New Zealand immigration gets fresh measures

- Posted in New Zealand by Visa Bureauon 24 September 2012

The changes, which are intended to make the New Zealand immigration process more efficient to encourage more tourism, have been welcomed by Auckland Airport.

"This announcement is a very welcome development that will make inbound tourism and trade easier. We know that Zealand, because of its remote location, has a competitive tourism disadvantage to many other countries and has to work harder to keep up," said Judy Nichol, General Manager at Auckland Airport.

"We also know that the ease and quality of the visitor experience at the border can play a significant role in travellers overall impressions of New Zealand, and can play a part in driving economic growth by encouraging repeat visits.

"The friendly and professional kiwi customer service attitude is often cited in the annual Skytrax awards as a reason why Auckland Airport has been rated the best airport in Australia Pacific for the last four years in a row.

"Today’s announcement demonstrates that our border agencies take that ongoing responsibility very seriously, and are looking hard at ways to introduce new technologies and processes to not only keep improving the travel experience, but just as importantly, maintain and preserve the integrity of our border."

The changes come following a review of the country's border services by the border agency in the hope that risks can be better managed and trade windows can be better complied with.

The New Zealand Visa Bureau is an independent migration consultancy that specialises in helping people apply for a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa.