Preparing to travel to New Zealand


The New Zealand Government has announced borders are open for international travel. 

Visas / NZeTA

If you are a citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand, you still need to apply for a NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority). Visit NZeTA Immigration for more information and the link to the online application form. 

If you are a citizen of a country which is not part of the visa waiver agreement with New Zealand, you will need to apply for a visa before you travel. Please ensure you make your application at least 12 weeks prior to your date of travel. Immigration New Zealand does not have visa processing services in some countries, so it is faster and more efficient to complete an online application if possible.

Visa application forms are on the Immigration New Zealand website
Select: Visit -> Other -> Visitor Visa and then follow the prompts.

You must have a passport which is valid for at least 3 months beyond their intended stay in New Zealand. 

You are responsible for arranging your own appropriate visa and costs. The Symposium takes no responsibility for the application process or outcomes of an individual’s application.

Transit visa for Australia

If your travel itinerary includes a transit stop in Australia you may need an Australian Transit Visa. Details about this and how to apply can be found at the Australia Immigration website. Failure to obtain this visa in advance of your travel may result in you being unable to board your aircraft. Please check requirements here.


Please check here for the latest information from the New Zealand Government.

On your arrival

Procedures for arrival into New Zealand are described here.

New Zealand has a national biosecurity system that is considered one of the most robust in the world. Please note that all food and plant and animal material (such as feathers, skins, bone or biological samples) must be declared on arrival and will be checked by officials. This is to ensure that New Zealand is kept free of dangerous pests and diseases that could jeopardise our important horticultural and agricultural industries, which play a significant part in our national economy.

Please ensure shoes which have been worn on farms in your home country are thoroughly cleaned. All dirt, grass and other matter must be removed from the bottom (especially the grooves in the soles of the shoes) and sides of the shoes. To avoid delays upon arrival in New Zealand, please place your shoes in a plastic bag in an easily accessible place in your luggage in case Customs do wish to inspect them.

When returning to your own country you may be required to declare any visits to farms while you have been in New Zealand. Please ensure your shoes have once again been thoroughly cleaned and placed in a plastic bag in an easily accessible place in your luggage.

More information is available here.


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