Skip Navigation

Onward flight for New Zealand

Travel Forums Australia / New Zealand & The Pacific Onward flight for New Zealand

Page
  • 1
  • 2

Last Post

1. Posted by Traveloat (Budding Member 53 posts) 7y

Hi,

We're heading to NZ from Oz next month... but have not yet decided where we're going to next... we only want to stay in NZ for a month or so and buy flights in Auckland when we decide to go - but I was wondering if they generally check you have a ticket out of the country - and if we entered without one what would happen??!

Thanks :)

2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3719 posts) 7y

This would generally be checked when you try to board the aircraft for your flight to NZ. So when you check in in Australia they would ask to see proof of an onward flight out of NZ- my friend was recently refused permission to board an aircraft in Sydney (to Auckland) because he did not have an onward ticket, so he had to stay for another day and book a flight out of NZ. This condition is waived if you have a working holiday visa, but I presume if you are only staying for a month you will be entering on a tourist visa.

[ Edit: Edited on 14-Apr-2009, at 22:15 by bex76 ]

3. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 7y

Quoting bex76

This would generally be checked when you try to board the aircraft for your flight to NZ. So when you check in in Australia they would ask to see proof of an onward flight out of NZ- my friend was recently refused permission to board an aircraft in Sydney (to Auckland) because he did not have an onward ticket, so he had to stay for another day and book a flight out of NZ. This condition is waived if you have a working holiday visa, but I presume if you are only staying for a month you will be entering on a tourist visa.

This happened to me to when I came in from Aus this year. I also didnt know where or when Id be leaving and then totally forgot that I would need the onward ticket to get in the country. I was flying with jetstar and the woman at the counter shifted me down to another counter where they simply issued me, and I payed for, a onward ticket at a date we came up with. The ticket I bought is one of the most expensive as its a refundable ticket, but as soon as I hit New Zealand I canceled the ticket for the $40 fee.

4. Posted by Traveloat (Budding Member 53 posts) 7y

Thanks very much for the replies -looks like we'll buy a ticket to save us a whole lot of stress! Dodger - that's a damn good idea buying an expensive refundable ticket rather than a cheaper non-refundable one (which I would have gone for!!), so that's what we'll do!

Thanks again

5. Posted by Sunshine27 (Budding Member 16 posts) 7y

Hope you don't mind me joining this thread!

I was wondering is it poss to go to Oz on a tourist visa (from UK), stay there for a few weeks and then book a return flight to NZ...... Stay in NZ for a couple of weeks and then go back to Oz on a the return ticket and start the tourist visa again? This would mean I would be returning to Oz with no onward ticket...

Hope that makes sense!

The reason I ask is because I am planning on going to Oz on a tourist visa but would like to find work so I can stay there longer. My brother lives in NZ so I could go an visit him and then go back to Oz and continue looking for work.....

6. Posted by Traveloat (Budding Member 53 posts) 7y

You'll have to look into tourist visa's - I thought there was a certain amount of time you had to be out of the country before getting another one... but I could be wrong. Also be aware that your pretty limited with what jobs you can do on a tourist visa (cash in hand, dodgy people who might not pay as you'll be working illegally...!) - it is possible to find work - or it used to be (so I've heard, no experience!) BUT with the economy people on working visa's are struggling to find any kind of work - so not sure you'll get any luck on a tourist visa!

Best of luck!

7. Posted by trainrider (Full Member 95 posts) 7y

You dont need an onward ticket out of NZ, you just need to be able to prove that you have sufficient funds to purchase one.

8. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 7y

Quoting eggman

You dont need an onward ticket out of NZ, you just need to be able to prove that you have sufficient funds to purchase one.

Do you know this from experience, or could you link to some documentation showing this? As far as I know, this is only true if you're going to New Zealand on a working holiday visa, but if you're there as a visitor, you do need an onward ticket.

9. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3719 posts) 7y

Quoting eggman

You dont need an onward ticket out of NZ, you just need to be able to prove that you have sufficient funds to purchase one.

Unless this has changed very recently, this is not the case, unless you are on a working holiday visa. As I mentioned above, a friend of mine was recently refused permission to board a flight to NZ as he did not have an onward ticket out of NZ.

10. Posted by trainrider (Full Member 95 posts) 7y

It appears that im wrong. sorry about that. I was talking from my experience on a working holiday visa as you suggested.

[ Edit: Edited on 01-May-2009, at 02:49 by eggman ]