What is a Business Visitor Visa?

The Business Visitor Visa is for people who need to visit New Zealand for short business trips, like attending conferences or meetings, or doing quick business tasks. It’s perfect for professionals who want to connect and do business in New Zealand for a short while.

Visa Charges (NZ Immigration)

Starts from NZD $211

Processing Time

Around 2 weeks for 80% of applications

Length of Stay

Up to 3 months within 12 months

Things to Note

  • Apply online for a faster process.
  • Travellers from visa-free countries need an NZeTA before visiting, no need for a Business Visitor Visa.

Benefits of the Business Visitor Visa

  • Do Business in New Zealand: Conduct business activities in New Zealand.
  • Chance to Study: Get the opportunity to study for up to 3 months in New Zealand.
  • Bring Family: Option to include partner and dependent children in your visa application.

Note: The cost and availability of New Zealand visas can change because of decisions made by the New Zealand Immigration authorities.

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Application Requirements

Your Business Visitor Visa application needs the documents listed below.

Identity proof

Valid proof of Identity is required to be submitted in the application.

Health Check

Make sure you meet health requirements.

Good Character

Show proof of good character.

Genuine Intentions

You must genuinely fulfil the conditions required by the visa.

Business Reasons

Valid Business reasons needed to visit New Zealand through this visa.

Funds or Employer Support

Show proof that you have enough funds, or financial backing from your employer to support your stay and carry out your business in New Zealand.

Onward Travel

Proof of travel plans to leave New Zealand or funds for it.

Application Process

The application process for the Business Visitor Visa is different for each country. Below are instructions on how you can apply for the visa from your country of origin.

Steps and Fees

Just fill in your country information on the website here to see how to apply, how long it takes, and what it costs.

How to Submit

After you enter your country info on the site linked above, you’ll get details on how to submit, pay, and where to send your application.

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Conditions for the Visa

There are certain conditions that you would need to follow as a holder of the Business Visitor Visa in New Zealand.

Entry Permission

When you get to New Zealand, fill out a New Zealand Traveller Declaration to get permission to enter.

Multiple Entry

If you plan to visit more than once, make sure your visa allows multiple entries.

Onward Travel

Have a travel ticket or sponsor ready unless your visa says otherwise.


You can’t work, but you can do the specific business activities listed on your visa.


You can study for up to 3 months within 12 months.

Honour Visa Expiry

Make sure you leave New Zealand before your visa expires.

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The Business Visitor Visa is perfect for business people who want to spend some time in New Zealand to conduct their business activities. It also allows you to include your partner and dependant children in your application.

However, it can be hard to navigate the journey for the Business Visitor Visa Process. At ICL, we recognise that and offer a tried and tested step-by-step method for the visa application process, that gives you a higher chance of visa approval. So get in touch, and we will help you get your visa without much hassle and stress.


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What is a Business Visitor Visa?

The Business Visitor Visa is for individuals who intend to visit New Zealand for a short period to engage in business activities such as meetings, conferences, and negotiations.

How long can I stay in New Zealand with a Business Visitor Visa?

You can stay up to three months within any 12 months.

How much does the Business Visitor Visa cost?

The visa application starts from NZD 211. Additional costs may arise for health checks, police clearances, or proof of financial support.

What are the processing times for this visa?

Approximately 80% of applications are processed within two weeks.

Do I need a visa if I am from a visa-waiver country?

If you are from a visa waiver country, you do not need a Business Visitor Visa to stay for under three months. Still, you must obtain an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) before travelling.

What are the main reasons for visiting New Zealand under a Business Visitor Visa?

Valid reasons include participating in conferences, business meetings, or short-term contractual activities.

What financial requirements must I meet to apply for this visa?

You must either have sufficient personal funds to support your stay or have the financial backing of your employer.

What proof of onward travel is required?

Unless your visa states otherwise, you must have a ticket to leave New Zealand or sufficient funds to purchase one at the end of your stay.

Can I study during my stay on a Business Visitor Visa?

Yes, you can study for up to three months within 12 months.

What are the health and character requirements for this visa?

Applicants must be in good health and character, typically requiring a health examination and a police certificate.

How do I apply for a Business Visitor Visa?

It is recommended that you apply online for faster processing. The Immigration New Zealand website provides detailed instructions and the necessary forms.

Can I work in New Zealand on a Business Visitor Visa?

You cannot take up employment, but you can engage in the specific business activities declared as the purpose of your visit.

What happens if I need to travel in and out of New Zealand multiple times?

If you plan to enter New Zealand more than once during the visa validity period, you should apply for a visa with multiple entry conditions.

What are my obligations regarding health care costs during my stay?

You must agree to pay for your health care costs and have adequate medical insurance for your visit.

Disclaimer: The information provided is subject to change based on New Zealand government policies. For the most current information, please refer to Immigration New Zealand or contact ICL Immigration for updated guidance.

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