New Zealand/China: New Zealand moves to ease travel for Chinese nationals

What does the change mean? The changes will build on other measures New Zealand has taken in recent years to make travel easier for Chinese tourists and business travellers. The eVisa programme will allow Chinese nationals to apply for visas online, while the RealMe logon service will make it possible for Chinese nationals to complete the entire visa application process in Chinese.

  • Implementation timeframe: Immediate and ongoing.
  • Visas/permits affected: The eVisa programme will be available for all temporary visas applications that can be lodged online, including business visas, tourist visas and temporary work visas for single applicants.
  • Who is affected: Chinese business people and tourists travelling to New Zealand.
  • Impact on processing times: The changes will make the visa application process easier and less time-consuming.