New Zealand has announced significant changes for all visitors from South Africa, Seychelles and Mauritius to New Zealand, according to separate reports announced by the government recently.
SOUTH AFRICA i
For many years, holders of South African passports have enjoyed visa free travel to New Zealand, However, Immigration New Zealand (“INZ“) has witnessed an increase of the risks involved.
They range from false South African passports detected, to the increasingly common refusal of entry for South Africans coming to New Zealand, usually by failing to establish a bona fide purpose visiting the country.
From 21 November 2016 onward, INZ will require holders of South African passports visiting New Zealand to apply and pay a NZ$165.00 application fee to apply for a tourist visa. This change brings New Zealand in line with Australia, Canada, the UK and the USA.
SEYCHELLES AND THE REPUBLIC OF MAURITIUS
In a separate but similar report, INZ further announced the addition of Seychelles and the Republic of Mauritius onto their visa-waiver list of countries.
Thus, also from the same date of 21 November 2016, tourist visas for nationals of both these nations will enjoy visa free travel rights to New Zealand.
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