Get a visa to visit another country
Check which visas you'll need and organise to get them well ahead of your travel dates.
Check the official COVID-19 website about travel restrictions.
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.
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.