New Zealand is a great destination whether you want to spend a few weeks on vacation or your plan is to stay a few months to improve your English. Volcanoes, exuberant nature and wonderful people are what awaits you in Maori territory if you dare to take the leap.
If you already know that your next stop will be in New Zealand, today we want to offer you the main recommendations, things to keep in mind and information of interest for your trip to Kiwi lands.
Here is everything you should keep in mind to travel to New Zealand ! Take note!
The Visa in New Zealand
Unlike Australia, a visa is not always required to enter New Zealand.
Depending on your passport you will have to obtain a visa itself or an NZeTA . Check if your country is on the list of nationalities that can qualify for this permit.
Beginning last October, the New Zealand government launched the NZeTA to facilitate obtaining authorization to visit the country for tourism and transit purposes .
This authorization can be easily obtained on this website by following 3 simple steps.
The NZeTA for New Zealand grants the holder the possibility of making multiple entries into the country during its 2-year validity. NZeTA holders can generally stay in the country for stays of up to 90 days from their arrival date in New Zealand.
Remember that your passport must be valid for at least three months before leaving or entering the country.
In addition to requesting and paying for the NZeTA, some of the travelers will also have to pay a fee that will be the way in which the travelers contribute to the maintenance costs of the tourist infrastructures and to the protection of the environment that they will enjoy during their trip. We are talking about the IVL rate (Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy).
For any visa you are going to apply for, they will ask you to justify financial solvency. We recommend that you collect at least NZ $ 1,000 for each month of stay that you want to be in the country without a source of income. Obviously, if your visa allows you to work, you will not need to go with so much money saved, but it is better to go with some economic reserves.
The most common visas, such as the student or the working holiday visa will allow you to work, so you will not have problems to refill the piggy bank quickly.
It may seem obvious that the passport is an essential document for any long distance trip. Indeed! It is! What can go much more unnoticed is to check the expiration date of it. Take this detail into account! In many countries they can even deny you entry if it is less than 6 months old!
Our recommendation is that you renew it just before starting the trip . In this way, you can enjoy your stay without paying the least attention to the red tape of the renovation.
If you decide to go to New Zealand with a student visa – one of the most common options among our students – you will do so thanks to a course. There are a thousand and one courses to choose from, but don’t worry, if you tell us your preferences, we will find the best course for you. (Button send us a signal)
If your intention is to learn or improve your English in New Zealand, you have many options to choose from: general English, academic English or the preparation of official exams are some of the options available.
If you already have English more than mastered , there is the possibility of doing other courses: professional training, masters or postgraduate courses are alternatives that you can consider. The variety of fields of study is endless, so the best thing to do is ask. We hear you!
One of the main things to keep in mind when planning and formalizing your trip is the contracting of medical insurance. You should know that it is an essential requirement for you to be granted a visa.
Another important fact is that your health insurance coverage should last as long as you stay in the country.
We know that it is a pain to have to go comparing prices and benefits, so do not worry too much about this type of procedure, we will do the heaviest work for you!
If you need any other recommendation or we have not skipped any advice that you consider important, we listen to you! Send us an email and tell us what you need to know to start your life in New Zealand on the right foot.