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Visa Changes for South African Nationals

I hope you are keeping well. Please note this important announcement from the New Zealand Immigration office. “Visa changes for South African nationals”.

Essentially, from the 21 November this year all South African nationals will need to apply for a visitor visa to travel to New Zealand.

Please Note:

  1.  On and after the 21 November all South African nationals will need to obtain a visa before travelling to New Zealand
  2. Genuine visitors are welcome to come to New Zealand
  3. It is recommended that applicants apply for a visitor visa about six weeks in advance of their intended travel date
  4. How to apply for a Visitor Visa
  5. More information can be found here

Visa Changes for South African Nationals

All South African visitors to New Zealand will require visitor visas from the 21 November this year. These changes are being made as a result of an increase in the number of South African nationals who have been refused entry at the New Zealand border in comparison to other visa waiver countries.

Currently, people from South Africa do not need to apply for a visitor visa before travelling to New Zealand, with genuine visitors being granted a visitor visa on arrival. As a result of the change all visitors from South Africa will need to obtain a visa before travelling to New Zealand.

We are committed to creating an immigration system that actively welcomes and encourages legitimate visitors to New Zealand, but at the same time is able to prevent those who do not meet immigration requirements.

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) General Manager Peter Elms says, “We are committed to creating an immigration system that actively welcomes and encourages legitimate visitors to New Zealand, but at the same time is able to prevent those who do not meet immigration requirements.”

“These changes bring New Zealand into line with countries such as Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. People who have booked tickets prior to today’s announcement for travel on or after the 21 November should visit the Immigration website to find out how to apply for their visa.” INZ recommends that applicants apply for a visitor visa about six weeks in advance of their intended travel dates.

We have compiled some common question and answers that may help you. For more information, please follow this link.

 

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