Applying for a New Zealand Visa

When applying for a visa for travel to New Zealand, these are your  options.

Visas can be applied for online through the New Zealand Immigration website under the ‘Apply for a visa’ tab. Applicants are then required to create a RealMe account, fill in the application form and print it.

According to the VFS Global website, some applicants will be required to provide their passport to the Visa Application Centre (VAC) as part of their application. If this is the case, Immigration New Zealand will notify applicants via the RealMe account and they will have to schedule an appointment via the VFS Global website. A R450 passport handling fee will be charged for the service.

If an applicant does not need to present their passport at a VAC, they will receive a notification from Immigration New Zealand as well as an eVisa via their RealMe account. The eVisa must be printed and presented on arrival in New Zealand.

Travellers can also download and print a form from the Immigration New Zealand website, fill it in and schedule an appointment with VFS Global to process the application. VFS requires paper applications from applicants to submit their passport and will charge the passport handling fee.

As of November 21, 2016, South African visitors to New Zealand require visitor visas