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New Zealand Immigration and Visas

If you want to immigrate to New Zealand, or visit the country, there are a few things you must know before you leave your own country.

Passport

You must hold a current, valid passport to enter New Zealand. Your passport should also be valid for at least three months beyond the date you intend to leave New Zealand.

You do not need to a passport to travel within New Zealand, however if you are an overseas visitor it is advisable that you keep your passport on you at all times.

Visas

A Visa is an official document issued by a country’s government allowing the holder to enter (or to make a formal request to enter) or to leave that country.

You do not need a visa to enter New Zealand if you are:

  • A New Zealand citizen
  • A New Zealand Resident Permit holder
  • An Australian citizen travelling on an Australian passport
  • An Australian resident with a current Australian resident return visa
  • A citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand

For further information about obtaining a visa, immigrating to New Zealand, or just visiting New Zealand, see the Immigration New Zealand website.

Customs

When you arrive in (or depart from) an international airport in New Zealand, you will be required to pass through Customs. Customs have strict guidelines on what types of food, products and animals that may be brought into the country. It is important that you make an honest declaration of any goods, products etc that you may be carrying.

You can find out more information about what you can bring into New Zealand on the Customs New Zealand website.

Duty Free

All International airports in New Zealand have a range of Duty Free stores that sell products without the addition of local taxes. You can purchase duty free goods on entry or exit of New Zealand.

There are limits on the amount of Duty Free goods that you can purchase and/or travel with. You can find out more information on the Customs New Zealand website.