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Entry requirements in New Zealand

Entry and Stay Conditions - New Zealand

The New Zealand border is now open to all visitors regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination status. Find out what you need to do by clicking here.  Other useful links include the New Zealand Government's Unite against COVID website and the New Zealand Ministry of Health website.

In addition, since October 20, 2022, travelers are no longer required to complete the NZTD Travel Declaration within 28 days of departure to New Zealand. However, it should be noted that the NZTD will be required again starting from July, 2023. 
For further information, please visit the New Zealand Traveller Declaration website.

Valid Passport

Every visitor to New Zealand must have:

  • A passport that is valid for 3 months beyond the date of return, or
  • A passport that is valid for 1 month beyond the date you intend to depart New Zealand, if the issuing government has consular representation in New Zealand that is able to issue and renew travel documents.


NZeTa or Visitor Visa

To visit New Zealand, you need either an NZeTA or a Visitor Visa - unless you're an Australian citizen.  Most people visiting the country must pay an NZD35 International Visitor Levy (IVL).  This will be paid at the same time you pay for your NZeTA or Visitor Visa.  Before you make a booking to New Zealand you need to learn about the following:

  • Immigration and visa requirements
  • How to request an NZeTA via website or mobile app
    Note: the name used on the NZeTA must match the machine-readable part of the passport.  For a married woman who has both names on the passport, it is mandatory to use the MAIDEN name.
  • Information for travellers from Visa Waiver Countries
  • Biosecurity and customs regulations


Who will have to pay the IVL?

All passengers (including connecting passengers) EXCEPT:
•    Passengers who are nationals or residents of New Zealand, Australia and certain Pacific Island nations.
•    Transit passengers

What is the difference between a transit passenger and a connecting passenger?

You are a transit passenger if your itinerary to an international destination on a single ticket includes a stopover of less than 24 hours in the Auckland transit lounge or on board the aircraft.
You are a connecting passenger if you are travelling on different tickets to each destination and need to collect and check in your baggage during the transfer in Auckland.