How to apply for a visitor's visa
You might need a visa to come to NZ on holiday, depending on where you're from and how long you're staying.
Who needs a visa
You'll need a visa to come to NZ if you're from:
- a country not on the visa-waiver list
- a country on the visa-waiver list and are staying for more than 3 months
- the UK and are staying for more than 6 months.
You don't need a visa to come here if you're a permanent resident or citizen of NZ or Australia.
How long you can stay
A general visitor visa (tourist visa) will normally allow you to stay in NZ for 3 months. You can apply for up to 9 months in an 18 month period, but more than 3 months will only be granted in special cases.
If you want to stay in NZ longer than your tourist visa allows, you can apply for an extension.
The cost depends on your citizenship, the country you're applying from and the type of visitor visa you need. You won't get a refund if your application is denied.
You can pay by:
- bank cheque
- credit card (MasterCard or Visa)
- SWITCH card (UK only).
How to apply
You'll need to provide:
- an online application or your completed visitor visa application (form number INZ 1017)
- 2 colour passport photos
- a passport that's valid for at least 3 months after the date you plan to leave NZ
- a ticket out of NZ, or enough money to buy one
- proof you have enough money to live on while you're in NZ. This means:
- NZD$1000 per month
- NZD$400 per month if you've already paid for your accommodation, or
- a completed Sponsorship Form for Temporary Entry (form number INZ 1025), if someone's agreed to financially support you.
Medical examinations and x-ray certificates
If you’re applying for a New Zealand visa, you may need to get a chest x-ray or medical certificate as proof of your good health.