Visa conditions

If you are granted a visa, there are conditions that you must meet. These visa conditions are described below.

Entry permission

You must apply for entry permission when you arrive in New Zealand. You can do this by completing an arrival card, which you’ll be given on the way to New Zealand.

You can be refused entry permission if:

  • you don’t meet our character requirements
  • your circumstances have changed since you were granted a visa
  • you refuse to let us take your photo or to provide us with your fingerprints or an iris scan, if asked for them
  • you’re unable to provide evidence of any onward travel or funds required by the conditions of your visa.

Travelling to and arriving in New Zealand


If you want to travel in and out of New Zealand, you must have valid multiple entry travel conditions to return to New Zealand.

Your travel conditions will be explained on your visa label or visa letter.

Onward travel

You must have a travel ticket or enough money to buy one.

Unless your visa label or letter states “Return/onward travel not required” you must have a ticket to leave New Zealand whenever you travel here.

Funds or sponsorship

You must have enough money to support yourself while you’re in New Zealand or have a sponsor.
Acceptable sponsors

You may be asked for evidence of funds or sponsorship when you arrive in New Zealand.


You can do practical or educational training relevant to your occupational registration for up to 3 months.

If your occupational registration training will take more than 3 months, you’ll need to apply for a student visa.


You may not work in New Zealand on a Visitor Visa.

Visa expiry

You must leave New Zealand before your visa expires.

Visa expiry dates are printed on a visa label, or included in a visa letter.

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