From November onwards this year, the South African tourist will need a visitor visa to visit New Zealand. This is important because in the recent past there has been an increase in a number of South African nationals who were not given entry at the New Zealand border. As compared to other countries the number of refusal for entry in New Zealand have gone up.
As of now, there is no need for South African people to apply for visitor visa. Genuine visitors are being granted a visitor Visa on arrival. But with the implementation of changes in Nov and onwards there will need to get a visitor visa before coming to New Zealand. The government of New Zealand made it clear that they want an immigration system that will help the visitors, we want to welcome and encourage genuine visitors. But at the same time, there are such people who do not fulfill the requirements, so we have to create a better and understandable format for immigration system.
We are focused on the establishment of a friendly and useful environment for visitors. Immigration New Zealand general Manager Mr. Peter Elms emphasize that they are forced to create an immigration system that will help new visitors across the border.
“These changes will bring us with the correspondence of countries like Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the USA. People who have booked their tickets today for travel on or after 21 Nov should visit our website to see the changes that have been made and should follow the instructions on how to apply for their Visa”.
We recommend that if you are a South African national and planning to visit New Zealand, then you should apply for visitor visa about six weeks before to your travel dates. This will not just save your time but also if there are any adjustments to make you will be able to do that.