Passports, visas & electronic travel authority (ETA)
To ensure you have an experience to remember, make sure you’ve done your homework and have everything sorted before you leave.
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.
From 1 October 2019, visitors from visa-waiver countries must request an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) prior to coming to New Zealand. You may also have to pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL). For more information on the ETA and IVL, visit Immigration New Zealand. Australian citizens travelling on an Australian passport do not need an ETA.
Before travelling to New Zealand, you need to make sure your passport is valid for at least three months longer than your expected departure date. If you come from a country that needs a New Zealand visa to enter, please be sure to apply in advance.
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.
If you are not from a visa waiver country you will need to apply for a visitor visa before arriving in New Zealand.
Immigration New Zealand recommends to apply for a visitor visa online, and at least 4-6 weeks before your intended travel date. Apply for a visa here
If you need a formal letter for your visa application, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Passengers travelling to New Zealand via Australia and other countries
If you intend to travel through Australia or any other country on your way to or from New Zealand it is important that you consider the visa requirements for these countries.
Some nationalities are eligible to transit through Australia without a transit visa but others must hold a valid transit visa for Australia. More details can be found here. If you require a transit visa for Australia, it is your responsibility to obtain this before travelling.
Please note that Australia will not grant a transit visa without confirmation that the New Zealand visa has been approved. This means that you should apply for your New Zealand visa as soon as possible.