New Zealand High Commission London, United Kingdom

UK Visas

Visas for the United Kingdom

The UK Border Agency is responsible for UK Immigration and visas.  The UK Border Agency's visa services website provides details on whether you need a visa to come to the United Kingdom, and if so, information on how to apply

It is your responsibility to ensure that you comply with entry requirements for the United Kingdom.  Failure to meet these requirements could result in you being refused entry and returned to New Zealand or your last point of embarkation. 

The High Commission cannot interfere in this decision.  We have no authority or ability to influence the decisions made by the UK Border Agency.  For information on what the High Commission can and can not do for New Zealand citizens overseas, visit our website on Safetravel.

New Zealand passport holders may enter the UK for six (6) months without a visa on a visa waiver.  You may need to satisfy a Border Force officer that you meet the requirements of your visitor category.

To live, study and work in the UK you must obtain the necessary visa before you arrive in the country. These visas can only be applied for from your country of residence;  this will likely be New Zealand for most New Zealanders.   Please refer to the UK Border Agency for details.

Although New Zealander's generally do not need a visa before entering the UK for a holiday, depending on your personal circumstances, you may want to obtain one before you travel. For example, if you have a criminal record or you have previously been refused permission to enter the UK. And you will need a visa if you want to come here in some categories of visitor, such as a visitor for marriage or civil partnership.  In this instance please see the link Marrying in the UK.  

For further information within New Zealand, you can contact the British High Commission in Wellington

Extending a Visa

The UK Border Agency also provides information on how to extend your visa.

The UK Border Agency has seven public enquiry offices, which may be able to assist New Zealanders who are making straightforward applications to extend their stay or settle in the United Kingdom. Please note not all public enquiry offices can process all types of applications.

If your passport is with the UK Border Agency as part of a visa application, we recommend that you do not plan any travel until your passport is returned.

Visas applications are a matter between yourself and UK authorities. The New Zealand High Commission is not able to intercede or make representation on your behalf.

Transferring your visa to a new passport

If the passport containing your visa has expired, you will need to contact the UK Border Agency to arrange for the visa to be transferred to your new passport.

The New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs Passports Office in London has no authority or ability to transfer any UK visa or permit from your old New Zealand passport to a new one.

Visa advice for other countries

The New Zealand High Commission is not able to advise you of the visa requirements for other countries.

You should contact the embassy of the country you wish to travel to in order to confirm whether a visa is required.  The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office website has a list of foreign embassies based in the United Kingdom.  

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