link)Note: You will not get a refund of your fees if your application is turned down.
Gather documents for your application
You need to prove that you:
- have a ticket out of NZ or money to buy one
- are in good health and of good character
- have money to live on while you’re here or will be supported financially.
Meeting the criteria(external link)
Prove your identity
With your application you need to:
- provide a colour photo — or 2 if you’re using the paper form to apply
- have a passport that’s valid for at least 3 months after the date you plan to leave New Zealand.
Acceptable visa photos(external link)
INZ 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.
Prove you’re of good character and in good health
You must tell Immigration New Zealand about any offences:
- you’ve been charged with
- convicted of
- served time in prison for.
Good character for temporary visas(external link)
If 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(external link)
Apply for your visa
To 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 visa(external link)
Visa factsheet: Visitor visa(external link)
Receive your visa
If your visa application is approved, you’ll get a label in your passport or a letter.
How we process applications(external link)
The 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 visa