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Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has recently announced changes to entry visa requirements for South Africa, Mauritius and the Seychelles passport holders. The new policies took effect on November 21, 2016.

South African passport holders

Currently, South African passport holders can enter New Zealand and are granted a visitor visa on arrival. The New Zealand Government initiated the change of policy due to an increased number of refused entries, who failed to meet the immigration entry requirements. As a result, all South African passport holders will need to obtain a visa before traveling to New Zealand from November 21, 2016.

Mauritius and the Seychelles passport holders

To create more opportunities in relation to tourism and business between New Zealand and Mauritius/the Seychelles, INZ will grant Mauritius and Seychelles passport holders an automatic visa upon entry (subject to them meeting standard conditions). This means that travelers from these two countries are no longer required to apply for a visa before entering New Zealand and can enjoy a visa-free period of up to three months for each stay. This change also took effect on November 21, 2016.

Points to note:

Passport holders of South Africa, Mauritius and the Seychelles should note the change of visa requirements, especially for those with travel bookings confirmed. Those with a confirmed arrival in New Zealand after November 21, 2016, should visit this website for more information:

  1. For travelers who require a visitor visa, we recommend applying for the visa at least six weeks prior to the intended travel date.
  2. Travelers under the visa waiver program are still required to provide return travel tickets or evidence of onwards travel arrangements, as well as evidence that they have sufficient funds available to support their stay in New Zealand.

This summary was prepared using information obtained from Immigration New Zealand

Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Debra Beynon, Regional Immigration Manager, APAC:

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