New Zealand Holiday Visa

You will not require a visa to enter New Zealand if you plan to stay for less than 3 months and you are a citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand.

  • A passport that is valid for at least 3 months after your departure from New Zealand;
  • An onward or return ticket to a country you have permission to enter; and
  • Sufficient money to support yourself during your stay.

British citizens and other British passport holders who have evidence of the right to live permanently in the UK may be allowed to stay for up to 6 months in New Zealand.

Visa Waiver Agreements
  • Countries who have visa waiver agreements with New Zealand:
Andorra Argentina Austria Bahrain
Belgium Brazil Brunei Bulgaria
Canada Chile Croatia Cyprus
Czech Republic Denmark Estonia (*i) Finland
France Germany Greece Hong Kong(*ii)
Hungary Iceland Ireland Israel
Italy Japan Korea (South) Kuwait
Latvia (*i) Liechtenstein (*i) Lithuania (*i) Luxembourg
Macau (*v) Malaysia Malta Mauritius
Mexico Monaco Netherlands Norway
Oman Poland Portugal (*iii) Qatar
Romania San Marino Saudi Arabia Seychelles
Singapore Slovak Republic Slovenia Spain
Sweden Switzerland Taiwan (*vi) United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom (*vii) United States of America (*iv) Uruguay Vatican City

*i. Visa waiver does not apply to people traveling on alien's (non-citizen's) passports issued by these countries.

*ii. Residents of Hong Kong traveling on Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) or British National (Overseas) passports.

*iii. Portuguese passport holders must also have the right to live permanently in Portugal.

*iv. Including nationals of the USA.

*v. Macau Special Administrative Region passports only

*vi. Permanent residents only

*vii. Must have the right to reside permanently in the United Kingdom


Visitors not requiring a visa are initially allowed a stay for up to 3 months for their holiday, after which they can apply in New Zealand for an extension of up to 9 months.

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