General Travel Information

Travelling to New Zealand is easy. For practical information and travel advice before you leave, click here. 

Before travelling to a country, you need to know the basic facts. New Zealand is a small country, similar in size to Great Britain or Japan. With a population of just over 4 million people it is gloriously uncrowded. Learn more about New Zealand here.  

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR DELEGATES AND STUDENTS ABOUT COVID-19

The Conference Committee of the 7th International Symposium on Negative IONs, Beams & Sources 2020 (NIBS 2020) remains optimistic about the situation and the low risk posed by the novel coronavirus in Aotearoa New Zealand currently.

However, we warmly encourage all delegates and students willing to participate in the NIBS 2020 to read the information below as well as the related external links and resources. These are being constantly updated and we therefore suggest you check them on a regular basis.

  • As part of its response to managing the Covid-19 outbreak (also known as the novel coronavirus), the New Zealand Government has placed temporary travel restrictions for some foreign travellers. Please check if these restrictions apply to you by checking the New Zealand Immigration pageand the Safe Travel portal.
  • The New Zealand Ministry of Health constantly releases information about the Covid-19 situation in NZ and has also updated their advice for attending public events.

We encourage all delegates and students to continue to monitor these pages for updates.

 

Visas & Immigration

We enjoy welcoming visitors to New Zealand. To ensure you have an experience to remember, make sure you’ve done your homework and have everything sorted before you leave.

When you arrive, your passport must be valid for at least three months beyond your intended departure date, and if required, have a valid New Zealand visa.

From 1 October 2019, visitors from visa-waiver countries must request an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) prior to coming to New Zealand. You may also have to pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL). For more information on the ETA and IVL, visit Immigration New Zealand.

Before travelling to New Zealand, you need to make sure your passport is valid for at least three months longer than your expected departure date. If you come from a country that needs a New Zealand visa to enter, please be sure to apply in advance.

Bio Security

In order to protect New Zealand and its environment, certain items are not allowed to be brought into the country, have restrictions for entry, or must be declared if they are deemed to present a biosecurity risk. These include food, plants, animal products and outdoor recreational equipment. You may risk a fine if you fail to comply

Vaccinations

No vaccinations are required to visit New Zealand.

Climate

The weather varies throughout New Zealand by region and by season.

Currency & costs

The currency used is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD).

Internet & phone coverage

Staying connected in New Zealand is easy with a little forward planning.

Time Zone

New Zealand is one of the first places in the world to see the new day, 12 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).

Electricity


New Zealand’s electricity supply runs at 230/240 volts and uses angled two or three pin plugs (the same as Australia and parts of Asia).

i-SITE New Zealand

i-SITE is New Zealand’s official visitor information network. There are currently 80 i-SITE locations found throughout New Zealand where you can speak to a travel expert for local knowledge and bookings throughout New Zealand.

Qualmark

Whether you are looking for places to stay, things to do or ways to get around, Qualmark – New Zealand tourism’s official quality assurance organisation – provides a trusted guide to quality travel experiences. When you see the Qualmark, it means that those businesses have been independently assessed against a set of national quality standards.