By Mary Charie / 06/03/2019

[2019] NEW ZEALAND PASSPORT VISA FREE COUNTRIES:
Visa Requirements for new zealand citizens

New Zealanders or also known as the Kiwis are one of the funniest and outgoing travellers I've ever met on the road. They are very laid back, easy going, and very fun to travel with - not to mention how interesting their accent is.

This article about New Zealand passport visa free countries listed down all the information a Kiwi traveller needs to know. From visa-free, visa-on-arrival, evisa, and which countries require you to get one in advance. This post will also guide you in how to get visas online or what are the requirements for each.

You should also be able to find travel tips, packing tips, travel guides, and many other articles that will be useful for you travels everywhere in the world.

NEW ZEALAND PASSPORT VISA FREE COUNTRIES: Visa-Free, Visa-On-Arrival, & Visa Requirement

In this article, you will find the visa-free countries for New Zealand citizens, visa on arrival or evisa, and which countries require to apply for a visa before travelling.

All the information are divided based on each country's geographical location; continents and subcontinents. You may use the table of contents board to navigate faster.

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HOW MANY COUNTRIES A NEW ZEALAND CITIZENS CAN VISIT WITHOUT VISA

Citizens of New Zealand can enter and travel to more than 110 countries without obtaining a visa in advance while they can receive a visa on arrival to almost 50 countries. There are only 40 countries they need to apply for a visa beforehand.

HOW STRONG A NEW ZEALAND PASSPORT IN TERMS OF TRAVELLING

New Zealand passport is one of the strongest passports in the world in terms of travelling. They even have freedom of movement agreement with Australia while they can travel to Europe and North America for a long period of time. Plenty of South American countries also allow the Kiwis to enter without a visa. Applying for one is also not a problem most of the time. In fact, New Zealand passport is a few points stronger than Australia.

Probably, the only problem for Kiwi travellers is their distance to the rest of the world. Most flights are not cheap, it also takes some time to get out of New Zealand to reach a destination further than the East side of Australia.

VISA GUIDE FOR AFRICA

Although there are only 10+ countries in Africa that are offering visa-free access to New Zealand citizens, there are more than 20 countries where visitors can get a visa on arrival or online. With this, Africa is one of the best destinations for Kiwi to explore. If you are still in doubt, check out this article about the safe African countries to visit.

NEW ZEALAND PASSPORT VISA FREE COUNTRIES

Rwanda visa stamps | Photo Credit: nicolelabarge.com - use with permission 

Central Africa

VISA ON ARRIVAL/EVISA:

  • Angola - evisa for 30 days, must show an onward ticket and hotel reservation
  • Gabon - evisa, it must arrive via Libreville International Airport
  • Rwanda - evisa or visa on arrival for 30 days, can enter using a valid East Africa Tourist Visa issues by Kenya or Uganda
  • Sao Tome and Principe - 15 days

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Chad
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Republic of the Congo
  • South Sudan

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East Africa

VISA-FREE:

  • Mayotte - 90 days
  • Mauritius - 90 days - check this Mauritius travel guide
  • Reunion - 90 days
  • Seychelles - 90 days free of charge, can be extended up to 12 months

VISA ON ARRIVAL/EVISA:

  • Comoros
  • Djibouti - evisa for 31 days
  • Ethiopia - evisa or visa on arrival from 30 days for up to 90 days which must be obtained or arrive via Addis Ababa Bole International Airport - APPLY FOR AN EVISA HERE
  • Kenya - visa on arrival or evisa for 90 days, can enter with valid East African Tourist Visa from either Kenya or Uganda
  • Madagascar - visa on arrival for either 30, 60 or 90 days
  • Somalia - visa on arrival for 30 days, available at Berbera, Borama, Bosaso, Burao, Erigavo, Galciao, Hargeisa, and Mogadishu airports only
  • Tanzania - evisa or visa on arrival, the length depends on the port of entry, bring either US$50 or US$100 notes
  • Uganda - visa on arrival or evisa, must get online for US$50, you can also enter using East Africa Tourist Visa from Kenya or Rwanda
  • Zambia - visa on arrival or evisa, can apply for Universal Visa to use for Zambia and Zimbabwe - APPLY FOR AN EVISA HERE
  • Zimbabwe - evisa or visa on arrival, an apply for Universal Visa to use for Zimbabwe and Zambia

