New Zealand Visa Guide for Indians

11,963 kilometres from India is a gorgeous island country. The Māoris call it Aotearoa – the land of the long white cloud. For more practical purposes though, we’ll refer to it by its more commonly known name – New Zealand. This is a land as poetic as its Māori name, and as fresh as its global name. The landscapes, nature and scenery here are breath-taking; think of those sweeping shots in Lord of the Rings and you’ll know what we mean. It’s got the right combination of modern and pretty global cities and enchanting, traditional Māori settlements. World-famous wineries, incredible adventure activities, diverse wildlife and a friendly population are just the icing on this very delicious cake. That’s why you must make New Zealand a priority on your holiday list and book a holiday with Thomas Cook, and a big step towards doing that is to learn as much as you can about the New Zealand Tourist Visa. So, shall we?

New Zealand Visas for Indians:

New Zealand’s visa policy allows for many nationalities to be eligible for an visa, and India is no different.  A tourist visa to New Zealand will allow travellers to stay and explore the country for up to 3 months, and you can extend that to 9 months – under special circumstances. 

Other types of New Zealand Visas are for business, a transit visa (valid only for 96 hours), a work visa, a family visit visa (valid for 6 months), a marriage visitor visa and a visa for parents. 

To visit New Zealand, you can apply for a tourist visa. Here’s how you can apply for your New Zealand visa in four quick steps:

  • Get the quote for your visa
  • Make the payment via netbanking/credit/debit card
  • Submit your documents (either by uploading them online or visiting a Thomas Cook branch)
  • Get your visa

We will be right with you every step of the way. Our visa experts will guide you through the entire process, alerting you to any documents you may need to submit or details you may have missed. Our knowledge – gathered over a century of helping people travel – will ensure that your e-visa process is as smooth as possible. . 

Your first step is to visit the New Zealand Visa Application page and fill in these details to start the process:

  • Your name 
  • Visa type
  • Contact number
  • Email ID

Once you pay for the visa and submit your documents (refer to the two steps above), you will receive the visa in three to four weeks. The average processing time for a New Zealand tourist visa is between 20 to 35 days. 

Here is a list of documents you need to submit for your New Zealand visa application:

  • Original passport (as well as old passports, if any)
  • 2 recent passport sized photos (white background, matte finish, 35mm x 45mm) 
  • Cover letter mentioning details of travel, your details as a traveller, purpose of visit, duration of trip (the letter must be signed, stamped and addressed to Immigration New Zealand, Delhi)
  • Original bank statements with transactions of the last 6 months, attested and signed by a bank official
  • Income Tax Returns of the last 3 years
  • Your tickets and trip itinerary

Additional documents: If employed

  1. Salary slips for the last 3 months
  2. Letter of leave from employer

Additional documents: Business owners/ Self-employed

  1. Certificate of registration of the business/ Certificate of Incorporation
  2. Cover letter on official company letter head and financial documents

Additional documents for honeymooners:

  1. NOC letter from parents
  2. Original wedding card

If you’re still unclear about which documents you need to send, you can reach out to one of our visa experts for guidance. They’ll answer all your questions and determine whether you have all the documents required to apply for the visa. Keeping all the necessary documents handy before application will help increase your chances of getting your New Zealand tourist visa.

Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Although the processing time is between 20-35 days after you submit the documents, the approval time is in the hands of the consulate, so be sure to gather your documents and apply well in advance to avoid any last-minute panic
  • Make sure your documents are attested, notarized and certified and the scanned copies are done in colour

Some Frequently Asked Questions 

1. What is difference between e-visa and a traditional visa?

The traditional visa is stamped on your passport, so you’ll need to be physically present to have your visa processed. You’ll also need to fill out all the paperwork, and then hand deliver the relevant documents to the embassy – all of which can take a significant chunk of time. The e-visa is processed online and linked to your passport number. All the paperwork and document submission processes are online – saving a lot of your time and energy.

2. If my travel plans change after getting my visa, can I alter the dates or details?

You cannot change or alter the visa once it is issued. You will need to reapply for a new visa.

3. Am I entitled to refund if I don’t use my visa?

No, you cannot apply for a refund if you do not use the visa.

4. I’m travelling with family; do all of them require a visa?

Yes, every member of the family, or every individual travelling with you must have an e-visa.

5. What are some of the mistakes to avoid during the visa process?

Make sure you do not:

  • Select the wrong visa type
  • Enter any erroneous information (check the details on your application after you’ve filled it out, or else you’ll have to fill out a new application and submit it)
  • Miss out on any documentation (consult the list or talk to Thomas Cook’s visa experts)
  • Fill out the application late (always apply in advance)
  • Submit the form when your passport has less than 6 months validity (if your passport has expired, your application will be rejected immediately)

6. What if I do not receive my visa within the stipulated time?

If you haven’t received your visa within the given time, contact us on our website or visit the nearest Thomas Cook branch to track your application. We offer real time updates, by communicating with embassies on your behalf. Therefore, we’ll be able to inform you of your visa status.

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