What travel documents will you need?
Well before you leave for your trip, check to make sure you have all the travel documents you will need – and that they are all up-to-date.
Here is an outline of the documents New Zealand immigration authorities may want from you. But for more complete and detailed information on passports and visas – and how to obtain a visa – you should visit www.immigration.govt.nz or contact them using the address or phone numbers given below.
If you don’t have the right visa when you arrive, you may not be allowed to come into New Zealand.
To enter the country you must have a passport and it must be valid for at least three months past the date that you intend to leave New Zealand.
In addition to a valid passport, you may also need a visitor’s visa which allows you to stay in the country for up to nine months. This visa does not permit you to work for gain or reward while you are in the country. If you break any of the visa’s conditions you may be asked to leave the country.
Other types of visa include the following.
Needed by some travellers passing through New Zealand in transit.
Specific purpose work visa
For tour guides, group leaders and similar people working for gain or reward while in New Zealand.
International students studying in New Zealand for more than three months need a student visa. Those studying for less than three months need to apply for a visitor’s visa instead.
Limited purpose visa
The limited purpose visa places specific restrictions on the terms of your visit.
Special category of work visa
Long term business visas allow self-employment in New Zealand for periods of up to three years.
This is by no means a comprehensive list of all the visas available. For full details go to www.immigration.govt.nz.