How many of the nearly 200 countries in the world are visa-free for New Zealand citizens? The good news is that the internationally recognised Henley Passport Index, which measures the “strength” of every nation’s passport, gives New Zealanders a really stunning score.
Kiwis can visit 111 countries visa-free. As such, the New Zealand passport is ranked at No. 6 in the world, alongside Belgium and Switzerland, and ahead of the USA, the UK and Australia.
This level of visa-free access means New Zealand citizens are frequently being welcomed in even more destinations. You can find the full list of visa-free countries for New Zealand passport holders below, plus information on how long you can remain in each country. This makes planning your travels as simple as possible.
Meanwhile, among the nations that still require visas for New Zealanders, an increasing number offer eVisas (Electronic Visas) or you can get Visas on Arrival (VoAs) at some ports of entry. We’ve researched all of this so you don’t have to.
Read on to find out where you can visit without a visa as a New Zealand citizen, and more!
- 1 Where’s on the List of New Zealand Passport Visa-Free Countries?
- 2 What About New Zealand Citizens Visiting Countries That Aren’t Visa-Free?
- 3 What Are the eVisa-Eligible Countries for New Zealand Passport Holders?
- 4 What Countries Can New Zealand Citizens Visit With a Visa on Arrival (VoA)?
- 5 Benefits of the New Zealand Passport for Eager Travellers
Where’s on the List of New Zealand Passport Visa-Free Countries?
First and foremost, an arrangement exists with Australia allowing most Kiwis to live, work and study indefinitely here. You will automatically be issued a special category visa 444 by the Australian government when you enter through.
In addition, there are 110 other visa-free countries where you get in without applying for a formal entry pass. Here is the full list of these destinations showing how long you can stay at each destination (in months, unless stated otherwise).
Eligible to Visit (in Months Unless Stated Otherwise)
|Antigua and Barbuda||6|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||3|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||3|
|Saint Lucia||6 weeks|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||1|
|United States of America||3|
Notably, although Kiwis are visa-free for these destinations, you’ll still require a passport that’s valid for at least 6 months to gain entry.
What About New Zealand Citizens Visiting Countries That Aren’t Visa-Free?
In almost 90 other countries, you still need to apply for a visa to get in. Some of these countries only issue visas face-to-face at embassies or consulates.
The good news, though, is that there is a growing list of countries that let New Zealanders enter without you needing to visit a diplomatic mission in person. Instead, you apply for either an e-Visa (Electronic Visa) online, or a Visa on Arrival (VoA) at the border when you get there. As follows, here are the lists of countries that offer eVisas and VoAs for Kiwi travellers.
What Are the eVisa-Eligible Countries for New Zealand Passport Holders?
An e-Visa, which is sometimes referred to as an ETA (Electronic Travel Authorisation), is always the easiest way to obtain a visa. You apply for and obtain an eVisa from any internet-connected device in advance of your trip, so it’s quicker and more secure than visiting your planned destination’s embassy in person.
Typically, you’ll have to provide both your personal details and some supporting documents, like a valid passport, to get an eVisa. As such, be sure to check the regulations of the country you’re visiting when you plan your journey. This can be challenging, so we at Byevisa are happy to help you, offer advice and even process your application on your behalf.
Kiwis can visit the following 31 destinations with an eVisa. Here is the full list of these countries, showing how long you can stay at each destination (listed in months, unless stated otherwise):
eVisa Country Eligible to Visit
In Months Unless Stated Otherwise
|Benin||8 or 30 days|
|Gabon||1, 3, or 6|
|Papua New Guinea||2|
|Sao Tome & Principe||1|
What Countries Can New Zealand Citizens Visit With a Visa on Arrival (VoA)?
A Visa on Arrival (VoA) is an entry permit that you apply for at the country’s border, usually when you get to passport control after your flight. You fill in the application form and you’re given entry there and then.
Usually, there is a fee, so be sure to have the right cash or credit/debit card with you. Fortunately, a small number of countries don’t charge for VoAs for New Zealanders, such as Lebanon, the Maldives, Palau, Seychelles, Tonga and the United Arab Emirates.
Kiwis can visit the following 27 destinations with this sort of travel pass. Here is the full list of these countries, showing how long you can stay at each destination (in months unless stated otherwise).
Visa on Arrival Countries Eligible to Visit
In Months Unless Stated Otherwise
|Trinidad and Tobago||1|
|United Arab Emirates||1|
Benefits of the New Zealand Passport for Eager Travellers
As you can see, the power of the New Zealand passport is considerable. Kiwis can visit dozens of destinations visa-free, while many other countries ask for just a straightforward eVisa or a Visa on Arrival.
Europe and North America are popular destinations for Kiwis, although you can head to less explored destinations with a mighty New Zealand passport too. After all, Asia is more than Thailand or India, and Africa is bigger than Egypt or Kenya.
Of course, Kiwis know that their own country is one of the most special in the world. At the same time, it’s easy to enjoy visa-free international travel to some of the most stimulating places in the world with the powerful New Zealand passport. Get travelling!