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Going to Australia

Off to Australia? Here’s some information you need to know

If you’re taking a trip, going for work, or moving to Australia for the long-term, as a New Zealand citizen and passport holder you can take advantage of the close relationship between the two countries. Agreements are in place that allows New Zealanders easier entry into Australia.

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Getting through Australian passport control faster

If you currently hold an e-Passport (any New Zealand passport issued since November 2005), you will be able to use SmartGate when you arrive at most international airports in Australia.

How to check you have an e-Passport

SmartGate is currently available for New Zealand and Australian e-Passport holders arriving at most international airports in Australia and in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch international airports from any destination. SmartGate is also available if you are departing from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch international airports to any destination.

Learn how to use SmartGate


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Entry and Exit Requirements

Visa and other entry and exit conditions change regularly. Contact the Australian High Commission well in advance of your travel, for the most up to date information.


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Going for a short trip?

Health care

Avoid delays

New Zealanders making short term visits to Australia should get comprehensive travel insurance to cover non-emergency health care costs, including ambulance costs and travel back home to New Zealand.

If you receive payments from Work and Income

If you receive income support, New Zealand Superannuation or a Veteran’s Pension and you’re going overseas even for a short trip you should contact Work and Income in New Zealand as your entitlement and payments may be affected.


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Arriving in Australia

You automatically get a special category visa

You will automatically get a special category visa when you arrive, provided you meet certain security, character and health requirements. Your passport will be stamped when you arrive, which is proof that you hold the visa.

New Zealanders can stay and work in Australia indefinitely

Once your New Zealand passport is stamped with the special category visa, you are able to stay and work in Australia indefinitely – provided you remain of good character.


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Staying and living in Australia long-term

You should apply for a Medicare card, which will give you access to Australian healthcare, including reduced costs for doctor’s visits and medical prescriptions. For more information go to medicareaustralia.gov.au

If you receive payments from Work and Income

Contact Work and Income in New Zealand before you leave if you receive income support, New Zealand Superannuation or a Veteran’s Pension and you’re moving to Australia to live, as your entitlement and payments may be affected. Work and Income will advise if you can still receive all or part of your payment while you’re in Australia.

Permanent residency in Australia

Having permanent residency in Australia means you are then eligible to receive the full range of Australian social security benefits including unemployment or sickness benefits.