Foreigners wishing to enter New Zealand should possess valid passports and valid entry visas, if required. Any visitor from a country that has no diplomatic relations or no special visa exemption with New Zealand should obtain an entry visa before coming to New Zealand. If you are uncertain as to the requirements for entry visas to the New Zealand, please contact the New Zealand Embassy or the consulate nearest to you as soon as possible.

Visa exemption

Nationals of countries or regions allowed for visa-free entry into New Zealand as a visitor as long as they present a valid passport.

Indefinitely: Australia (both Australian citizens and permanent residents)

For up to 6 months: United Kingdom (British citizens and other British passport holders who produce evidence of the right to reside permanently in the UK)

For up to 3 months: All European Union member states, Andorra, Argentina, Bahrain, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong SAR (including British National (Overseas) passports), Iceland, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Norway, Oman, Qatar, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South New Zealand, Switzerland, Taiwan, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, United States and Vatican City

For more information, check the list of Visa Free Countries. All these visa waivers, including the one for Australians, can be refused. In particular, potential visitors with criminal records or who have been refused entry to or deported from any country should check with Immigration New Zealand if they need to apply for a visa.

Visitors from countries not in the visa-free list or those wishing to stay longer than the maximum visa-free period for their nationality will need to apply for an appropriate visa. Check the Immigration New Zealand  web page for details.

Invitation Letter

The secretariat will send official invitation letters upon request. Such an invitation is intended to help potential attendees raise funds or obtain visas. It is not a commitment on the part of the organizers to provide any financial support.

If you need an individual invitation, please feel free to contact us.