APSAD 2018
Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs



Australian Citizens

Australian citizens and residents don’t usually need a visa to travel to NZ. But if you don’t meet the character requirements, you’ll need to apply for a visa before travelling to NZ.

Other Nationalities

There are many visa options available to people wishing to visit New Zealand. The appropriate visa option will depend, amongst other things, on the person’s purpose for visiting New Zealand. Please refer to the New Zealand Immigration Website for guidance on the visa options that may be most suitable for event participants. A few examples of visa types are provided below:

  1. If you are attending just the conference then you will only need a Visitor’s Visa for short stay in New Zealand, further information available here.
  2. If you are conducting any Business activities during your visit then you would need to apply for a Business Visitor Visa, further information available here. This visa type allows you to:
  • Carry out an official trade mission recognised by the New Zealand government
  • Sell Goods and Services in New Zealand
  • Buy New Zealand Goods and Services
  • Negotiate or discuss the set-up, expansion or wind-up of a business in New Zealand
  • Carry out any business with the authorised representatives of an overseas company, body or person

NB: These are the visa options available presently but the Department reserves the right to change regulations.

For more information please visit: The New Zealand Immigration Website

All visitors should apply for a visa at least two months prior to their intended date of departure, and four months prior for people with character or health concerns. The Congress Secretariat holds no responsibility for visa applications.