Get a visa to visit another country
Check which visas you'll need and organise to get them well ahead of your travel dates.
What type of visa you'll need
Different countries have different rules – some countries allow you to stay for certain periods without a visa. If you don't have the correct visa you can be refused entry. The type of visa you need will depend on:
- the country you're travelling to
- the passport you hold
- the purpose of your trip
- the length of your stay.
You can find out about the visa you'll need from:
- the foreign representative to NZ of the country you want to visit (eg embassies, high commissions or consulates)
- your travel agent.
Applying for your visa
Different countries have different application processes – getting a visa can often take weeks, so make sure you give yourself enough time. Also make sure you have a valid passport when applying for a visa.
A visa doesn't always mean you'll be able to travel
Having a visa doesn't mean you'll be allowed to enter another country – you'll still have to clear customs and immigration when you arrive.