All visitors to New Zealand must carry a passport that is valid for at least three months beyond the date you intend to leave the country.
Visitor Visa Exemptions
You do not need a visa or permit to visit New Zealand if you are:
- A New Zealand citizen or Resident Permit holder
- An Australian citizen travelling on an Australian passport
- An Australian resident with a current Australian resident return visa
- If you are a citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand
Currently travellers from more than 50 countries do not require a Visitor's Visa for stays less than three months. You do require:
- A passport that is valid for at least three months after your departure from New Zealand
- An onward or return ticket to a country that you have permission to enter
- Sufficient money to support yourself during your stay - approximately NZ$1,000 per month per person
- Be aware that it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct documentation completed to enter New Zealand, and incorrect documents may cause you delays, that affect you starting your tour.
Find out more by visiting www.immigration.govt.nz.
No vaccinations are required to enter New Zealand.
Information supplied by New Zealand Tourism.
US travellers can also consult the www.travel.state.gov website.
This information is correct at time of publishing. Travellers should always contact their nearest embassy or foreign office, and travel agent to confirm all their requirements for visas, vaccinations and passports.
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