Passports & Visas

Read our section on visa's and passports to ensure you have a relaxing journey.

Will I need a passport?

Passports are needed when travelling outside New Zealand. Your passport should be valid for 6 months beyond the conclusion of your trip. Global Journeys recommends that your passport contains at least two unused and facing visa pages (3 pages for Africa).

For those clients travelling to Australia you need to apply for a Visa or ETA before you travel to Australia (except for New Zealand citizens). See below for more information under the heading "Visas (Travel to Australia)".


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Visas (Travel from New Zealand)

You are responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to your tour departure. Depending on your nationality, you may need visas to enter certain countries and obtaining visas can take up to six weeks. We've provided some simple guidance for you below. Note that the information below may change. Date this page was last amended 4 July 2016.


Applying for your Visa Online

Global Journeys have partnered with Visa Direct who specialise in providing New Zealand travellers with the relevant visa informationneeded to reach destinations around the world. Be it Brazil, Russia, India, or China, they can offer you with the visa needed to get you there quickly and efficiently.

Visa Direct has strong relationships with general consulates meaning you’ll receive your required visa in the most efficient way possible.


Visiting or in Transit to the USA

An ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) approval is required for Australian passport holders entering the USA (even in transit!). Sounds scary but it's not! An ESTA is an automated system that will assist The US Department of Homeland Security in determining a travellers eligibility to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program.

The Visa Waiver Program allows foreign nationals from certain countries to travel to the United States for business or pleasure, for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa.

To apply, all you need to do is complete the form on the link below. Get your itinerary and passports ready and then click on the following link:

Update: For people (of any nationality) who have visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria since 01 March, 2011. Even if from a Visa Waiver Program country, you will be required to obtain a visitor visa for the USA.

Update: Anyone travelling to the USA who is a citizen of a country participating in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and also a citizen of Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria, cannot enter the country under the Visa Waiver Program. They must instead obtain a visitor visa. This means an Australian citizen, travelling on an Australian passport who is normally eligible for an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation) will have to apply at their nearest US consulate for a visitor visa if they are also a citizen of Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria


Canada Visas

Canada requires New Zealand citizens (mandatory as of March 15 2016) to apply online for an electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) for entry into Canada. The eTA will cost $7 Canadian per person, and will last for five years from the date of issue. Please refer to for more information, or to to apply for the eTA.


European Visas

For the majority of European destinations a visa is not required for stays up to 3 months for holders of New Zealand passports. A visa is not required for holidays in the following countries:


  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • UAE
  • UK
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Czech Republic
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland


If you are resident in New Zealand, but hold a passport from another country then your visa requirements are likely to be different. If the country you are visiting is not on the list above, then it is likely a visa will be required. If you are unsure, email your dedicated tour consultant who will be able to help.


Visas for Asia


Most visitors to Cambodia require a one-month tourist visa (US $20). Most nationalities receive this on arrival at Phnom Penh and Siem Reap airports, and at land borders, but do check if you are carrying an African, Asian or Middle Eastern passport, as there are some exceptions.

For those travelling on a Mekong river cruise and entering Cambodia while onboard the ship (i.e from Vietnam into Cambodia) a visa for Cambodia can be easily obtained whilst onboard your cruise, and is arranged by your Cruise Director.

Type of Visa Required: Standard Visa
Cost: US$20 per person
Note: One passport-sized photo is required and you'll be 'fined' US$1 if you don't have one.


New Zealand Passport Holders are required to obtain a visa prior to departure from New Zealand for entry into China.

Type of Visa Required: Standard Visa
Cost: Single Entry Visa –NZ$40 per person, + Courier fees ($15)


Visas are not required for New Zealanders entering Japan for less than 90 days for tourism. All foreign nationals, including permanent residents of Japan, are required to have their fingerprints electronically scanned and are photographed upon arrival in Japan. Refusal to provide fingerprints or be photographed is grounds for refusal of entry into Japan.


New Zealanders citizens are permitted to stay up to 30 days under the “Visa Exemption Rule” and it is obtained if entering via international airport and a permit to stay up to 15 days if entering through a land border checkpoint from a neighbouring country. Travellers must be in possession of a confirmed travel itinerary and proof of funds.

Myanmar (Burma)

Australian citizens require a visa for Myanmar (Burma) prior to departure from Australia. You can now an online e-visa for visiting Myanmar (Burma) at the followig address: Starting from 01/09/2016, and eVisa can also be used to enter Myanmar from the following three land border checkpoints, between Myanmar and Thailand - Tachileik, Myawaddy, Kawthaung.


New Zealanders citizens require a visa for Vietnam.

If you or are arriving into Vietnam onboard a cruise (e.g. Mekong river cruise) then you must arrange your Vietnam visa prior to departure from Australia.

If you're flying into Vietnam the easiest and cheapest way to get your visa approved on arrival at Vietnam airport is through an online visa-service company which will provide you with a letter of invitation. This system does not operate at land/river border crossings (e.g. Mekong river cruise).

For those travellers that are required to obtain a visa prior to departure from New Zealand, or for those that prefer to obtain a visa prior to departure from New Zealand you will need to contact your closest Vietnamese Embassy or Global Journeys have partnered with Visa Direct who specialise in providing New Zealand travellers with the relevant visa.

For those travellers flying into Vietnam and wanting to get a letter of invitation to assist in obtaining a visa on arrival at Vietnam airport, you can contact Vietnam Visa. You will need passport details, and you will receive an email approval document two to three days later (one day for rush service), which you need to print and bring with you to the airport. On arrival, present the approval document and passport picture, then pay a stamping fee (US$45 for single-entry).


Visas for India

You need to apply online at India Visa Online for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA), a minimum of four and a maximum of 30 days before you are due to travel. Australian and New Zealand travellers are granted a 30-day single-entry visa on arrival (VOA) at Bengaluru, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Trivandrum airports. The fee is US$60, and you have to upload a photograph as well as a copy of your passport (details of requirements included in link above).


Visas For Australia

Everyone, except travellers with Australian or New Zealand passports, require a visa.

Electronic Travel Authority (ETA)

An electronically stored authority for short-term visits to Australia of up to 3 months. Available to passport holders from 32 countries and regions. Applications must be made from outside Australia.

An ETA is equivalent to a visa, but there is no stamp or label in your passport and there is no need for you to visit an Australian diplomatic office to submit an application.

Now, you can also submit applications online, and in most cases, your ETA can be approved in less than 30 seconds. The ETA is issued electronically by a computer system operated for the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (DIMA) of Australia. When an application for an ETA is submitted through their site, all you need to do is enter the details from your passport and your credit card information. The application is processed immediately. Approved applications are electronically recorded on Australian Government systems.

When you arrive at an airport for check-in on a flight to Australia, the airline check-in staff can electronically confirm that you have authority to board the flight to Australia.

Visa Terms & Conditions
We’ve tried to make this visa & passport guide as accurate as possible but please double check the essentials like visas, health and safety, airport information etc with the relevant authorities before you travel. You are responsible for obtaining and paying for all visa and entry documents, for meeting all health and other requirements, and for any documents required by the laws, regulations, orders, and/or requirements of the countries you will visit. Global Journeys are not responsible for providing specific visa and passport information or documentation, and Global Journeys cannot accept liability for any traveller refused entry onto any transport or into any country due to failure of the traveller to carry correct documentation. Always double-check visa requirements before you travel, as policies change regularly..

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