Entry & Exit Requirements
U.S. and Canadian citizens must have a valid passport to enter New Zealand. Passports must be valid for at least three months after the date of entry.
A visa is not required for visits up to 90 days.
If you are not traveling with a U.S. passport, please check with the New Zealand Embassy for the requirements based on your nationality.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends that all travelers be up to date on routine vaccinations such as measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine, varicella (chicken pox) vaccine, and your yearly flu shot before every trip.
There are no vaccinations required for entry into New Zealand.
Some physicians recommend that travelers get hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccines before visiting New Zealand.
Please consult your physician for additional information and recommendations based on your individual circumstances.
In wetter areas, particularly in Fiordland, sand flies can be pests, but are effectively controlled by use of an insect repellent.
Giardia is a water-borne parasite that causes diarrhea. To avoid contracting it, it is best not to drink water from lakes, ponds or rivers without first boiling, chemically treating or filtering it.
New Zealand's clear, unpolluted atmosphere and relatively low latitudes produce sunlight stronger than much of Europe or North America. The effects of the sun can be damaging to the eyes and skin. Spending time outdoors exposes you to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, even on cloudy days. To protect yourself from the sun, use a broad spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 15, protect skin with clothing, wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, and drink plenty of fluids.