New visa initiatives by New Zealand to ease travel for Chinese visitors

Published on : Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Chinese visitors on Surfers Paradise Beach in QueenslandA raft of new visa initiatives by New Zealand will ease travel for Chinese visitors, Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse said Tuesday.

“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 our country,” Woodhouse said.

The introduction of “e-visas” enable Chinese nationals to apply online, and a Chinese logon service, allows a complete online Chinese language application process, from registration to approval, he added.

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

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

“China is New Zealand’s second-largest and fastest growing tourist market,” Woodhouse said in a statement.


“Last year, over 355,000 Chinese citizens visited New Zealand and contributed over 1.6 billion NZ dollars (1.12 billion U.S. dollars) to our economy,” said Woodhouse.

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