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Eritrea
NEW ZEALAND PASSPORT VISA FREE COUNTRIES - Egypt

Egypt visa stamp | Photo Credit: nicolelabarge.com - with permission to use

North Africa

VISA-FREE:

  • Morocco - 90 days
  • Tunisia - 90 days

VISA ON ARRIVAL/EVISA:

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Algeria
  • Libya
  • South Sudan
NEW ZEALAND PASSPORT VISA FREE COUNTRIES

Eswatini (Swaziland) and Lesotho stamps | Photo credit: nicolelabarge.com - with permission to use

South Africa

VISA-FREE:

  • Botswana - 90 days in one calendar year
  • Eswatini (Swaziland) - 30 days
  • Gambia - 90 days
  • Lesotho - 14 days
  • Namibia - 90 days in a calendar year
  • Senegal - 90 days

VISA ON ARRIVAL/EVISA:

  • Malawi - visa on arrival for 30 to 90 days
  • Mozambique - visa on arrival for 30 days

VISA REQUIRE​D:

  • South Africa

West Africa

VISA-FREE:

  • Gambia - 90 days

VISA ON ARRIVAL/EVISA:

  • Benin - evisa for 30 days to 90 days, single or mutliple entries, must show an international vaccination certificate
  • Burkina Faso - visa on arrival for 30 days
  • Cape Verde - visa on arrival
  • Cote d'Ivoire - evisa for 90 days, must enter via Port Bouet Airport - APPLY HERE - Ivory Coast visa application guide
  • Guinea-Bissau - evisa and visa on arrival for 90 days
  • Mauritania - visa on arrival on Nouakchott-Oumtounsy International Airport only
  • Togo - visa on arrival for 7 days and can be extended up to 90 days

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Liberia
  • Mali
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Sierra Leone 

Most of these countries actually offered pre-approves visa when you land

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VISA GUIDE FOR ASIA

Asia is undeniably one of the top destinations in the world. Its beautiful beaches, charmingly chaotic cities, mouthwatering food, and warm people - Asia is surely on many travellers from New Zealand's bucket list.

The visa deals from a lot of Asian countries let a New Zealand passport holder enter without a visa but also many of them are flexible when it comes to extending a visa for a small fee. Asia, especially Southeast is not too far for a Kiwi to fly to. Some flights are only eight (8) hours while other are between 12-15 hours. Affordable flights are also available.

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NEW ZEALAND PASSPORT VISA FREE COUNTRIES - Japan

Japan visa stamp | Photo credit: worldtripdiaries.com - with permission to use

East Asia

VISA-FREE:

  • Hong Kong - 90 days
  • Japan - 180 days
  • Macau - 90 days
  • South Korea - 90 days
  • Taiwan - 90 days

VISA REQUIRED:

  • China
  • North Korea - special permit is required and must be with an approved tour agency only
  • Mongolia

Central Asia

NEW ZEALAND PASSPORT VISA FREE COUNTRIES

Uzbekistan visa stamp | Photo credit: travelsofabookpacker.com - with permission to use

VISA-FREE:

  • Kazakhstan - 30 days
  • Kyrgyzstan - 60 days
  • Uzbekistan - 30 days

VISA ON ARRIVAL/EVISA:

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Turkmenistan - required a visa, but visa-free for transit at Ashgabat Airport

South Asia

VISA-FREE:

  • Maldives - 30 days and can be extended up to 90 days

VISA ON ARRIVAL/EVISA:

