Proof of Funds - NZ

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1. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone,

Just wondering if someone can tell me what the story is when you are entering NZ. I was told that I would have to show proof of sufficient funds when entering the country. Does anyone know if this is actually true? Do I need to print off bank statements? And if so, how much is considered sufficient?

Thanks a lot!


2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5293 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I think they have a similar $5000 limit (~€2500) as Australia has; can't be completely certain anymore, as it's been a long time, but I'm reasonably certain I wasn't asked to show any proof of funds when I entered. As long as you're looking like a prosperous European (aka low risk), you should be fine, though if you _can_ get a hold of a bank statement, it's probably good to have with you.

3. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Okay, thanks Sander - will do. ;)

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5293 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Oh, also - completely non related, but it just popped into my head trying to recall the procedure upon arrival: there's people offering free tea (and coffee?) just before the baggage carrousels at the airport in New Zealand. A little bit of hospitality when you first enter the country. I was really impressed by that touch; haven't been to any other country where they did that. Just pointing it out so you won't miss it (which I know many people do), as usually after such a long flight you can really use some caffeine. :)

5. Posted by Chix (Full Member 114 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I'm not sure about when you are a random visitor to the country, but when I applied for a working holiday visa for NZ I, I'm fairly sure I had to provide proof of funds (it was 6 years ago now so sorry I'm not more certain!). Some of my friends have just been over there and I'm fairly sure they didn't have to show anything re: money. It's something I'll look into too though as going there again in Sept. Will post again if I find any more info out

6. Posted by jen23 (Full Member 73 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I think Chix is right. You only need proof of funds if you are staying on a working holiday visa.
If you're just going for a 3 month, non work related travel trip, I understand that you don't need proof of funds.


7. Posted by macado (Budding Member 24 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Curious about this as well. Technically, I don't have the funds required even though I can get them if I needed. I applied online for my WHV and got accepted. Will they ask to see funds when I enter New Zealand?

8. Posted by Taffski (Travel Guru 182 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Don't think so guys...

I thought exactly the same as you guys a couple of years ago and arrived with Bank Statement in hand. I, however, didn't have an onward ticket as I wanted to buy one when I was there... hadn't decided where I was going next. As a result, I ended up in the illegal immigration section for three hours while I had to (in the end) buy an onward ticket (In this case back to Australia). If you've not got an onward ticket, then you can't get in. Simple as that. If you've got an onward ticket, they let you in no problems with a European passport etc. on a tourist visa (3 months) with no proof of funds for your stay (depending on where you're from etc.)
Hope this helps

9. Posted by rasberries (Inactive 154 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

i had a bank statement but they didnt ask BUT I did have an onward ticket and was from Canada. So I'm sure that makes a difference. Plus I would think if they require a proof of money they would ask you to send it with visa application rather then when you arrive.

either way. i got a delicious strip search upon arrival in new zealand because the fruit smelling dogs smelt fruit in my bag even though i ate that fruit hours before boarding the plane..

note to self - always wear the good underwear while traveling juuuust incase.

10. Posted by asdfgh (Budding Member 11 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I've been to NZ twice, the first time on a normal tourist visa and the second on a working holiday visa. I wasn't asked about funds the first time (and wasn't expecting to be) and wasn't asked the second time either, despite being told before I went that I would need some sort of proof. I didn't have an onward ticket either... This was a while ago now tho (2002) so things might have changed, but it's probably worth getting something sorted before you go, just in case.