Visa information and entry requirements

  Invitation letter

Once you have registered for the 49th CIML Meeting, you will receive an e-mail containing a link to download the official New Zealand Government invitation letter.  It is strongly recommended that you have this letter with you when arriving at New Zealand immigration (regardless of whether you require a visa or not), as this can speed up the entry process.


All visitors to New Zealand must have a passport that is valid for at least three months beyond the intended date of departure from New Zealand.

  Entry visa

Delegates should check whether they require a visa for entry to New Zealand. If so, they are advised to make arrangements in good time. See this site for further details on entry requirements.

Citizens of some countries must obtain a Visitor’s Visa. Visa information and the visa application form are available on this site. If you require a Visitor’s Visa, please allow at least 5-6 weeks for processing.

  Transit via Australia

Please note that if you are transiting via Australia en route to New Zealand you may be required to obtain an Australian Transit Visa. Australian visa information is available on this site. Australia will not grant a transit visa without confirmation that the New Zealand visa has been approved. Delegates are therefore advised to apply for their New Zealand visa as soon as possible.

  Biosecurity and Customs on arrival at Auckland Airport

Please note that all food, plant and animal material (such as feathers, skins or bone) must be declared on arrival in New Zealand and will be checked by officials.  Many food items are prohibited, especially fresh fruit and vegetables. All bags are x-rayed on arrival by the Ministry for Primary Industries and instant fines are imposed on anyone who has failed to declare prohibited items. This is to ensure that New Zealand is kept free of dangerous pests and disease which could jeopardize the country’s important horticultural and agricultural industries.