New Zealand Travel Information
Due to the spread of the corona virus, the New
Zealand authorities have implemented measures for
visitors, including entry restrictions. It is per. March
20, 2020 at 23:59 introduced entry refusal for foreign
citizens (with some exceptions). For more information
about coronavirus, see the section Health.
New Zealand is a well-functioning country that is
easy to travel in. Travelers should have travel
insurance to cover accident and death expenses. Health
and sanitation are about the same as in Norway.
Norway is represented by the Honorary Consulate
General in Wellington and Honorary Consulate in
Auckland. Responsible Norwegian Embassy for New Zealand
is the Embassy in Canberra.
In October 2014, the national terror threat level was
raised from very low to low. New Zealand is generally a
safe country to travel in. Travelers should have travel
insurance that covers expenses that can occur in the
event of a travel accident and death. For more
information see the embassy's article on assistance to
Norwegians abroad. By the way, travelers should exercise
common caution and take reasonable precautions to reduce
the risk of being hit by crime.
The Embassy encourages all travelers to take extra
care of passports, credit cards, cash and tickets.
Always take this with you when you leave the car and
take extra care of your handbag/wallet wherever you go.
Take advantage of the hotels' safe deposit box offer.
Due to very large distances, it takes a long time and
extra costs are incurred to replace the passport. Keep
separate copies of passports and pages with current
In New Zealand, traffic is on the left. Therefore,
always remember to look to the right when crossing the
road or when crossing at junctions or roundabouts. A
good rule is to look at both sides.
New Zealand is occasionally affected by natural
disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides,
snow avalanches and volcanic eruptions. The country has
very good surveillance and warning systems. New Zealand
experiences several earthquakes annually. In 2010 and
2011, the Canterbury region and the city of Christchurch
were severely hit by several major earthquakes and
aftershocks that caused deaths, personal injuries and
major infrastructure damage. For updated information,
see the New Zealand Civil Defense website.
Tsunami may occur as a result of submarine
earthquakes in the Pacific.
- Countryaah: Wellington is the capital
of New Zealand. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
New Zealand has a number of volcanoes and some of
these are nowadays tourist attractions. For more
information see GeoNet.
Follow local news and follow the messages and advice
of the New Zealand authorities in the event of a crisis.
Local emergency number is 111 for all inquiries.
In crisis and emergency situations, the public is
encouraged to contact the Norwegian embassy in Canberra
on tel: +61 2 6270 5700 or by e-mail: [email protected]
Outside the embassy's opening hours, the public can
contact the UD's 24-hour operating center on tel: +47 23
95 00 00 or by e-mail: [email protected]
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs encourages anyone
traveling to countries outside Europe and North America
to register at http://www.reiseregistrering.no/. Travel
registration is also recommended for anyone who is going
to be abroad for an extended period of time, including
students and other residents.
If a crisis occurs where there is reason to believe
that family and friends may be concerned, the embassy
encourages Norwegians in the affected areas to contact
family members in Norway. Family members can also
contact the local authorities in the affected areas.
General precautions for natural disasters in Oceania can
be found here.
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
New Zealand has decided that foreign travelers
arriving in New Zealand from or via mainland China may
be denied entry into the country. The background is the
spread of the coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Read more about
the decision and who is not covered by the Coronavirus
From 1 October 2019, Norwegian citizens must have an
electronic entry permit (New Zealand Electronic Travel
Authority - NZeTA) in order to travel to or via New
Zealand. NZeTA can take up to 72 hours to receive, and
the permit must be granted before checking in on an
aircraft or cruise ship. If you already have a valid
visa or residence permit in New Zealand, you do not need
NZeTA. If you travel to New Zealand before 1 October,
you do not need NZeTA, although the departure date from
New Zealand is after 1 October.
For further information, see the NZeTA New Zealand
Immigration Authority website.
New Zealand requires a passport to be valid for at
least three months after the scheduled departure date.
Also note that countries in Asia most often require that
the passport must be valid for at least six months at
the time of travel for all travel via Asia. For travel
via the USA, you must either have a machine-readable
passport or a visa.
Norway has a bilateral agreement on working holiday
visas with New Zealand, which gives Norwegian citizens
under the age of 31 the right to stay and work in New
Zealand for up to twelve months.
New Zealand has strict quarantine rules. Foods and
articles of untreated wood, natural materials, skins and
the like must be declared and approved by quarantine
inspectors on arrival. Failure to declare will result in
a fine on the spot. Pets such as dog and cat can only be
imported after prior consent and valid papers.
Coronavirus (covid-19): Due to the
prevalence of the coronavirus, the New Zealand
authorities have implemented measures for visitors,
including: entry restrictions. It is per. 20.03.20, at
23:59 introduced entry refusal for foreign citizens
(with some exceptions). Nor will it be possible to get
transit via New Zealand airport.
Information about the measures can be read on the New
Zealand Immigration website. Norwegian travelers should
also keep abreast of the development of the corona
virus, as well as follow the instructions and
instructions of the New Zealand authorities.
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
Health and sanitation are about the same as in
Norway. No special vaccines are required for stays in
New Zealand. The water can be drunk from the tap in the
big cities. Bottled water is easily accessible. There
are no toxic/ dangerous animals or insects in New
Zealand. The sun in New Zealand can be very strong, and
sun protection is recommended.
The area code for phone calls to New Zealand is +64.
Time difference is ten hours at Norwegian summer time
and twelve hours at Norwegian winter time. All regular
credit cards are accepted at ATMs and shops/hotels.
Vending machines are readily available in cities. It is
not possible to withdraw money with foreign cards in
Power uses 240 volts and three-point plugs. Adapters
are normally available in stores.
Country code +64 with subsequent local area codes.
Mobile coverage is good in cities, but partly poor in
English and Maori are official languages. Passports
are the only valid credentials for tourists. New
Zealanders usually dress relatively formally at work,
but informally in their spare time. Tips are common, but
not necessary. In New Zealand it's left-hand traffic.
For short stays, Norwegian drivers' licenses are
accepted by authorities and car rental companies, but
then official translation must be brought. More about
the requirements for translation of foreign driving
licenses for use in New Zealand can be found on the New
residents and visitors website. It is also recommended
to contact the relevant car rental company well in
advance of arrival. New Zealand generally has strict
laws against possession and use of drugs. As in Norway,
smoking is not allowed indoors at restaurants, bars and
Banks are open from 09:30 to 16:30 Monday to Friday,
but are closed on weekends. Public offices and shops are
usually open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Many
shops are open on Saturdays and some also on Sundays.
Here is an overview of the holidays and holidays:
January 1 and 2 (New Year), February 6 (National Day),
Good Friday, 1st and 2nd Easter Day, April 25 (Anzac
Day), first Monday in June (Queen's Birthday), Fourth
Monday in October (Workers' Day), December 25 and 26
(Christmas). If 1st Christmas Day or 1st New Year's Day
falls on a weekend, the following Monday is marked. If
the 2nd Christmas or 2nd New Year's Day falls on a
Saturday or Sunday, mark the following Monday or
For further information, Honorary Consulate General
in Wellington and Honorary Consulate in Auckland can be
Royal Norwegian Consulate General Wellington
PO Box 1990
Tel: +64 4 471 2503
Fax: +64 4 472 8023
E-mail: [email protected] nz
Royal Norwegian Consulate Auckland
c/o Wilhelmsen Ships Service Ltd.
PO Box 640 060 Birkenhead
Tel: +64 21 780 726
Fax: +64 9 356 2371
Email: [email protected]