Christchurch International Airport is a major gateway to New Zealand’s South Island. International airlines fly direct to Christchurch from Australia, China, Singapore, Hong Kong and connect straight to Europe and the Amercians. Christchurch International Airport is just 15 minutes’ easy journey from the city.

For practical information and travel advice before you leave, click the button below

 

Facts about New Zealand

Before travelling to a country, you need to know the basic facts. New Zealand is a small country, similar in size to Great Britain or Japan. With a population of just over 4 million people it is gloriously uncrowded.

International Connections to Christchurch

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Passports, visas and electronic travel authority (ETA)

We enjoy welcoming visitors to New Zealand. To ensure you have an experience to remember, make sure you’ve done your homework and have everything sorted before you leave.

When you arrive, your passport must be valid for at least three months beyond your intended departure date, and if required, have a valid New Zealand visa.

From 1 October 2019, visitors from visa-waiver countries must request an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) prior to coming to New Zealand. You may also have to pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL). For more information on the ETA and IVL, visit Immigration New Zealand.

Before travelling to New Zealand, you need to make sure your passport is valid for at least three months longer than your expected departure date. If you come from a country that needs a New Zealand visa to enter, please be sure to apply in advance.

You should allow a minimum of eight weeks for your visa to be processed.

Please not, that involvement in this congress, does not guarantee that visas will be approved.

If you have a biometric ordinary passport (or electronic passport) and are over 12 years old, you may be able to use New Zealand Customs eGate service. This allows you to complete your Customs and Immigration checks faster so you can get on with enjoying your visit to New Zealand.


Biosecurity

In order to protect New Zealand and its environment, certain items are not allowed to be brought into the country, have restrictions for entry, or must be declared if they are deemed to present a biosecurity risk. These include food, plants, animal products and outdoor recreational equipment. You may risk a fine if you fail to comply.


Vaccinations

No vaccinations are required to visit New Zealand.