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Get a visa to visit another country

Check which visas you'll need and organise to get them well ahead of your travel dates.

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International travel — COVID-19 website

What type of visa you’ll need

Different countries have different rules — some countries allow you to stay for certain periods without a visa. If you do not have the correct visa you can be refused entry. The type of visa you need will depend on:

  • the country you’re travelling to
  • the passport you hold
  • the purpose of your trip
  • the length of your stay.

You can find out about the visa you’ll need from:

  • the foreign representative to NZ of the country you want to visit (for example, embassies, high commissions or consulates)
  • your travel agent.

Find an embassy, high commission or consulate

Applying for your visa

Different countries have different application processes — getting a visa can often take weeks, so make sure you give yourself enough time. Also make sure you have a valid passport when applying for a visa.

A visa does not always mean you’ll be able to travel

Having a visa does not mean you’ll be allowed to enter another country — you’ll still have to clear customs and immigration when you arrive.

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