New Zealand Embassy Washington, United States of America


Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is the government agency responsible for establishing New Zealand immigration policies.

In general, you will need a visa if you wish to:

The Immigration New Zealand website provides comprehensive information in English about visa requirements when coming to New Zealand including information on:

Visa instructions for persons applying from US, Canada, Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.

As New Zealand has Visa Waiver Agreements with the US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. Passport holders from these countries:

  • with return air tickets, or holding a valid onwards ticket to a country the traveller has a right to enter
  • who has a passport valid for three months beyond the date they are leaving NZ
  • who has proof of sufficient funds for the duration of the visit, and
  • is only wishing to visit for the time granted on arrival

may visit New Zealand as a tourist for up to three months without a visa. (If the intention is to stay longer, you should apply for a visitor's visa).

For a list of additional countries that participate in the Visa Waiver Agreement, please visit:

US and Mexico citizens travelling on valid "regular" passports do not have to pay visa fees for visitor, work, or student visas.

All applicants are required to pay VAC fees of US$38 per application.

If, after reading the information on these sites, you require further information on visas, please contact:

Applicants from the following states - Los Angeles : Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming should contact :

Visa Acceptance Centre (VAC) Santa Monica, California

Suite N2075, 1620 26th Street
Santa Monica
California 90404
Telephone: 855 844 2835 (toll free), 310 496 7436.
Facsimile: 310 496 7437


All other applicants from North, Central and South America and the Caribbean should contact:

Visa Application Centre (VAC) Washington DC

Address:  1120 19th Street  NW, Suite No. 415
Washington DC 20036
Phone:  1 202 223 3400
Fax:  1 202 223 3900
Office hours: Monday to Friday 9.00am to 4.00pm


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