COVID-19 Travel Restrictions
New Zealand borders have been closed to most visitors, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, with very limited exceptions. Border entry and quarantine restrictions are strictly enforced to prevent the spread of COVID-19 from all countries including Australia. So the normal requirements as detailed below, no longer apply. Instead "Managed Isolation and Quarantine" is currently in place for all visitors to New Zealand. Exemptions are limited to New Zealand citizens and residents, as well as people living in some of the Pacific Islands countries.
It is likely that travel with Australia will be the first country to have travel restrictions lifted with New Zealand, however this is unlikely to change in the near future.
Passports and Visas to New Zealand
Before you travel to New Zealand, please check that your passport is ready for the trip.
For Australian and New Zealand passport holders, or Australian permanent residents and new Zealand residents, your passport must be valid at least on the date you travel to New Zealand (must be valid on your arrival and departure dates).
In the case of visitors to New Zealand who are non Australian or New Zealand passport holders or permanent residents, that are coming to New Zealand as visitors, students or workers, your passport must be either:
- Valid for at least three months beyond the date you intend to leave New Zealand.
- Or one month in the case of nationals that have consular representation in New Zealand, that is able to issue and renew travel documents. Please check with your countries issuing passport office before travelling.
- Not damaged, defaced or excessively worn.
- Showing a visa or permit, if you require one.
Do you need a visa or permit from Australia?
Do you need a visa to go from Australia to New Zealand? You do not need a visa or permit to visit New Zealand if you are an Australian citizen travelling on an Australian passport; or if you are an Australian resident with a current Australian permanent residence visa or a current Australian resident return visa.
(Please Note: If you hold an Australian provisional or temporary residence visa, then you will need to obtain a visitor visa).
If you live in Australia, and have further questions, you can contact New Zealand Immigration on:
Phone: 02 8278 4529 (Monday to Friday 07.00 – 17.00 AEST)
How long can you stay?
Citizens and permanent residents of Australia (who do not have certain criminal convictions) may visit, live, study and work in New Zealand indefinitely.
Currently travellers from more than 50 countries, including USA, Canada, Malaysia, Singapore and most EU 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 (1 month if your country has consular representation) after your planned 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$1000 per month per person
- if you have stayed in New Zealand for up to three months previously you may need to apply for a visa
To find out if your country qualifies for a visa waiver, check out the Visa Free Countries of the New Zealand Immigration Service website, where you'll find a list of all eligible countries and other useful visa information. Your airline or nearest New Zealand Embassy will also be able to advise you if you require a visa. British citizens and other British passport holders who have evidence of the right to live permanently in the UK may be allowed to stay in New Zealand for up to six months.
Visa Waiver Countries with non-Australian Passport: NZeTA
Citizens of all Visa Waiver countries travelling on a non-Australian passport, from 1 October 2019, you will be required to take out an NZeTA (Electronic Travel Authority). Please visit the NZeTA website for more information.
Visitor's Visa Applications
If your country is not on the visa waiver list, or you wish to stay longer than three months, you will need to apply for a Visitor's Visa. You can download application forms from the Visitor Visa from the New Zealand Immigration Service website, or contact iVisa who will process your visa application for you.
If you are an Australian citizen, you can obtain an Australian Passport Application Form from the Australian Passports website, or from your local Australia Post office. Once the forms are received by the Passport Office, this normally takes about 3 weeks to process. However you should allow a little more time than this to allow for Australia Post delivery.
If you need a passport faster than this, then you can use their Priority Processing Service. This service guarantees that an eligible applicant's passport will be ready for despatch within two working days of a passport office receiving everything it needs. There is a Process Fee for this service.
Existing Australian Passport Holders that is current, or has expired less than 24 months ago, can renew their passport online.
New Zealand Passports
If you are a New Zealand citizen living overseas. Australian or United Kingdom residents should contact the New Zealand Passport Office in Sydney or in London. Residents in any other country should contact their nearest New Zealand Embassy, High Commission or Consulate office.