  • Bangladesh - visa on arrival for 30 days
  • India - evisa for 60 days, evisa can only be used twice in a calendar year and must be used via 26 international airports or 3 seaports - check this Indian visa online guide or get your evisa now
  • Nepal - visa on arrival for a fee
  • Sri Lanka - evisa/visa on arrival witt ETA for 30 days - APPLY FOR AN EVISA

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Afghanistan - visa-free entry if born in Afghanistan, born to Afghan parents or with parents born in Afghanistan 
  • Bhutan - visas must be processed via the Embassy, Consulate, or approved tour operators only
  • Pakistan
NEW ZEALAND PASSPORT VISA FREE COUNTRIES

Brunei visa stamp | Photo credit: travelsofabookpacker.com - with permission to use

Southeast Asia

VISA-FREE:

VISA ON ARRIVAL / EVISA:

  • Cambodia evisa/visa on arrival for 30 days, can be extended for another 30 days - find more details on Cambodia visa guide
  • Laos - visa on arrival for 30 days, $40 fee - airport, land, sea
  • Myanmar - evisa for 28 days, must enter through a specific point depending on what you place on your application - APPLY FOR AN EVISA - here is my Myanmar visa guide
  • Timor-Leste - visa on arrival for 30 days via Dili Seaport or Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport
  • Vietnam - evisa for 30 days or longer - check your visa options
NEW ZEALAND PASSPORT VISA FREE COUNTRIES

Armenia visa stamp | Photo credit: travelsofabookpacker.com - with permission to use

West/Middle East

VISA-FREE:

VISA ON ARRIVAL / EVISA:

  • Azerbaijan - evisa for 30 days - get your evisa
  • Bahrain - visa on arrival for 90 days, evisa for 14 days can be extended once
  • Iran - visa on arrival for 30 days which can be extended, must land in the major international airports
  • Iraq - visa on arrival for 30 days at Erbil and Sulaymaniyah Airport or Sulaimaniyah International Airport
  • Jordan - visa on arrival for 60 days
  • Kuwait - evisa/visa on arrival for 90 days - read about Kuwait evisa or check the prices
  • Lebanon - visa on arrival for 30 days, can be extended for two additional months for free at Beirut International Airport
  • Oman - evisa for 30 days - apply for an evisa
  • United Arab Emirate - visa on arrival for 30 days for free and you can extend later - remember to spend summer in Dubai

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Saudi Arabia
  • Syria
  • Yemen
NEW ZEALAND PASSPORT VISA FREE COUNTRIES - UAE

United Arab Emirates visa stamp | Photo credit: worldtripdiaries.com - with permission to use

VISA GUIDE FOR EUROPE

Let's divide Europe into two categories, the European Member and the not member. The EU members let New Zealand citizens have freedom of movement, meaning you can come and go to travel around these countries anytime.

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European Union Member

Austria

Hungary

Malta

Slovakia

Belgium

Estonia

Ireland

Netherlands

Spain

Bulgaria

Finland

Poland

Sweden

Croatia

France

Portugal

Norway

Cyprus

Germany

Romania

Czechia

Greece

Luxembourg

Slovenia


Non-European Union Member

These countries in Europe give different visa policies for New Zealand travellers, find out below how long can you stay and travel and which one requires a visa.

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VISA-FREE:

  • Albania - 90 days
  • Andorra
  • Belarus - 30 days, must arrive in Minsk International Airport and should be registered at the police if staying for more than 5 days
  • Iceland
  • Kosovo - 90 days within the the six-month period
  • Liechtenstein
  • Macedonia - 90 days
  • Moldova - 90 days in 180-day period
  • Monaco - Schengen visa policy is adapted (90 days)
  • Montenegro - 90 days
  • San Marino
  • Serbia - 90 days
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom - 6 months visa-free
  • Vatican City

EVISA:

  • Ukraine - evisa for 30 days for US$85 - APPLY HERE

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Russia - you need an invitation letter from a person in Russia or a travel agency if you are applying for a visa, you can get it online too

VISA GUIDE FOR AMERICA

The countries in America are probably a long way from New Zealand, but it's definitely worth a trip. Countries in North America welcome Kiwi travellers any time with great visa-free access while the Caribbean and South America are with all easy visa rules.

