New Zealand immigration increase the visa fees from 21st November2016

The immigration New Zealand announced that,the fees for paper applications for visitor visas and for group visitor visas will increase on 21 November 2016.

The increase in fee applicable only on   paper-based visitor visa applications, which will cost NZ$149 for visitors from the Pacific or NZ$184 (165 NZ$ existing fee) for visitors from other parts of the world. The current visit visa fee for NZ  in India is 8100 INR which will be increase to 8800 INR from 21st November 2016. However the exact amount of  new visit visa fee in  INDIAN Rupees  will be published before 20th November. Group and Approved Destination Status (ADS) group applications will also increase to NZ$95 for group visitor applicants and NZ$60 for ADS group applicants. These new prices include the immigration levy.  People applying for visitor visas online will continue to pay the lower fee of either NZ$130 for visitors from the Pacific, or NZ$165 for visitors from elsewhere.

These fee increases were first signaled a year ago, but delayed to allow affected groups time to adjust.Fees for online applications for visitor visas will remain the same.

Visa waiver country list expanded

From the 21 November this year nationals of Mauritius and the Seychelles will no longer need a visitor visa to travel to New Zealand for up to three months at a time.

see full list of visa waiver countries

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) General Manager, Peter Elms says, “This visa waiver will make it easier for Mauritius and Seychelles nationals to visit New Zealand.

This agreement recognises the growing relationship New Zealand has with the two countries and will create tourism and business opportunities.”

With this visa people can holiday and sight see, visit family and friends and enjoy New Zealand as a visitor without the need to apply for a visa.

Health and character requirements still apply to all non-New Zealand visitors and people from visa waiver countries are still required to provide travel tickets or evidence of on wards travel arrangements and evidence of funds to support themselves while in New Zealand.