Travelling to New Zealand is easy. For practical information and travel advice before you leave, visit www.newzealand.com/int/travel-guide.
Before travelling to a country, you need to know the basic facts. New Zealand is a small country, similar in size to Great Britain or Japan. With a population of just over 4 million people it is gloriously uncrowded. Learn more about New Zealand here www.newzealand.com/int/facts.
All visitors will need to apply for a visa and provide evidence of your ability to meet the criteria for entry. Applications can take up to 3 months to process so please ensure you apply for your visa well in advance of your travel. If you are transiting via another country, please ensure you check their visa requirements as you may require additional visas.
If you are a citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand and meet the criteria below, you do not need a visa but do need an NZeTA to enter New Zealand:
You will need to apply online for an NZeTA prior to travelling. Please allow up to 72 hours for your NZeTA to be processed. Apply for your NZeTA here.
If you are transiting via another country, please ensure you check their visa requirements as you may require additional visas.
Note: Only use the NZ Immigration website to apply for your NZeTA. There are unscrupulous people charging more than is required when applying through third party websites.
If you intend to stay in New Zealand for longer than three months, you will need to apply for a visitor visa at least 30 days before travelling. Visa applications can be made online.
Australian citizens do not need a visa or NZeTA to visit New Zealand.
In order to protect New Zealand and its environment, certain items are not allowed to be brought into the country, have restrictions for entry, or must be declared if they are deemed to present a biosecurity risk. These include food, plants, animal products and outdoor recreational equipment. You may risk a fine if you fail to comply.
For more information, visit: www.mpi.govt.nz/travel-and-recreation/arriving-in-new-zealand/items-to-declare.
No vaccinations are required to visit New Zealand.