Visitor Visa Guide

The INZ 1018 Visitor Visa Guide is designed to assist applicants in understanding the criteria and procedures for obtaining a visitor visa in New Zealand. This guide is essential for those looking to explore New Zealand as tourists, visit family and friends, or participate in cultural and social events. It provides detailed information on the visa application process, ensuring a smooth travel experience.

About This Guide

This guide aims to support you in accurately completing your Visitor Visa Application. It details the evidence and documentation you must provide when applying for a visitor visa. Make sure to read this guide thoroughly and refer to it while filling out your application.


Publisher: Immigration New Zealand

Last Updated: Jan 2022

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What a Visitor Visa allows

A visitor visa allows you to stay in New Zealand as a visitor for a limited amount of time. With a visitor visa, you can:

  • Visit as a tourist.
  • Visit friends or relatives.
  • Play sport or perform in cultural events without pay.
  • Enter New Zealand to get married.
  • Undertake short-term study (up to three months of study within a 12-month period per the visa validity).

Who is this guide for?

This guide is intended for:

  • Individuals planning to visit New Zealand for leisure or tourism.
  • People visiting family or friends residing in New Zealand.
  • Participants in sports or cultural events without receiving payment.
  • Those coming to New Zealand to get married.
  • Students planning to undertake short-term study courses.

How to Use the INZ 1018 Form

  • Purpose of Visit: Clearly state the purpose of your visit as applicable from the options allowed under the visitor visa.
  • Eligibility Criteria: Check the eligibility requirements for obtaining a visitor visa.
  • Documentation: Compile all required documents as specified in the guide to support your visa application.
  • Submission: Follow the detailed instructions for submitting your visitor visa application to avoid any processing delays.

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