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Central America/Caribbean

VISA-FREE:

  • Aruba - 30 days can be extended up to 180 days
  • Antigua and Barbuda - 180 days
  • Bahamas - 21 days, can be extended up to 8 months
  • Barbados - 180 days
  • Belize - 30 days
  • Bermuda - 180 days
  • Cayman Islands - 180 days
  • Costa Rica - 90 days
  • Curacao - 90 days
  • Dominica - 180 days
  • Dominican Republic - 30 days
  • El Salvador - 90 days
  • Guatemala - 90 days
  • Grenada - 180 days
  • Haiti - 90 days for $10 fee
  • Honduras - 90 days
  • Jamaica - 180 days
  • Nicaragua - 90 days
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis - 90 days
  • Saint Lucia - 6 weeks
  • Turks and Caicos - 90 days
  • Panama - 180 days

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Cuba - Tourist card 
NEW ZEALAND PASSPORT VISA FREE COUNTRIES

USA visa stamp | Photo credit: ouroverseasadventures.com - use with permission

North America

VISA-FREE:

  • Canada - 180 days, eTA is required if arriving by air
  • Greenland - Schengen visa rule is applied 
  • Mexico - 180 days but must have a tourist card - get yours
  • United States - 90 days, ESTA is required if arriving via air or sea, not required in Guam and Northern Mariania Islands

South America

VISA-FREE:

  • Argentina - 90 days
  • Bolivia - 90 days
  • Brazil - 90 days, can be extended for another 90 days - things to know before travelling to Brazil
  • Chile - 90 days, can be extended
  • Colombia - 90 days, can be extended for a total of 180-days in a calendar year, must show Yellow Fever Vaccine if coming from Brazil and Uganda
  • Ecuador - 90 days, can be extended
  • Guyana - 90 days
  • Peru - 183 days, but depends on the immigration officer, normally they give 90 days and you can extend for less than $2 in the immigration office in any major cities in Peru
  • Venezuela - 90 days
  • Uruguay - 90 days

VISA ON ARRIVAL / EVISA:

  • Paraguay - visa on arrival for US$140, must arrive at  Silvio Pettirossi International Airport 
  • Suriname - tourist card on arrival for 90 days

VISA GUIDE FOR OCEANIA

Oceania is a great destination for New Zealand citizens, there is a great number of flights that will not take up the entire weekend plus the visas are easy and flexible.

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NEW ZEALAND PASSPORT VISA FREE COUNTRIES

Fiji visa stamp | Photo credit: ouroverseasadventures.com - with permission to use

VISA-FREE:

  • Australia - visa free, right of abode
  • Fiji - 120 days
  • Kiribati - 30 days
  • Micronesia - 30 days
  • Palau - 30 days
  • Samoa - 60 days
  • Solomon Islands - 90 days
  • Tonga - 31 days
  • Vanuatu - 30 days

VISA ON ARRIVAL / EVISA:

  • Marshall Islands - visa on arrival for 90 days
  • Papua New Guinea - evisa or free visa on arrival for 60 days
  • Tuvalu - visa on arrival

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Nauru

I hope you find this article about visa-free countries for New Zealand passport holders useful. When planning your next trip, make sure to check out the visa rules to avoid any hassles.

If you have any questions or if you think I've made a mistake, let me know in the comment section below to keep this updated.

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Mary Charie

She's the person behind this blog, she has been travelling since 2013. Torn between her itchy feet and writing, Mary found herself soaking up in the world of travel blogging. She travels on her own terms and tries to build her own world whilst pushing herself into every corner of life, breaking limit beyond her capabilities.

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