New Zealand tourist visa from India is granted to Indians who wish to enter New Zealand for tourism, travel, and leisure purposes. The post covers information about New Zealand Visa process  and New Zealand immigration from India. Visitors are allowed to stay for a predetermined amount of time. These visas do not permit the holder to work or engage in any business activities in the host country. Visitors cannot use any publicly funded services such as a public hospital in New Zealand. Travelers looking to visit New Zealand for the sole purpose of tourism need a visitor visa, which allows you to holiday in New Zealand for up to nine months.

New Zealand Visa 

A business visa allows the bearer to enter a foreign country and engage in business activities without joining that country’s labor force, temporarily or permanently. Typically, the visitors must show that they are not receiving any income from the government. A business visa is granted to those visitors who plan to visit New Zealand to take part in temporary work or business activities. You can visit New Zealand on a Business Visitor Visa for a maximum period of 3 months. You will need to have enough money to sustain yourself while you are in New Zealand. Otherwise, you must have the financial support of your employer.

You can only travel to New Zealand with a visa. You are not permitted to enter or remain in the country. When you arrive in New Zealand, you must fill out an arrival card, which will be given to you on your flight. You may be denied entry if you do not meet the country’s character requirements or if your financial circumstances have changed since you were granted a visa. This could also happen if you refuse to let the authorities take your picture or scan your iris and fingerprints, or if you can’t show proof of return travel.

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New Zealand visa requirements 

The following documents are required irrespective of which New Zealand visa type you are applying for.

  1. Travel document– The applicant’s passport must be valid for a minimum of three months after the intended departure from New Zealand. It must contain at least two blank pages and must have been issued within the last ten years. The passport should not have any observation regarding the front data page.
  2. Application form– The applicant must submit a fully completed application form. Applicants must note that any incomplete information or false statement in the application could delay processing or rejection of the application. The application form can be downloaded in English or Hindi, but it has to be filled only in the English language.
  3. Photograph– Applicants require one recent original passport-size color photograph with a white background. The picture should not be more than six months old.
  4. Applicant’s letter- You must submit a letter explaining why you want to go to New Zealand. You must sign and date the letter. Submit this with your other documents.
Your letter must include the following details:

Letter for New Zealand visa for Indians must include following details:

  • Your Full Name
  • Postal Address
  • The reason you wish to go to New Zealand
  • The dates you plan to arrive and leave New Zealand
You must also include a commitment in the letter that you will:
  • Obey the conditions of your visa fully.
  • Not become a burden on the State of New Zealand by relying on public services.
  • Leave New Zealand before your immigration permission or visa expires.

5) Travel Medical Insurance– To cover all possible expenses connected with a return to India for health reasons, death, necessary medical treatment, or acute hospitalization during their stay in New Zealand, applicants must hold a valid travel insurance policy while traveling. The insurance policy must be good for the entire duration of the applicant’s intended stay in New Zealand. The applicant may shorten the validity of the visa if their insurance policy does not cover the whole duration of the stay in New Zealand.

6) Proof of Means of Transport – Applicants needs their flight reservation of return or round ticket. Please note that the keys do not have to be paid for; only the booking receipt must be submitted.

7) Proof of Lodging – The applicant’s hotel reservations, receipt of renting a holiday home or campus residence reservation is required as proof. Proof of sponsorship and private accommodation from the host is required if the applicant intends to stay with a family member or a friend in New Zealand.

8) Proof of Financial means– The applicant’s original bank statement showing their transactions in the last three months, duly stamped and signed by the bank authority, or Indian income tax return statement acknowledging returns for the last two assessment years are required. You must have at least NZ $1,000 per month, or NZ $400 per month if you have already paid for your accommodation, for every month of your expected stay.

