Changes to Visa Waiver scheme for passengers from South Africa, Mauritius and the Seychelles 21/11/2016

​Immigration New Zealand has made changes to the list of countries eligible for the Visa Waiver scheme. These changes will affect passengers travelling to New Zealand.

As of 21 November 2016, South Africa is no longer a visa waiver country. This means that all visitors travelling on South African passports must obtain a visitor visa from Immigration New Zealand before travelling to New Zealand.

Information about this change, and advice on visas for South African passport holders, is available on the  Immigration New Zealand website at https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/media-centre/news-notifications/visa-changes-for-south-african-nationals.

Also from 21 November 2016, Mauritius and the Seychelles are visa waiver countries. Visitors travelling on these passports will no longer need a visitor visa to travel to New Zealand for up to three months at a time.

Information about this change is available on the Immigration New Zealand website at https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/media-centre/news-notifications/visa-waiver-mauritius-and-seychelles.

This page was last updated on: Tuesday, 22 November 2016 .

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