Visitor Visa

Visitor Visa / International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy

You are being allowed to travel to New Zealand if you do not have a visitor visa or an NZeTA.

  • Allow up to 72 hours for processing, but it could take as little as 10 minutes.
  • You may also have to pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL).
    The IVL costs NZD $35 and is paid at the same time as the NZeTA.
  • When you are from a visa waiver country, you must hold an NZeTA before you travel.
  • Australian citizens do not need an NZeTA.
  • An NZeTA request costs NZD $17 on the free app, or NZD $23 if completed online.

What to do:

New Zealand visitor visa processing time

Allow up to 72 hours for processing, but it could take as little as 10 minutes. An NZeTA request costs NZD $9 on our free app, or NZD $12 if completed online. You pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) at the same time as your NZeTA.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is New Zealand giving tourist visa?

Check if you need to apply for a Visitor Visa – people from visa waiver(opens in new window) countries can travel to New Zealand without a visa, but you must hold an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority).   

How long is a NZ visitor visa valid?

If you are a visa-waiver visitor, you apply for entry at the border by filling in your arrival card.
You will be allowed to stay for 3 months (or 6 months if from the United Kingdom) on this visit, and no more than 6 months in any 12-month period.
So, we will look at what date your 3-month visit (or 6-month visit) will end (e.g. 1 July 2020) and count back 12 months from there (e.g. 1 July 2019). We then make sure that in that 12-month period (e.g. 1 July 2019 – 1 July 2020) you will not be spending more than 6 months in New Zealand.

Can visitors come to NZ?

From Sunday 1 May 2022, 11.59 pm
The border opens to:
visa-waiver travellers
existing (onshore and offshore) holders of valid visitor visas

How much is a tourist visa for New Zealand?

Requesting an NZeTA costs NZD $9 through the app or NZD $12 if you use this form.

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