A tourist visa is a conditional authorization granted by a country to a foreigner allowing them to enter, remain within or to leave that country. If you are applying for a New Zealand tourist visa, there are requirements you must meet to stand a chance of getting the visa and that’s what we will talk about in this article.
Who needs a tourist visa?
You’ll need a tourist visa to New Zealand if you’re from:
- A country not on the visa-waiver list.
- A country on the visa-waiver list and are staying for more than 3 months
- The UK and are staying for more than 6 months.
Please click here for a list of countries on the visa waiver list.
Please note that you don’t need a visa to travel to New Zealand if you’re a permanent resident or citizen of NZ or Australia.
How long can you stay with a tourist visa?
A general visitor visa (tourist visa) will normally allow you to stay in New Zealand for 3 months. You can apply for up to 9 months in an 18 month period, but more than 3 months will only be granted in special cases. Note that if you want to stay in NZ longer than your tourist visa allows, you can apply for an extension.
The cost of the visa depends on your citizenship, the country you’re applying from and the type of visitor visa you need. You won’t get a refund if your application is denied. Please click here to find out what your visa will cost.
You can pay by:
- bank cheque
- credit card (MasterCard or Visa)
- SWITCH card (UK only).
You’ll need to provide:
- an online application or your completed visitor visa application (form number INZ 1017)
- 2 colour passport photos
- a passport that’s valid for at least 3 months after the date you plan to leave NZ
- a ticket out of NZ, or enough money to buy one
- proof you have enough money to live on while you’re in NZ. This means:
- NZD$1000 per month
- NZD$400 per month if you’ve already paid for your accommodation, or
- a completed Sponsorship Form for Temporary Entry (form number INZ 1025), if someone’s agreed to financially support you.
Medical examinations and x-ray certificates
If you’re applying for a New Zealand visa, you may need to get a chest x-ray or medical certificate as proof of your good health.