Check if you need a visitor visa or an NZeTA
If you come to New Zealand on holiday, you’ll need to get either an NZeTA or a visitor visa — unless you’re an Australian citizen.
For information about visas during COVID-19, visit the Immigration NZ website.
Do Australians need an NZeTA?
Permanent residents: Yes.
Citizens: No — you don’t need a visitor visa either.
Permanent residents and citizens both get an Australian Resident Visa when they arrive in New Zealand.
The NZeTa is a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority. Having an NZeTA shows you’re allowed to travel to NZ. It is to help increase security at NZ borders.
You need an NZeTA if you’re travelling on a passport from a visa-waiver country
Check if your passport is from a visa-waiver country or territory.
Even if your passport is from a visa-waiver country, there are still some conditions to your travel.
Your passport must also be valid: Is my passport acceptable for travel to New Zealand?
If you’re transiting through Auckland International Airport
You must request an NZeTA if your travelling on a passport from a transit visa-waiver country.
If you’re arriving by cruise ship
If you do not have a visa, you must have an NZeTA.
More about arriving by cruise ship.
You need a visitor visa if any of the following is true
- are not travelling on a passport from a visa-waiver country or territory
- want to visit for more than 3 months (or 6 months if you’re from the UK)
- have a criminal history
- have health problems that could be a danger to public health or be expensive for NZ’s health services.
You do not need both an NZeTA and a visitor visa.
If you have a criminal history or health problems
No matter where you’re from, you might have to apply if you’ve:
- served time in prison
- been deported from any country
- been involved in criminal or terrorist groups
- have a serious health problem.
Check with Immigration NZ before you travel.
Before you come to New Zealand
If you don’t need a visitor visa before you arrive, you’ll still need to give information to border officials about why you’re visiting.
You need to be able to prove that you:
- have a ticket out of New Zealand, and
- enough money to live on while you’re here.