New Zealand Visa Policy

Familiarize yourself with the visa policy of New Zealand and check requirements for your nationality.

Visa Policy for New Zealand

On this page, you can check the New Zealand visa policy and discover the requirements to travel to New Zealand for your nationality.

The NZ visa policy determines the requirements to visit New Zealand or stay in the country long-term as a foreign national.

The immigration policy of New Zealand varies depending on the traveler’s nationality, so you should check the New Zealand visa requirements for your country of passport before planning a trip.

Passport holders from around 70 countries around the world are able to travel to New Zealand visa-free for stays of up to 3 months.

To enjoy visa exemption, all citizens of these countries must pre-register for an NZeTA — a multiple-entry electronic Travel Authority — and receive approval before traveling to New Zealand.

This can be done in a matter of minutes by completing a quick online form. Once the NZeTA is granted, it is valid for 2 years, allowing multiple visits during this period.

The only exception is citizens of Australia, who do not need to obtain travel authorization or an embassy visa in advance and are deemed to hold resident status in New Zealand upon arrival, under the Trans-Tasman travel arrangement.

Foreign citizens not eligible for the NZeTA need a visa for New Zealand, from an embassy or consulate.

The same is true for any travelers who wish to visit New Zealand for periods of stay or purposes other than those permitted with an eTA. They must apply for one of the relevant types of visa for New Zealand from a NZ embassy or consulate.

No New Zealand visa bans for any nationalities are currently in place.

Discover the NZ travel visa restrictions for your nationality below, and do not forget to check this page regularly for any New Zealand immigration policy changes in the future.

Tourist Visa Policy for New Zealand

The New Zealand tourist visa policy depends on the nationality of the traveler and the length of the intended stay in the country.

Many travelers are visa-exempt for short stays for tourism and therefore must apply online for an eTA for New Zealand in advance.

The eTA (Electronic Travel Authority) is quick and easy to obtain online. It cuts out the need to go all the way to a diplomatic mission to submit visa paperwork. Applications for NZeTAs are processed within 3 business days at most — much faster than visas.

Visitors not eligible for the NZ eTA program are required to apply for a New Zealand visa for tourism from a NZ government diplomatic office in their country of residence.

Regardless of whether they require a visa to visit New Zealand or not, all foreign travelers to the country are required to have a passport valid for at least 3 months beyond the period of intended stay.

Find out if you need to apply for one of the New Zealand visa options by browsing the map below.

New Zealand eTA Required

The visa policy of New Zealand states that citizens of around 70 visa-exempt countries are required to obtain an Electronic Travel Authority (eTA) in order to board transportation bound for New Zealand and gain entry upon arrival.

A New Zealand eTA is a multiple-entry electronic visa waiver.

It became mandatory for visa-exempt visitors, as well as airline and cruise line crew of all nationalities, in October 2019.

The eTA for New Zealand is available through a simple online application. Once approved, it is electronically linked to the traveler’s passport.

There is no need to apply for a visa or travel authority in person. Simply complete the short form using a computer or device with an internet connection.

The eTA is often approved immediately, taking at most a few working days.

This saves a lot of time that would otherwise be spent going all the way to the nearest New Zealand embassy or consulate, filling out the paperwork and providing supporting documents in person, and waiting much longer for an NZ visa to be processed.

An approved eTA New Zealand permits a stay of up to 3 months from the intended date of arrival.

British nationals with proof that you have the right to live in the United Kingdom are allowed to stay for a period of up to 6 months,with each entry.

An NZ eTA is valid for a total of 2 years from the date of issue. It grants travel authorization to visit the country for purposes of tourism, business, or transit.

The Electronic Travel Authorization for New Zealand for airline and cruise crew is valid for 5 years from the date of approval.

The NZ eTA is mandatory for eligible passengers who are in transit, on the way to a third destination, through Auckland Airport.

Below you can find a full list of nationalities for which an eTA is needed to visit New Zealand.

New Zealand eTA Required: Country list

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Czech Republic
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guinea Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Ivory Coast
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Latvia
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau
  • Macedonia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • North Korea
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Palestinian Territory
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • South Sudan
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Timor Leste
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Tuvalu
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican City
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Mandatory New Zealand IVL

Since July 2019, it has been necessary for all citizens requiring an NZ eTA to pay a small tourist tax — the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) — to enter New Zealand.

The IVL has been introduced by the NZ government as a way for foreign visitors to directly contribute to protecting the unique nature of New Zealand and the infrastructure they will enjoy during their visit.

The money raised by the IVL for New Zealand will be used to invest in sustainable tourism and conservation projects in the country.

