The process of applying for a visa can take several months, so you are highly encouraged to begin the process as early as possible if you determine that you need a visa to attend the 2017 World Forum in New Zealand.

People from certain countries do not need to apply for a visa before traveling to New Zealand. On arrival in New Zealand, they will be asked to provide travel tickets or evidence of onward travel arrangements, and evidence of funds for maintenance.

If a person is visiting New Zealand for three months or less and is from a visa-waiver country, this person will not need to apply for a visitor visa before arriving in New Zealand.

Individuals from non-visa waiver countries need to apply for a visa to travel to New Zealand.

How to Secure a Visa for New Zealand

1.  If you are from a country with a visa waiver (see list above list) you do not need to apply for a visa, but when you arrive in NZ you should be prepared to show your letter of invitation to the World Forum, or your registration confirmation  to the customs official.

2.  If you are not from a waiver country, you can either apply at a NZ Embassy in your country or apply online.

3.  When you apply online there is a point in the application when you are asked to select among three options – something like: 1.  I am funding myself;  2. I am sponsored; 3. My trip is being funded by my employer or another third party.  Do NOT check sponsored!  If you are funding yourself check choice number one – self funding.  If your company or another third party is paying your costs in part or in full, check option 3 and explain how you are being funded.

4. If you encounter any challenges, please notify us at [email protected].

For more information, please visit the Immigration New Zealand Website.

Note that it is the responsibility of the individual participants to obtain any visa or transit papers needed to participate in the 2017 World Forum. All fees incurred in obtaining a visa are the responsibility of the participant.