Immigration & Visa Information

All visitors must have a passport that is valid for at least three months beyond the intended date of departure.

Visa Exemptions:
You do not need a visa or permit to visit New Zealand if you are:
* A New Zealand citizen
* Resident Permit holder
* An Australian citizen traveling on an Australian passport
* An Australian resident with a current Australian resident return visa

If you are a citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand Visa Waivers Currently travelers from more than 50 countries do not require a Visitor's Visa for stays less than 3 months.

To find out if your country qualifies for a visa waiver, check out the Visiting New Zealand section of the New Zealand Immigration Service website. Your travel agent, airline or nearest New Zealand Embassy will also be able to advise you if you require a visa.

Visa Applications:
If your country is not on the visa waiver list, or you wish to stay longer than 3 months, you will need to apply for a Visitor's Visa. You can download application forms from the New Zealand Immigration Service Web site, or contact your nearest New Zealand Embassy.

Work & Study Visa:
The New Zealand Immigration Service also has information on work, business or student visas. If you are interested in studying in New Zealand, check out the websites of the New Zealand Independent English Language Schools and Education New Zealand Trust.

If you're thinking about living permanently in New Zealand, read the Migration section of the New Zealand Immigration Service Web site. It contains a brief summary of immigration requirements and information on obtaining a residence application pack.

Immigration Arrival Formalities:
Every person arriving in New Zealand must complete the arrival card handed out on the aircraft.

After you get off your aircraft, go to passport control with the following items:
* Completed New Zealand passenger arrival card which was supplied on your flight
* Passport

After completing passport control, you should move to the baggage claim area. Monitors show which carousel is used for baggage for your flight. Trolleys are available free of charge.
Follow the signs for agriculture and quarantine checks. Visitors should place any questionable items, particularly fruit & vegetables, in the bins provided.

Customs Requirements:
Comprehensive advice for travelers is available on the New Zealand Customs Service, website.

Prohibited Imports:
You should not bring the following items into New Zealand:

Firearms and weapons, unless a permit is obtained from New Zealand Police on arrival at the airport (includes sporting firearms). The New Zealand Police website has more information on importing firearms.

Class A drugs, certain drugs (e.g. diuretics, depressants, stimulants, heart drugs, tranquillisers, sleeping pills) unless in their original bottle with a Doctor's prescription

Ivory in any form; tortoise or turtle shell jewellery and ornaments; medicines using musk, rhinoceros or tiger derivatives; carvings or anything made from whalebone or bone from any other marine animals; cat skins or coats.

Heavy fines may be imposed on people caught carrying prohibited materials.
You will find details of restricted items on the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry website.

Duty Free Allowances:
Visitors to New Zealand may purchase duty-free goods, which are not subject to local taxes, from airport duty free shops on arrival and departure. Duty-free stores in downtown Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch will deliver purchases to aircraft departure lounges.

Apart from your own personal effects, and as long as you are over 17 years of age, you are allowed the following duty-free concessions:

200 cigarettes or 250 grams of tobacco or 50 cigars, or a mixture of all three weighing no more than 250 grams

4.5 litres of wine or beer (six 750ml bottles) and one 1125ml bottle of spirits, liqueur or other beverages

Goods up to a total of NZ$700 are free of duty and tax, but goods in excess of this may attract both duty and tax.

International Departure Tax:
A departure tax of approximately NZD25.00 is payable by anyone (over the age of 12) departing via the three international airports. This fee can be paid by credit card and caries depending on your departure airport.

International Airports:
New Zealand's international airports are at Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Some flights from Australia also land at Hamilton, Palmerston North, Queenstown and Dunedin.