China market initiatives

The Minister of Immigration Michael Woodhouse has just announced a package of measures designed to make it easier for Chinese visitors to come to New Zealand.

eVisas (label-less visas and passport-free applications) are now available for Chinese nationals applying online onshore and offshore. eVisas mean recipients will not have a physical visa label in their passport; instead their visa is held electronically. Customers receive an electronic visa approval notification with their visa details, including visa start/end dates and conditions.

In addition, Chinese visa applicants can now apply online using a Chinese version of the RealMe log on service, enabling them to register in Chinese rather than in English and we have introduced landing and navigation pages in Chinese linked to the online Chinese visitor visa form. These changes are part of our aim to a complete online Chinese language application process, from registration to approval.

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Later this year applicants will also be able to pay for online visa applications using China UnionPay debit and credit cards.

"China is New Zealand's second-largest and fastest growing tourist market," says Mr Woodhouse.

"Last year, over 355,000 Chinese citizens visited New Zealand and contributed over $1.6 billion to the New Zealand's economy.

"The Government has been looking at ways to make it easier for Chinese travellers to visit New Zealand and ensure they have a positive experience when they come to New Zealand.

"These measures deliver on that by providing an easy, streamlined visa application and approval process for Chinese nationals."

Other changes already in place to make travel to New Zealand easier for Chinese visitors include doubling the length of the multiple-entry visa to two years and introducing a three-year multiple entry business visa.

Source: Immigration New Zealand