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How to apply for a visitor visa

If you come to New Zealand on holiday, you might need to apply for a visitor visa before you arrive. Work out what you need to do to apply.

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    Find out if you need to apply

    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.

    Check if you need a visitor visa or an NZeTA

    Find out which visitor visa you need

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    Choose how to apply

    Apply for your visa online

    Visitor Visa Application (1017) — if you can’t apply online

    If you don’t provide all the documents you’re asked for, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) returns your application. 

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    Find out what it costs and how long it takes

    What you pay for your visa depends on the method you use to apply — applying online is usually cheaper. Most people pay by credit card (Mastercard, Visa or UnionPay). Find out what applies to you and how long it will take to get your visa.

    Fees, decision times and where to apply

    Note: You will not get a refund of your fees if your application is turned down.
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    Gather documents for your application

    You need to prove that you:

    • have a ticket out of NZ or money to buy one
    • are in good health and of good character
    • have money to live on while you’re here or will be supported financially.

    Meeting the criteria

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    Prove your identity

    With your application you need to:

    • provide a colour photo — or 2 if you’re using the paper form to apply
    • have a passport that’s valid for at least 3 months after the date you plan to leave New Zealand.

    Acceptable visa photos

    INZ will let you know if you need to send your passport to them before they approve your visa. For most online applications they don’t need it.

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    Prove you’re of good character and in good health

    You must tell Immigration New Zealand about any offences:

    • you’ve been charged with
    • convicted of
    • served time in prison for.

    Good character for temporary visas

    If you are applying for a visa you may need a chest x-ray or medical examination as evidence of your good health.

    When you need an x-ray or medical examination

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    Apply for your visa

    To make an online application, you need to set up a New Zealand Government RealMe account.

    What is RealMe?

    Before you start your online application, have all your supporting documents ready to upload.

    Find out which visitor visa you need

    Apply for your visa online

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    Receive your visa

    If your visa application is approved, you’ll get a label in your passport or a letter.

    How we process applications

    The date your visa expires is on your visa. Unless you get another visa you must leave New Zealand on or before this date.

    Varying the conditions of a visitor visa

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