Travel & Places Australia

New Zealand Visas: Waiver and Length of Stay

There are visitors to New Zealand who can be given visa waivers.

They are those visitors to New Zealand without a visa who must:
  • Hold a valid ticket to a country to which they have the right of entry.
  • Have sufficient money to support them during their stay.
  • Hold a passport valid for three months beyond the date of intended departure.

You will be able to stay in New Zealand for the time granted on your arrival.


Those intending to visit for a longer period must apply for a visitor?s visa.

You'll get a visitor's permit


The visitor?s visa is endorsed on your passport and is usually secured on application at a New Zealand embassy or consulate before you start your trip.

On arrival in New Zealand you will receive a visitor?s permit which states its expiry date and allows you to:
  • Visit as a tourist, see friends and relatives.
  • Study a course of three months or less.
  • Play sport or perform in cultural events without pay.
  • Make a business trip.
  • Undertake medical treatment.

There are conditions to fulfil if you want to stay beyond the expiry date on your visitor's permit.

Length of stay


Visitors to New Zealand may stay for nine months in an 18-month period. It is possible to apply for a further three months for a total stay of 12 months.

To qualify for the three-month extra length of stay you must have supported yourself financially, not worked or studied or been sponsored throughout your stay.

If your length of stay was nine months in the past 18 months, you must remain out of New Zealand for nine months.

If you stayed for 12 months you must remain out of New Zealand for 12 months before you can revisit the country.

Regulations may change


Visa and visitor requirements, including length of stay, may change from time to time, so be sure to check fully with a New Zealand embassy or consulate or with your travel agent who should know current requirements.

If, however, you not only want to visit New Zealand but plan to stay as an immigrant be sure to check with the relevant office in the New Zealand Government for immigration requirements.


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