As a tourist, it is very easy to
obtain a visa to visit New Zealand.
And if you happen to hold a
passport that is included in the list of “special”
countries, it is even easier.
In a nation where many are presently jobless, New
Zealand is suspicious of visitors who come
pretending to be tourists and then get employment or
else go beyond the limit on their visas.
Therefore, it is crucial for some would-be visitors to be
able to prove in some manner that they will not overstay
their visas or get employment; not unless they are applying
for a work permit.
It is a shame then that some of those who are truly just
tourists get rejected and fail to acquire visas due to a
seeming chance that they might violate the stipulations of
Australians and those with Australian permanent residence
permits are high on the list of those who find it easy to go
to New Zealand. With a valid passport they can enter New
Furthermore, they can stay in the country indefinitely and
even work if they want without limitations.
However, those with criminal records are deemed
unacceptable to enter the country.
If you plan to stay for just three months or even
less and you hold a passport from certain member
countries, you can enter New Zealand without a visa.
Citizens of Britain and other passport holders who
are allowed to live permanently in that country may
be granted a 6-month visitor’s permit upon their
arrival in New Zealand.
In some cases, a visa may not be required and may be
waived for certain people. These visitors must
fulfill certain requirements though. They must:
carry with them a valid ticket to enter the country,
have enough funds to hold them up during their
entire stay, and carry a passport which is valid for
at least 3 months after the time of their scheduled
However, those who plan to stay for a longer time
than given officially must secure a visitor’s visa.
A visa for visitors is authorized on your passport
and is normally available on request at a consulate
or embassy of New Zealand in your own country prior
to taking your trip.
Upon coming to New Zealand you will be given a
visitor’s permit which indicates its date of
expiration and permits you to travel as a tourist
and visit relatives and friends, take up a course
that will last for only 3 months or less, attend or
take part in a sport or cultural event without
compensation, go on business, and undergo medical
treatment. If you want to stay for longer than the
time you are given, you must fulfill certain
Within an eighteen month period, New Zealand
visitors may remain in the country for 9 months.
There is a possibility of extending their stay for
another 3 months upon application which would make
the stay a whole year.
To meet the requirements for the 3-month additional time of
stay you ought to have supported yourself money-wise, not
studied or worked or been supported by someone else during