The tax will automatically be added to the existing NZeTA fee during the application process and is valid for the duration of the travel authorization.

All foreign citizens not eligible for the eTA who are traveling to New Zealand on consular tourist visas, student visas, or work visas must also pay the New Zealand IVL fee.

Embassy or Consular Visa Required

New Zealand immigration requirements state that there are over 50 nationalities for which an embassy visa is required to travel to New Zealand, no matter the duration and purpose of the intended stay in the country.

The protocol for obtaining an embassy visa for New Zealand involves making an appointment at a NZ government diplomatic office. This may be a New Zealand embassy or consulate.

It is then necessary to submit an application alongside a range of different supporting documents depending on the type of visa requested.

When applying for a New Zealand embassy visa, it is necessary to indicate which of the visa options the traveler requires, whether for tourism or business, to study or work, or to transit through New Zealand to an onward destination.

Although visa waiver applicants do not need to apply for a visa for short stays for tourism, business, or transit, New Zealand visa waiver citizens are required to obtain an embassy visa for longer stays or for other purposes. Nationals of  visa waiver countries are able to submit an application for a student, work, or visitor visa or for a tourism purposes for a stay of up to 9 months.

The validity period of an approved NZ embassy visa depends on the purpose of the intended stay.

Browse the list below to discover if you require an embassy visa to travel to New Zealand for your nationality.

Embassy or Consular Visa Required: Country list

  • Aland Islands
  • American Samoa
  • Anguilla
  • Antarctica
  • Aruba
  • Bermuda
  • Bonaire
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Christmas Island
  • Cocos Islands
  • Congo
  • Cook Islands
  • Curacao
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • French Guiana
  • French Polynesia
  • Gibraltar
  • Greenland
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guam
  • Guernsey
  • Isle of Man
  • Jersey
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Martinique
  • Mayotte
  • Montserrat
  • New Caledonia
  • Niue
  • Norfolk Island
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Puerto Rico
  • Reunion
  • Saint Barthelemy
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Martin
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Sint Maarten
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • Svalbard and Jan Mayen
  • Tokelau
  • Turkmenistan
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Uganda
  • United States Virgin Islands
  • Wallis and Futuna

Visa and eTA Not Required

You do not need an NZeTA if you hold a visa for New Zealand, or are an Australian or New Zealand citizen.

New Zealand visa laws state that a visa is not required for citizens of Australia who wish to visit the country, nor is an electronic travel authority (eTA), under the Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangement.

Australian citizens do not need a visa for New Zealand no matter the duration or purpose of the intended stay in the country. This is because of laws established under the 2009 Immigration Act, which permits a person to reside in New Zealand if they hold a residence class visa.

Under the Act, all Australian permanent residents and Australian citizens are considered to hold a residence class visa for New Zealand.

Therefore, Australian passport holders are automatically granted a free electronic visa on arrival for New Zealand to facilitate their entry to the country, without having to fulfill any formalities such as completing a visa application form.

The only restrictions to entry to New Zealand for an Australian national are if the traveler has certain criminal convictions with jail time served, if they have been removed or deported from any country, or if they are a member of a group designated as a terrorist entity.

An Australian citizen may also be denied a visa for New Zealand on arrival if they are deemed by the Minister of Immigration to be likely to commit an imprisonable offense or to be a threat or risk to the security or public order.

Visa and eTA Not Required: Country list

  • Australia

Transit Visa Not Required through Auckland Airport

Some foreign citizens do not need a visa to transit through New Zealand if they are passing through Auckland Airport for less than 24 hours and do not leave the transit area of the airport.

These include travelers with an NZeTA (see the list of countries above).

Citizens of the following countries may also apply for an NZeTA for transit through Auckland to avoid having to apply for a transit visa. These are transit visa waiver countries:

  • Bahamas
  • Bermuda
  • Bolivia
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador
  • Indonesia
  • Kiribati
  • The Marshall Islands
  • Micronesia
  • Nauru
  • Palau
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Samoa
  • The Solomon Islands
  • Thailand
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela

All foreign citizens who intend to transit through New Zealand at Auckland airport for more than 24 hours or leave the transit area, or who intend to transit through another airport in New Zealand, are required to obtain either an eTA online or a consular NZ transit visa in order to do so.

You must also apply for a transit visa if you are not from a transit visa waiver country; from a visa waiver country, or an Australian permanent resident.


This content has been reviewed by

Ekaterina Powell

US Immigration Attorney

Ekaterina Powell is a U.S. attorney licensed in the State of California, working in the area of U.S. immigration law for over 12 years. She has been featured as one of the top immigration lawyers in her state and city several times and has contributed to notable industry publications.

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