Visitor visa types for New Zealand
eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization)
The New Zealand eTA is obligatory for eligible citizens, as of October 2019. Applicants are able to apply online in a few minutes without the need of going to an embassy or consulate.
For this type of document it is mandatory to have a passport from one of the 60 eTA eligible countries, that you can see in our homepage. The majority of applications are quickly approved and the approved eTAs are sent to travellers electronically.
The New Zealand Visitor Visa is for travellers who are from non visa-exempt countries (or from visa- exempt countries but wish to stay for longer than the time limit). The visas allow visitors to enter for tourism, adventure activities, amateur sports events, and for studying. Partners and dependent children (aged 19 and under) can be included on the visa application. Applicants need to show they have enough money to support themselves.
New Zealand Medical Treatment Visitor Visa
Foreign nationals from visa waiver countries or territories visiting New Zealand for medical consultations or treatment are required to apply for a New Zealand Medical Treatment Visitor Visa.
This is done by presenting the necessary documents and filling out the required forms, at a New Zealand embassy or consulate in your country of residence.
Which visa type do i need?
Whether you need a Visa or eTA to enter the country depends on your nationality, the amount of time you wish to stay, and what you intend to do during your visit.
If you wish to work or study for more than 3 months it is necessary to obtain a Visitor Visa. If you plan to visit for tourism purposes, citizens of 60 nationalities can currently travel to New Zealand with the new New Zealand eTA. Starting on October 2019, it will be obligatory for nationals of these 60 countries to apply for an eTA online before travelling to the country.
Citizens from the United Kingdom can enter for periods of up to six months with the New Zealand eTA. Australians can stay in New Zealand indefinitely without a visa as they are granted automatic residency status on arrival.
Foreign passport holders not eligible for the eTA are required to obtain a New Zealand Visitor Visa.