12th World Symposium on Choral Music

Travelling to Auckland

Travel Information

Travelling to New Zealand is easy. For practical information and general travel advice before you leave, read this handy Travel Guide.

Scroll down to see what’s required for the different categories of visitor to New Zealand.

And if you need more help to assist you in planning your travel to New Zealand, we have compiled a detailed Travel Advisory, including more detailed information on immigration, visa requirements and arrival procedures.

Passports & Visas

First, you’ll need to ensure your passport is valid for at least three months beyond your intended departure date from New Zealand.

Then, read on to establish whether or not you need a visa. 


Visa-Waiver Countries

You do not need a visa to visit New Zealand if you are:

  • A New Zealand or Australian citizen or resident, or
  • A UK citizen and/or UK passport holder, or
  • A citizen of a country that has a visa-waiver agreement with New Zealand 

However, delegates from visa-waiver countries will require a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) to travel to New Zealand.

You can find more information about the NZeTA here, or you can get underway and request your NZeTA here.

And see here for NZeTA information in languages other than English.

Non-Visa-Waiver Countries

If you don’t meet the visa-waiver criteria, then you will need to apply for a Visitor Visa.

Immigration New Zealand has advised that WSCM2020 delegates should apply for visas well in advance of their travel dates to prevent any delays. We recommend that you apply for your visa as soon as possible, and no later than eight weeks before you are intending to travel.  

Delegates are able to use their registration confirmation and receipt as proof of their visit, and we can supply a personalised confirmation letter on request. Please email admin@wscm2020.com if you would like to take up this option.

When applying for a Visitor Visa, you will need to select the following options from the drop-down menus:

  • Select a visa type - Visit
  • Purpose of your visit - Other or Holiday 
  • Select a visa - Visitor Visa

NB - Don't select Sports and Arts from the What is the purpose of your visit options, as this is intended for professional performing artists and athletes.

International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL)

Most people entering New Zealand on a temporary basis will need to pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy of NZD$35 before travelling to NZ.

There are some exceptions, most notably Australian citizens and permanent residents, and people from many Pacific Island countries.

To make it easy for visitors, the immigration system will determine whether a person needs to pay the IVL when they apply for a visa or NZeTA, and the IVL can be paid for at the same time.


Need further assistance?

If you have any queries about travelling to New Zealand, please email us at info@wscm2020.com

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