Expedited Visa for
New Zealand

When you need to get your visa for New Zealand processed quickly, Travel Document Systems is here to help. All of the requirements and application forms, plus convenient online ordering.

Also responsible for handling travel visas for Cook Islands, Niue, and Tokeleu

Get a Tourist Visa for New Zealand

New Zealand issues Tourist visas for:
  • Tourist Travel

New Zealand Tourist Visa for US Passport Holders Not Required

When you are travelling to New Zealand with a U.S. Passport, a Tourist Visa is not required.

No visa required for a stay of up to 3 Months

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New Zealand Tourist Visa for Non-US Passport Holders Required

When you are travelling to New Zealand with a Non-US Passport, a Tourist Visa is required.

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Get a Business Visa for New Zealand

New Zealand issues Business visas for:
  • Business Travel

New Zealand Business Visa for US Passport Holders Not Required

When you are travelling to New Zealand with a U.S. Passport, a Business Visa is not required.

No visa required for a stay of up to 3 Months

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New Zealand Business Visa for Non-US Passport Holders Required

When you are travelling to New Zealand with a Non-US Passport, a Business Visa is required.

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Get a Diplomatic Visa for New Zealand

New Zealand issues Diplomatic visas for:
  • Official and Diplomatic Government Travel

New Zealand Diplomatic Visa for US Passport Holders Not Required

When you are travelling to New Zealand with a U.S. Passport, a Diplomatic Visa is not required.

No visa required for a stay of up to 3 Months

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New Zealand Diplomatic Visa for Non-US Passport Holders Required

When you are travelling to New Zealand with a Non-US Passport, a Diplomatic Visa is required.

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Travel Information

Get the most up-to-date information for New Zealand related to embassy and consulate addresses, foreign relations information, travel advisories, entry and exit restrictions, and travel tips from the US State Department's website.

Vaccinations

No vaccinations required.

While no vaccinations may be required to enter the country, you should still check with the CDC on their recommended vaccinations for travel to New Zealand

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About New Zealand

Read about the people, history, government, economy and geography of New Zealand at the CIA's World FactBook.

A Brief History of New Zealand

Archaeological evidence indicates that New Zealand was populated by fishing and hunting people of East Polynesian ancestry perhaps 1,000 years before Europeans arrived. Known to some scholars as the Moa-hunters, they may have merged with later waves of Polynesians who, according to Maori tradition, arrived between 952 and 1150. Some of the Maoris called their new homeland "Aotearoa," usually translated as "land of the long white cloud."

In 1642, Abel Tasman, a Dutch navigator, made the first recorded European sighting of New Zealand and sketched sections of the two main islands' west coasts. English Captain James Cook thoroughly explored the coastline during three South Pacific voyages beginning in 1769. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, lumbering, seal hunting, and whaling attracted a few European settlers to New Zealand. In 1840, the United Kingdom established British sovereignty through the Treaty of Waitangi signed that year with Maori chiefs.

In the same year, selected groups from the United Kingdom began the colonization process. Expanding European settlement led to conflict with Maori, most notably in the Maori land wars of the 1860s. British and colonial forces eventually overcame determined Maori resistance. During this period, many Maori died from disease and warfare, much of it intertribal.

Constitutional government began to develop in the 1850s. In 1867, the Maori won the right to a certain number of reserved seats in parliament. During this period, the livestock industry began to expand, and the foundations of New Zealand's modern economy took shape. By the end of the 19th century, improved transportation facilities made possible a great overseas trade in wool, meat, and dairy products.

By the 1890s, parliamentary government along democratic lines was well-established, and New Zealand's social institutions assumed their present form. Women received the right to vote in national elections in 1893. The turn of the century brought sweeping social reforms that built the foundation for New Zealand's version of the welfare state.

The Maori gradually recovered from population decline and, through interaction and intermarriage with settlers and missionaries, adopted much of European culture. In recent decades, Maori have become increasingly urbanized and have become more politically active and culturally assertive.

New Zealand was declared a dominion by a royal proclamation in 1907. It achieved full internal and external autonomy by the Statute of Westminster Adoption Act in 1947, although this merely formalized a situation that had existed for many years.

Learn more about New Zealand in our World Atlas

About Us

Travel Document Systems, Inc. (TDS) is a leading visa and passport processing agency. For over 30 years we have served travel professionals, tour operators, and cruise lines, as well as corporate and individual international travelers. TDS specializes in travel that involves visas for more than one country.