Visas and Entry Requirements
Visitors to New Zealand must be in possession of a passport that is valid for at least three months beyond the intended departure date. The passport must also show a visa or permit to enter if required.
New Zealand Visas
British citizens and other British passport holders who produce evidence of the right to reside permanently in the UK can visit for up to six months without a visa.
Australian citizens and people who hold a current Australian permanent residence visa or a current Australian resident return visa do not need a New Zealand visa to enter New Zealand.
Nationals of most European and North American countries do not need a visa for stays up to three months long. However, it is always advisable to check the specific immigration requirements for each country before travelling.
Immigration authorities may also seek evidence of...
• Travel tickets or evidence of onward travel arrangements
• Evidence that your can support yourself in New Zealand (approximately NZ$1000 per month per person).
For all visa enquiries, for working holidays or longer stays consult the New Zealand Government Immigration web site http://www.immigration.govt.nz/.
There are no requirements to be vaccinated against any diseases in order to enter New Zealand.
Environmental Protection & Biosecurity
All visitors arriving in New Zealand, whether by air or sea, are required to undergo a Biosecurity Check. Visitors have to declare any goods that might be carrying pests or disease. These may be confiscated or, in the case of walking boots, may require to be disinfected on the spot.
Biosecurity risk goods that must be declared include:
• Any food including cooked, uncooked, fresh, preserved, packaged or dried goods
• Plant or plant products including fruit, vegetables, leaves, nuts, parts of flowers, seeds, bulbs, fungi, cane, bamboo, wood or straw.
• Animals, animal medicines or animal products including meat, dairy products, fish, honey, bee products, eggs, feathers, shells, raw wood, skins, bones or insects
• Biological cultures, soil or water
• Equipment used with animals, plants or water
• Articles with soil attached, outdoor sport or hiking shoes, and tents
New Zealand is free of many insect pests, plant diseases and animal infections that are common elsewhere in the world. These pests and diseases could cause millions of dollars in damage to New Zealand's environment and economy. Substantial fines may be incurred if visitors do not declare correctly.