Australian Permanent Resident Visiting New Zealand


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Does an Australian PR need a Visa to Visit New Zealand?.

Yes,  as from the 1st October 2019, an Australian Permanent Resident will need to arrange an evisa BEFORE travelling to New Zealand.

1st October 2019: The New Zealand government brought out a new rule starting from 1st October 2019.

This requires Australian permanent residents to arrange an electronic visa to visit New Zealand. The cost for this evisa is NZ$12, plus the tourist tax of NZ$35.

An Australian Permanent Resident is NO LONGER treated the same as an Australian citizen in this respect, by New Zealand Immigration.

An Australian Citizen still does NOT need a visa before arrival in New Zealand. One will be granted on arrival, subject to any character issues.


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Some visitors and transit passengers can travel to New Zealand without a visa if they get an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) before they travel.

  • If you are from a visa waiver country you must hold an NZeTA before you travel.
  • Allow up to 72 hours for processing, but it could take as little as 10 minutes.

immigration.govt.nz/…/nzeta


The following is the old rule, before October 2019.

An Australian Permanent Resident does NOT need to apply for a Visa to enter New Zealand. An Australian Permanent Resident is treated the same as an Australian Citizen in this respect, by New Zealand Immigration.

On your way to New Zealand, you’ll be given an arrival card to complete, this is also your application for a visa, and this will ask questions about your character.

On arrival at New Zealand Immigration, your arrival card will be checked, and after confirming that you meet their requirements for good character and are a permanent resident of Australia, or an Australian citizen, they will grant you a New Zealand resident visa.

There is no fee for this visa (as an Australian citizen or permanent resident) on arrival in New Zealand.

The arrival visa that will be granted is a “New Zealand resident visa”

Australian citizens and permanent residents can visit, study, work and live in New Zealand. You won’t need to apply for a visa before travelling and can be granted a New Zealand resident visa when you arrive – as long as you meet our character and entry permission requirements when you get here.
immigration.govt.nz/…/australian-resident-visa

You can be refused entry permission if:

  • you don’t meet our character requirements
  • you refuse to let us to take your photo or to provide us with your fingerprints or an iris scan, if asked for them.
  • You provide false or misleading information in a visa application, to an immigration officer or on any part of your arrival card.
  • You can work in any occupation for any employer in New Zealand.
  • You can study in New Zealand.
  • Each time you leave New Zealand your Resident Visa will expire.

This aplies only to Australian PERMANENT visa holders, it does NOT apply to Australian Temporary Resident visa holders.

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The information we give is based on personal experiences, reading and formulation of available statistics.
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