Requirements for entry into New Zealand

We look forward to welcoming you at the 10th World Avocado Congress but ask you very kindly to please check the travel requirements from your home country to New Zealand. The following information is provided for guidance but we ask that you double check all your own requirements. It is important you check the requirements for the passport on which you will travel and the requirements of each of the countries you travel through to get to New Zealand.

When you come to New Zealand for the World Avocado Congress you will need either an NZeTA or a visitor visa unless you are an Australian citizen in which case you don't need either. 

On this page:

New Zealand electronic Travel Authority  - NZeTA

Visitor visa – for citizens of countries that are not part of the visa waiver scheme

Visa waiver countries

Australian Transit Visa


Visitors to New Zealand require:

  • An NZeTA, or
  • A visitor visa, or
  • to be travelling on an Australian passport.

New Zealand electronic Travel Authority  - NZeTA  

If you are a citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand, (see the list below of countries in the visa waiver scheme below) you need to apply for an NZeTA and you must:

  • Hold a valid ticket from New Zealand to a country where you have the right of entry
  • Have sufficient money to support yourself during your stay in New Zealand
  • Hold a passport valid for 3 months beyond the date you intend leaving New Zealand
  • Remain in New Zealand only for the time granted on your arrival

Visit to complete the online application form.

NZeTA Mobile app

The fastest way to request your NZeTA is by downloading the free app to your mobile phone. If you use the app it will take you less than 5 minutes to complete your request.You can use the app to scan your passport to instantly upload your details and scan your credit or debit card for ease of payment.
Download the free app now on the Playstore or Apple App store (NZeTA on the App Store (


Cost and processing time

An NZeTA request costs NZD $17 on the free app, or NZD $23 if completed online. Allow 72 hours for your NZeTA request to be processed. Many requests will be processed more quickly.

To apply for an NZeTA you need:

  • a valid passport that you will use to travel to New Zealand
  • a credit card or debit card (Visa or Mastercard)
  • an email address
  • a photo of your face, or a device that can take one.

You do not need an NZeTA if you are:

  • a New Zealand citizen travelling on:
    • a New Zealand passport, or
    • a foreign passport that has a New Zealand citizen endorsement
  • an Australian citizen travelling on an Australian passport
  • a holder of a valid visa for New Zealand — including a Visitor Visa

Visitor visa – for citizens of countries that are not part of the visa waiver scheme

Citizens of countries that are not part of the visa waiver scheme require a visitor’s visa.

See the list below of countries in the visa waiver scheme.

Please check this list yourself, but delegates from the following countries ARE required to get a visa:

Countries include (but is not limited to): Colombia, Guatemala, India, all African countries including, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe,  Peru, Thailand. 

Visa information and the visa application form are available on:

Apply for a visa | Immigration New Zealand - visit > business or investment > visitor visa

On the application form under ‘purpose or reason’ is where they state conference and it should ask for the details.

If you require a Visitor’s Visa, please allow up to 12 weeks for processing.

Please include a copy of your WAC registration confirmation letter and an invitation letter to your application.

Invitation letter:

Please email with your registration confirmation if you do not already have an invitation letter to go with your visa application.

Without this visa to enter New Zealand in advance of your travel you will not be unable to board your aircraft.


Visa waiver countries:

A person who is visiting New Zealand for three (3) months or less and is from a visa waiver country (see list below), will not need to apply for a visitor visa before arriving in New Zealand as long as the purpose of the visit is for a lawful purpose as specified in immigration instructions. For more specific details on what a lawful purpose is, please follow this link:  

A person is deemed to apply for a visitor visa by completing the “New Zealand Passenger Arrival Card” and if granted entry permission, will also be granted a visitor visa. A person may stay in New Zealand in accordance with the conditions on their visa. All visitor visas are now electronic, meaning a person may not be given a stamp or label in their passport. 

United Kingdom  (UK) passport holders who can produce evidence of the right to reside permanently in the UK can be granted a visitor visa for up to six months upon arrival in New Zealand. 

Australian citizens and permanent residents do not usually need a visa to travel to New Zealand. For more information on this:   

Citizens of the following countries do not require a visa to travel to New Zealand, but only if the person concerned is seeking a visitor visa current for not more than three months and the purpose of the visit is not for medical consultation or treatment: 

Czech Republic
Estonia (citizens only)
Hong Kong (residents with HKSAR or British National (Overseas) passports only)
Korea (South)
Latvia (citizens only)
Lithuania (citizens only)

Macau (Macau Special Administrative Region passports only)
Portugal (with the right to live permanently in Portugal)
San Marino
Saudi Arabia
Slovak Republic
Taiwan (permanent residents only)
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom (must have the right to reside permanently in the United Kingdom)
United States of America (includes USA nationals)
Vatican City



Australian Transit Visa

If your travel itinerary includes a transit stop in Australia you may need an Australian Transit Visa. Details about this and how to apply can be found at the Australia Immigration website


You no longer have to complete the New Zealand Traveller Declaration (NZTD) to enter New Zealand.

Travellers do not need proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter New Zealand. Please check with your airline or cruise provider as they may still require proof of vaccination.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms when you arrive in New Zealand by air, we encourage you to take a rapid antigen test (RAT). You can get free RATs at the airport.

For the most recent information please visit the COVID-19 New Zealand website