Check the receiving center fees, time frames, and details of the VAC by selecting the correct information about the visa type, your country of nationality and citizenship, country where you intend to submit your application, the mode of application (on paper), and number of persons applying for a visa.
Schedule a New Zealand visa appointment.
Submit your New Zealand visa application form.
Submit your application form together with the supporting documents. Further instructions will be given at the VAC regarding collection of passport, visa, and documents
Pay your visa application fees and other fees (if applicable) at the VAC.
Gather all required documents.
Scan the documents and save as in PDF format.
Fill out the application form.
Visit the official New Zealand Immigration Online website to apply for a visitor visa. Create a RealMe account or log in if you already have one. Follow the online instructions for account setup or creation. Answer the questions and fill out application form in English.
Submit your New Zealand visa application online.
Upload the supporting documents. All documents must in PDF format and must not be larger than 10 MB.
Pay the application fee and immigration levy using Visa, Mastercard, or UnionPay
Applicants will be notified if there is a need to send their passport or if an eVisa can be issued. Passports should be sent to the nearest VAC and must be received within 20 days. Otherwise, the application may be delayed or declined. There may be a handling fee that must be paid when sending passports to VACs.
Note Some applicants may be asked to provide more information or documents after submitting their online applications. To upload additional documents, you can:
Log in to your account
Select your application in the Submitted tab
Select Upload additional document
New Zealand Visa Fees
The standard fee for a visitor visa starts from NZ$150. However, the fee may vary, depending on the applicant’s nationality, the country where the application was made, and the mode of application (whether online or on paper). Aside from the visa application fee, there may be other fees such as the tourism levy fee.
Where to Apply
Applications can either be made online through the official New Zealand Immigration Online website(RealMe) or on paper through VACs.
New Zealand Visa Processing Time
According to the New Zealand immigration website, the current processing time for a New Zealand visitor visa is within 11 months.
Note: Due to the current Covid-19 situation, the majority of visa processing for applications outside New Zealand has been put on hold because these are not likely to meet the country’s current entry conditions.
For approved visa applications:
It is a must to check the details of the visa and contact the VAC or Immigration New Zealand if any detail on the visa is incorrect. If your visa details do not match your passport, you may be delayed when traveling to New Zealand. Note that an eVisa will only record your first and last name, it does have any middle name.