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The visa for New Zealand

The New Zealand visa (NZeTA), for your holiday or business trip

Since 2019, entering New Zealand is only possible with a visa or NZeTA. You can easily apply for your NZeTA online, with a digital application form. You pay £64.95 per person (see details).

Apply online in three simple steps

1. Visa application

New Zealand visa application

Each visa application starts with filling in the online application form. This only takes a few minutes.

2. Pay safely

Pay visa costs

Payment can then be made safely and easily with Visa, MasterCard, American Express or PayPal.

3. Print visa

Print NZeTA and take it along to New Zealand

After approval, the New Zealand visa is sent by e-mail. Print it and take it with you on your trip.

Do I need a visa for New Zealand?

Do you need a visa for your trip to New Zealand? All travellers that want to travel to New Zealand by plane or by cruise ship require a visa to do so. Only travellers with a New Zealand or Australian passport are exempt from this. Applying for the NZeTA online is the cheapest, fastest and easiest way to meet this requirement. Check before applying if all the requirements are met, such as the maximum length of stay of 3 months.

What is an NZeTA? An NZeTA is an electronic travel permit (visa waiver) for New Zealand. The abbreviation stands for “New Zealand electronic Travel Authority”. If you apply for an NZeTA online, you will not need to visit the embassy to have a visa applied to your passport. After approval, an NZeTA is digitally linked to the passport, and can thus be compared to the ETA for Australia and the eTA for Canada. When this website mentions the New Zealand visa it refers to the NZeTA, unless otherwise specified.

New Zealand visa requirements and validity term

To make use of the simple online application procedure of the NZeTA visa for New Zealand, the requirements listed below need to be met. It is also important to take into account the validity term and the overall length of stay per trip.

Permitted travel purposes with the NZeTA

What is the online visa suited for?

  • Tourism (including holidays and visiting friends or family)
  • Business trips (including conferences, trainings and other gatherings)
  • Applying for paid or unpaid jobs in New Zealand
  • Participating in unpaid amateur sports
  • Transiting in New Zealand
How long is the New Zealand visa valid for?

How long is the NZeTA visa for New Zealand valid for?
The validity term is two years, starting from the day of approval. A single visa can be used to travel to New Zealand an unlimited number of times. Each stay can only last a maximum of 3 consecutive months. During each period of 12 months, you can stay in New Zealand for a total of 6 months.

Other requirements to travel with an NZeTA include the traveller:

  • possesses a passport that is valid for at least 3 more months after the planned date of departure from New Zealand
  • needs to possess a return or transit ticket on arrival
  • must be able to prove on arrival that they possess sufficient financial means to complete the trip
  • cannot enter into employment with an organisation in New Zealand (both salaried work and volunteer work fall under this)
  • cannot have any serious transmittable diseases and is not expecting any serious medical problems
  • cannot pose a risk to the safety, public order or law enforcement of New Zealand
  • cannot have been sentenced to jail time, or be suspected of a fact that can lead to this

New Zealand visa application

How can I submit a New Zealand visa application? Applying for a visa for a holiday or business trip to New Zealand (the NZeTA) can be done entirely online, through the online application form on this website. After filling in the application form and making the payment, a passport photo must be uploaded. The application is then processed by the New Zealand immigration service. As soon as the application is approved, this will be confirmed by text message and the visa will be sent to you by e-mail. It can be used right away.

How long before departure do I need to apply? The standard delivery time is 5 days. If that is too long, the option "urgent delivery" can be selected in the application form. The application is then processed right away, which generally leads to an approved visa within 24 hours in 90% of the cases. However, no guarantees can be provided whatsoever regarding delivery times, including with urgent cases. There is also a chance that the application is denied, though that chance is very small. If the application is denied, another visa type needs to be applied for, which can sometimes take several weeks. The New Zealand immigration service therefore recommends applying for the NZeTA as early as possible. It is not necessary to have already booked a flight or accommodation to apply for a visa.

What does the New Zealand visa cost? The government of New Zealand levies a tourist tax, the so-called “International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy” (IVL). This tourist tax is 35 New Zealand dollars and is included in the visa price. The total cost of an NZeTA, including the tourist tax, visa costs and processing costs are £64.95 per person. If an urgent delivery is chosen, a surcharge of £17.50 per person applies.

Where can I go if I have questions or face problems? First, read the frequently asked questions about the New Zealand visa. Unable to find an answer or solution there? Contact our Visa Support Centre.

Summary New Zealand visa

Travel purpose Business or tourism
Validity period 2 years
Entry Unlimited number of entries
Stay Maximum 3 months per visit
Delivery On average 5 days
Urgent On average 24 hours
Apply Only online: apply now

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Specified price per NZeTA
Consular fee Service fee Total price
58 NZD £36.99 £64.95

Travellers about the New Zealand visa

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