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VISA STATUS CHANGES FOR SOUTH AFRICANS
« on: October 03, 2016, 01:16:25 am »
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VISA STATUS CHANGES for South Africa, Mauritius and the Seychelles
October 2016
Visa change for South African passport holders
From the 21st November 2016 the New Zealand Government is set to introduce visitor visa requirements for all South African passport holders wishing to visit New Zealand.
Currently, people from South Africa do not need to apply for a visa before travelling to New Zealand, with genuine visitors being granted a visitor visa on arrival.
This means that from November ALL South African passport holders will need to obtain a visa before travelling to New Zealand.
The Government is introducing these changes as a result of an increase in the number of ineligible passengers who do not meet New Zealand entry instructions.
While Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has been very successful in managing these risks to date, this has been a resource intensive process and the decision has been made to suspend the visa waiver status from South Africa, reinstating visitor visa requirements.
INZ recognises the longstanding relationship that we have with South Africa and welcomes and encourages legitimate visitors from South Africa to New Zealand.
The cost of a visitor visa online is $165.00 (NZ). Immigration New Zealand (INZ) considers every visa application on its individual merits before making a decision.
More information can be found on the Immigration New Zealand website.
Visa waiver for Mauritius and the Seychelles passport holders
From 21 November 2016 passport holders from Mauritius and the Seychelles will no longer need a visitor visa to travel to New Zealand for up to three months at a time.
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 sightsee, 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 onwards travel arrangements and evidence of funds to support themselves while in New Zealand.
More information can be found on the Immigration New Zealand website.