For those planning to visit New Zealand during the summer, it is recommended to submit their visitor visa application as soon as possible. The summer season is the busiest time of the year for travel to New Zealand, with a high volume of visitors expected. This means that visa application processing times may take longer than usual, causing potential delays in travel plans.
To ensure a smooth and timely application process, visitors planning to travel to New Zealand for the Christmas holidays should apply for their visitor visa by 25 October. This will give Immigration New Zealand (INZ) enough time to process the application and provide a decision before their travel dates.
Submitting a visitor visa application now, assuming the application is complete and straightforward, will lead to a faster decision-making process by INZ. Visitors can then book their flights, accommodation, and activities with confidence, knowing that their visa application has been approved.
It is important to note that visitors from visa-waiver countries may opt for an NZeTA instead of a visitor visa. However, it is still recommended to apply for either option in advance to avoid any potential travel disruptions.
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