If you’re a US citizen, or a European citizen planning to visit New Zealand, then you’ll want to check out our new visa policies! Now, both US citizens and European citizens can apply for a visa on arrival in New Zealand. This means that you won’t need to apply for a visa before your trip – just arrive in New Zealand and you’re good to go!
What is the New Zealand Visa?
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New Zealand is a visa-free country for US citizens and European Union nationals. This means that you do not need to apply for a New Zealand visa if you are travelling to the country for less than 90 days. However, if you are travelling for more than 90 days, you will need to apply for a New Zealand visa. NEW ZEALAND VISA FOR US CITIZENS
To apply for a New Zealand visa, you will need to provide your passport information, your travel dates, and proof of your travel expenses. You should also include documentation supporting your reason for visiting New Zealand. For example, if you are travelling to the country to work on a project or study at one of the country’s universities, you should include evidence of this in your application.
Once you have completed the application process and submitted all required documents, the New Zealand Embassy or Consulate will send you an approval letter confirming your visa eligibility. You then need to visit the embassy or consulate in person to pick up your visa card and passport photo copy. After this, you are free to enter New Zealand and start your vacation!
How to Apply for a New Zealand Visa
If you are a citizen of the United States or an EU citizen, you can apply for a New Zealand visa online. You will need to provide your passport information, including your date of birth and any visa restrictions that may apply. Once you have submitted your application, the New Zealand embassy or consulate will contact you to schedule an appointment to submit your visa application package.
What are the Requirements for a New Zealand Visa?
If you are a citizen of the United States, the requirements for a New Zealand visa depend on your nationality. If you are a Canadian or an Australian citizen, the requirements are the same as for citizens of other countries. NEW ZEALAND VISA FOR EUROPEAN CITIZENS
Generally, to get a New Zealand visa, you must:
-Be a citizen of one of the countries listed below;
-Possess a valid passport that is at least six months old;
-Be in good health and have no serious medical conditions that would prevent you from travelling to New Zealand;
-Not be subject to any international travel restrictions; and
-Pay all required fees.
How Long will it Take to Process a New Zealand Visa?
New Zealand is a visa-free country for citizens of the United States and most European Union countries. However, certain nationalities may require a visa in advance, such as Australians. The following are steps to obtaining a New Zealand visa:
Step 1: Obtain a visa application form from your nearest New Zealand embassy or consulate. Complete and submit the form with all required documentation.
Step 2: Wait for a response from the embassy or consulate. Once you have received confirmation that your application has been accepted, you will be sent an invitation letter to attend an interview at the embassy or consulate. At the interview, you will need to provide supporting documentation to prove your eligibility for a New Zealand visa.
Step 3: If your application is approved, you will be issued a visa at the interview. It is important to keep your invitation letter and passport handy as you will need them when leaving for New Zealand.
What are the Costs of a New Zealand Visa?
There are a few things to keep in mind when applying for a New Zealand visa. The application fee is $140, and there is also a processing fee of $60. Additional costs may include a police check, medical examination, and/or an interview. The total cost of obtaining a New Zealand visa can be significant, depending on your nationality and the length of your stay. For example, a U.S. citizen intending to stay for up to three months will need to pay the application fee, plus the processing fee and an additional $170 for the visa itself. A European citizen intending to stay for longer than three months will likely need to pay more than the U.S. citizen – the processing fee alone could amount to several hundred dollars!
Preparing for Your trip to New Zealand
If you are planning to visit New Zealand, be sure to familiarize yourself with the visa requirements for both citizens of the United States and European Union.
New Zealand citizens must hold a passport from an eligible country and have had no other recent criminal convictions. For US citizens, the required documents include your driver’s license or state identification card, a passport photo, and proof of citizenship (a photocopy of your birth certificate). Citizens of the EU must have a valid passport from an eligible country and carry additional documentation including their visa application form, a passport photo, and proof of residence in their EU country for at least six months prior to arrival in New Zealand.