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NEW ZEALAND - Exercise normal security precautions

There is no nationwide advisory in effect for New Zealand. Exercise normal security precautions.



The decision to travel is your responsibility. You are also responsible for your personal safety abroad. The purpose of this Travel Advice is to provide up-to-date information to enable you to make well-informed decisions.


A 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck near Christchurch on February 22, 2011, causing many deaths and extensive damage to infrastructure. The situation has returned to normal in most parts of the city; however, access to some areas in downtown Christchurch may be restricted due to ongoing reconstruction efforts.


Violent crime against tourists is rare. Theft is an increasing problem and occurs from hotel rooms, tourist sites, recreational areas and unattended vehicles. Street crime is prevalent in major cities. Ensure that your personal belongings, passports and other travel documents are secure at all times. Do not leave personal belongings unattended, particularly in vehicles.


Traffic drives on the left. Travel times by car are easy to underestimate, as roads can be narrow, winding and cover hilly terrain. Roads vary from motorways to unsealed gravel surfaces.

Contact the New Zealand Automobile Association for road conditions in adverse weather. AA centres are available in most main areas. An AA Highway Report is also available (tel.: 0900 33 222).

Consult our Transportation Safety page in order to verify if national airlines meet safety standards.

General safety information

Check with local tourist authorities before travelling to remote areas. Leave trip details with family or friends.

Emergency services

Dial 111.

Entry/Exit Requirements

Entry/Exit Requirements

It is the sole prerogative of each country or region to determine who is allowed to enter. Canadian consular officials cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet entry requirements. The following information on entry and exit requirements has been obtained from the authorities of New Zealand. However, these requirements are subject to change at any time. It is your responsibility to check with the New Zealand High Commission or one of its consulates for up-to-date information.

Official (special and diplomatic) passport holders must consult the Official Travel page, as they may be subject to different entry requirements.


Canadians must present a passport to visit New Zealand, which must be valid for at least three months beyond the date of expected departure from that country.


Tourist visa: Not required (for stays of up to 90 days)
Business visa: Required
Student visa: Required

Important requirements

An onward or return ticket, a visa for the next destination (if needed) and proof of sufficient funds (NZ$1,000 per person per month) are required to visit New Zealand.

Departure fee

A departure tax is levied on international flights. The fee is NZ$25 for travellers aged 12 or over, and NZ$10 for children aged 2-11 years. There is no charge for infants under 2 years old.

Children and travel

Children need special documentation to visit certain countries. Please consult our Children page for more information.

Yellow fever

Some countries require proof of yellow fever vaccination before allowing entry. Consult the World Health Organization’s country list to obtain information on this country’s requirements.



Related Travel Health Notices
Consult a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic preferably six weeks before you travel.

Routine Vaccines

Be sure that your routine vaccines are up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.

Vaccines to Consider

You may be at risk for these vaccine-preventable diseases while travelling in this country. Talk to your travel health provider about which ones are right for you.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver spread through blood or other bodily fluids. Travellers who may be exposed (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment or occupational exposure) should get vaccinated.


Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person when they cough or sneeze or through personal contact with unwashed hands. Get the flu shot.


Measles occurs worldwide but is a common disease in developing countries, particularly in parts of Africa and Asia. Measles is a highly contagious disease. Be sure your vaccination against measles is up-to-date regardless of the travel destination.

Yellow Fever Vaccination

Yellow fever is a disease caused by the bite of an infected mosquito.

Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.

* It is important to note that country entry requirements may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.
  • There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.
Country Entry Requirement*
  • Proof of vaccination is not required to enter this country.
  • Vaccination is not recommended.

Food and Water-borne Diseases

Travellers to any destination in the world can develop travellers' diarrhea from consuming contaminated water or food.

Practise safe food and water precautions while travelling in Australia and New Zealand. When in doubt, remember…boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!


Insects and Illness

In some areas in Australia and New Zealand, certain insects carry and spread diseases like dengue fever, Japanese encephalitis and West Nile virus.

Travellers are advised to take precautions against bites.



There is no risk of malaria in this country.


Animals and Illness

Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats. Certain infections found in some areas in Australia and New Zealand, like rabies, can be shared between humans and animals.


Person-to-Person Infections

Crowded conditions can increase your risk of certain illnesses. Remember to wash your hands often and practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette to avoid colds, the flu and other illnesses.

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV are spread through blood and bodily fluids; practise safer sex.

Medical services and facilities

Medical services and facilities

Good medical care is widely available. Travellers to New Zealand who are injured in a work or motor vehicle accident are generally covered for public hospital treatment by the Accident Rehabilitation and Compensation Insurance Corporation (ACC). As a result of this insurance scheme, individuals do not have the right to sue for damages (apart from exemplary damages) for personal injuries that are covered by ACC.

Keep in Mind...

The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.

Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a travel health kit, especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.

Laws & Culture

Laws & Culture

You are subject to local laws. Consult our Arrest and Detention page for more information.


An International Driving Permit is recommended.


The currency is the New Zealand dollar (NZD). Traveller's cheques can be exchanged at banks, major hotels and some shops. Credit cards are widely accepted. Automated banking machines (ABMs) are widely available.

Natural Disasters & Climate

Natural Disasters & Climate

New Zealand is located in an active seismic zone and is prone to earthquakes. On July 21, 2013, an earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale struck near Wellington. While no major damage has been reported, aftershocks continue to shake the area. Exercise caution, monitor local media and follow the advice of local authorities.

There are a number of volcanoes and active thermal areas in the country.

Help Abroad

Help Abroad

Wellington - High Commission of Canada
Street Address 125 The Terrace, Wellington 6011, New Zealand Postal Address P.O. Box 8047, Wellington 6143, New Zealand Telephone 64 (4) 473-9577 Fax 64 (4) 471-2082 Emailwlgtn@international.gc.caInternetnewzealand.gc.caServicesPassport Services AvailableTwitter@CanHCNZ

For emergency assistance after hours, call the High Commission of Canada in Wellington and follow the instructions. You may also make a collect call to the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at 613-996-8885.

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