If you are going to be sponsored, your sponsor must provide evidence they can look after you in New Zealand. Evidence can be in the form of their:

  • Recent bank statements
  • Most recent pay slips
  • Employment agreement
  • Accommodation ownership or payment of rent

In addition if the applicant is employed:

  • Current employment contract
  • Copy of current bank statement of the latest 6 months
  • No-objection certificate from current employer
  • Income Tax Return (ITR) form or Certificate of Income Tax deducted at the source of salary from the applicant
  • Salary slips for the last 3 months

If the applicant is a company owner or self-employed:

  • A copy of their business license
  • Copy of the company bank statement of the latest 6 months
  • Income Tax Return (ITR) of the company
If the applicant is retired:
  • Pension statement for the previous 6 months
  • Proof of regular income received from property or rent for the last 6 months (if any)
  1. Minor Applicant
  • If the minor is travelling with only one parent, except in cases of the parent having sole custody or guardianship of the minor, written consent certified by a public notary of the other parent or guardian is required.
  • If the minor is travelling alone, without a legal guardian, written consent certified by a public notary from either the parents or guardians having custody of the minor is required. Additionally, copies of the passport of the parents are required. If not applicable, birth certificate of the applicant and copies of Identity proof of the parents must be submitted.
  • All minors must be accompanied by either parents or legal guardians to the Visa Office, to sign the application form in front of an officer. In cases where the child is traveling with one parent to visit the other parent who is residing in New Zealand, this clause is dropped.
  1. Passport Copy– All applications must enclose a full colour photocopy of the valid passport of the applicant. All the pages of the passport are required to be photocopied and attached. Applicants are also encouraged to submit any old copies of expired or cancelled passports held by them to the centre.
Documents to be submitted depending on the visa type

New Zealand Business Visa

For Business or New Zealand Work visa  for Indian:

  • An invitation from the company or organization which is hosting you
  • Cover letter from the applicant’s employer stating the purpose of the visit;
  • Both letters must confirm the following details:
  1. The applicant’s identity;
  2. The purpose of the visit, such as meetings, conferences, training, or business-related events.
  3. The period and place of intended stay of the applicant while in New Zealand.

New Zealand Tourist visa from India

  • A certificate from the travel agency is confirming the booking of an organized trip of the applicant. (or)
  • Any other appropriate document indicating the travel plans of the applicant, including period and reason of visit.
  • If the applicant is married and cannot provide evidence of marital status in the passport, a marriage certificate must be submitted. If applicable, a copy of the ration card can also be submitted.

New Zealand Visa Fees

A Tourist Visa or a Business Visa for an adult costs INR 8900.

The Visa Application Centre (VAC) Service Fees to receive your application and submit it to Immigration New Zealand can range from INR 1,038 – INR 1,840. The current exchange rate dictates the visa fee in Indian Rupees, and it is subject to change without notice, as per fluctuations in the economy. All visa fees are non-refundable, regardless of whether the visa is granted or not.

How to apply for a New Zealand visa

Offline Method

Step 1: Visit the  website  Select the visa type you are applying for. Then select Tourist/Business Visa Application Form.

Step 2: You will be redirected to a PDF version of the form. Download the paper mentioned above of the application. Take a print-out of the form and fill it inaccurately.

Step 3: Fill in the application form by stating the following details:
  • Surname at present
  • Surname at birth
  • First Name of the applicant
  • Date of Birth, Place of Birth and Country of Birth of the applicant
  • Current Nationality and nationality at birth
  • Sex
  • Marital status
  • In case of a Minor applicant: fill in first name, surname, address (if different from the principal applicant), and nationality of parents or legal guardians.
  • Type of Document held by applicant (official Passport, Ordinary Passport, Diplomatic Passport, or Service passport)
  • The number on the travel document (passport number)
  • The validity of travel document
  • Applicant’s home address, email address, and telephone number
  • State whether you have received immigration advice on this application
  • Write the names and addresses of any friends, relatives, or contacts you have in New Zealand (if applicable)
  • List your current and previous two employers, including periods of self-employment. Start with the current position you hold.
  • The primary purpose of the journey (such as tourism, business, visiting friends and family, culture, sports, or other reasons)
  • Dates of entry and exit
  • If you have a partner, fill in their details such as name, gender, date of birth, address, passport details. Fix two passport-sized photographs of them.
  • State whether your partner is included in your application
  • If you have any children, fill in their details such as name, gender, date of birth, address, passport details. Fix two passport-sized photographs of them.
  • In the next section, answer questions related to health. State whether anyone in your application has Tuberculosis, any medical condition that requires special care, is pregnant, etc.
  • Mention whether you or anyone included in this application has been convicted of any offense, including any driving offense.
  • State whether you or anyone included in this application has ever been refused a visa to visit, work, study or reside in any country.
  • Mention whether you or someone included in your application has ever been a member of any terrorist organization.
  • State if you or someone included in this application, has had any previous involvement with a government, regime, or group that has advocated or committed war crimes, crimes against humanity, or has abused other human rights.
  • Sign the declaration form
  • The applicant’s immigration adviser must complete the next section. If the applicant does not have an immigration adviser, this section does not have to be completed.
  • The person who has assisted you by providing immigration advice, explaining, translating, or recording information on the form must fill in this section and sign. This section does not have to be completed if you do not have an immigration adviser, and no one helped you to fill in this form,
  • State the application fee you are paying, the currency, and the mode of payment.

