Philippines to New Zealand: Travel Requirements, Visa Application, Quarantine, Etc.

Travel time from the Philippines to New Zealand takes 9 hours and 50 minutes.
by | August 12, 2022

During the initial global lockdowns in 2020, the world witnessed New Zealand’s strict border controls and progressive pandemic response by the government. More than two years later, it finally opened its international borders to international travelers. If you’re planning to take the 9 hours and 50-minute direct travel time from the Philippines to New Zealand (Auckland), here’s everything you need to prepare for a holiday on the island nation:


Who can travel from the Philippines to New Zealand?

New Zealand’s borders are now open to Filipino visitors, students, and workers.


Requirements to travel from the Philippines to New Zealand

Before you travel, prepare the following travel and health documents:

  • Valid passport
  • Visa
  • Proof of vaccination; visit this page for exemptions.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Accomplished New Zealand Traveler Declaration; prepare the following documents:
    • Passport
    • Proof of vaccination
    • Travel history for 14 days
    • Flight details
    • Contact details
    • Emergency contact details
    • E-mail address


Do you need a visa to enter New Zealand?

Yes, Filipinos need a visa to enter New Zealand. Travelers can apply for the following types of visas:

  • Visit
  • Work
  • Study
  • Join family
  • Business and investment
  • Residence

Find more information about the types of visas and the steps to take here.


How to apply for a Visitor Visa

New Zealand’s Visitor Visa is for travelers who want to come to the island nation as a tourist, to study a short course, or to visit family and friends for up to 3 months.

To meet the requirements, travelers need to meet the following criteria and evidence:


Criteria Evidence
Identity Provide proof of identity • 1 acceptable photo for online application
• 2 photos for paper application
Health Traveler must be in good health A chest x-ray, medical examination or both
Character Traveler must be in good character Police certificate
Genuine Intentions Traveler must genuinely intend to meet the conditions of visa • travel history (passport)
• if visiting family or friends, provide their names, contact addresses and phone numbers, and New Zealand visa or citizenship status
• home country circumstances such as a letter from employer, proof of enrollment or student ID, letter explaining family ties, or retirement certificate or evidence that you receive pension
Bring family Traveler’s partner and dependent children must meet the visa requirements • proof of relationship: marriage and birth certificates
• proof of their identity
• family must be of good character and health
Funds or sponsorship Traveler must have enough money to live on while in New Zealand or have an acceptable sponsor • proof of accommodation pre-payment
• bank statements
• travelers’ cheques
• credit card statements
• Sponsorship Form for Temporary Entry filled out by an acceptable sponsor
• if traveler is sponsored, the sponsor must provide evidence such as recent bank statements, pay slips, employment agreement, and accommodation ownership or payment of rent
Health care Traveler must agree to pay own health care costs • declaration in visa application that traveler is paying for any health care costs
• the immigration office recommends full medical insurance during traveler’s visit
Onward travel Traveler must have a ticket to leave New Zealand or be sponsored for the costs of onward travel • proof that traveler has enough money to buy ticket out of New Zealand
• Sponsorship Form for Temporary Entry accomplished by an acceptable sponsor


How long will the Visitor Visa processing take?

The New Zealand Visitor Visa application will be completed within 5 months. This timeframe is in calendar days.


New Zealand Quarantine Rules


After arrival in New Zealand, travelers must take 2 rapid antigen tests: a. first on Day 1 and b. second on Day 5/6.

Travelers will be given a welcome pack upon arrival, which includes RATs at Biosecurity after going through customs.

Find more about New Zealand’s testing requirements here.


Current New Zealand COVID Situation


For more up-to-date announcements and information, don’t forget to follow these pages and websites:

When she’s not writing, Ina’s busy curating playlists that will save her when words don’t work, reading, annoying her cat, or thinking of her next meal.


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