Step 4: The applicant must then take the filled-out application form and go to the Visa Application Centre they have chosen in their application or the one nearest to their residence. Applicants must keep in mind that they must bring the required supporting documents and the center’s visa service fees.

Step 6: At the visa application centre, the applicant’s picture will be taken by the service centre personnel (for all applicants). A biometrical process will take the applicant’s fingerprints. All visa applicants must appear in person at the centre to have their fingerprints recorded, and their photograph was taken. Although this registration procedure only takes a few minutes, it identifies you with certainty as the only legal holder of the visa to prevent identity theft and fraud.

Step 7: After the staff check the integrity of the application and capture your application information in the system, you must pay the fees. Upon successful lodgement of your application, a receipt/acknowledgment would be provided to you. You will also receive an email to the authorized email- ID confirming receipt of the visa application.

Online Method

Step 1: Visit the URL https://www.realme.govt.nz/. Click on the ‘Get Verified’ link at the top. Create an account for the online registration.

Step 2: Type in your email ID, username, Contact details, password, security questions and answers, and a secret PIN. Then tick the confirmation box. You will receive a confirmation code via text message. You will then have access to the online application form.

Step 3: Fill in the application accurately as in step (3) of the offline method.

Step 4: Upload copies of all the required documents and pay for the visa using a credit card. This fee can only be produced using Visa™, MasterCard™, or UnionPay™ credit cards. Each paper you upload must be a single file in PDF form. Your photographs must be of JPG/JPEG form.

Step 5: After clicking ‘Submit,’ a screen to confirm that your application has been received will be shown. There may be a short period where your submitted application’s status is ‘Submitting.’ This means that the application is still being transferred to the online system for processing.

Step 6:Some applicants are required to provide their passports for visa processing after submission. If you need to provide passport, you will be informed after you submit your visa application. You must then take copies of your documents and passport to the nearest Visa Application Centre. You must pay the VAC service fee too.

Step 7: Your application will then be sent for assessment by an Immigration officer. You will be notified via email or text message when a decision is made on your application. Your eVisa will then be issued, or a physical label is placed on your passport.

New Zealand Visa Status tracking

If you submitted your application using the online submission method, visit the URL https://www.ttsnzvisa.com. There you will have to fill in the following details:

  • Receipt Number
  • Passport Number
  • Date of Birth
  • Captcha

Your passport processing status will be displayed on your screen. To know more about your visa status, call the number provided below.

For offline submissions, you can call the number +64 9 914 4100 for assistance. Ensure that you have your client number, application number, and passport number when you call. You can contact the number from 6:00 am Monday to midnight on Saturday (New Zealand local time).

On Arrival in New Zealand

When you arrive in New Zealand, you will need to apply for entry permission. You can do this by giving an immigration officer:

  • Completed arrival card will be given to you on your flight to New Zealand
  • Passport
  • Visa (if you have an eVisa, you can provide a print-out)
  • Your return travel ticket out of New Zealand to your home country

The procedure for requesting entry permission is usually simple. However, before granting you entry permission, immigration officers may ask you some additional questions. They will determine whether you are genuine. This means they’ll inquire about your reasons for visiting New Zealand and whether you plan to return at the end of your stay. It would be beneficial if you answered these questions honestly. If they are satisfied with your answers, you will be granted access. This decision is also based on whether you are sincere about your reasons for visiting New Zealand and how you intend to spend your time there.