World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production

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Visa Information

All visitors to New Zealand must have a passport which is valid for at least three months beyond the intended stay in New Zealand. 

Visa information and the visa application form are available on: If you require a Visitor's Visa, please allow at least 5-6 weeks for processing.


Streamlined Visa Processing for Selected Loyalty Members

Immigration New Zealand has established partnerships with the below organisations, offering streamlined visitor visa processes for members who are able to demonstrate that they meet certain qualifying criteria.

Air New Zealand                   Gold Elite, Gold or Silver Airpoints Cardholders         Visa Application Checklist  
China Southern Airlines
Gold or Silver Status Cardholders
Visa Application Checklist  
China UnionPay
Diamond or Platinum status credit Cardholders
Visa Application Checklist  


Find out more about streamlined visa processing here.  


Visa Waiver Countries

Citizens of some countries do not need to apply for a visa before travelling to New Zealand, view the list of visa waiver countries here.

If you are a citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand, you do not need to apply for a visa to visit New Zealand but you must:

  • Hold a valid ticket from New Zealand to a country where you have the right of entry 
  • Have sufficient money to support yourself during your stay in New Zealand 
  • Hold a passport valid for 3 months beyond the date you intend leaving New Zealand 
  • Remain in New Zealand only for the time granted on your arrival    

If you intend to stay in New Zealand for longer than three months, you must apply for a visa prior to entering New Zealand.



New Zealand has a national biosecurity system that is considered one of the most robust in the world. Please refer to for more information.



The currency used is the New Zealand dollar. Banking hours are usually 0900 -1600hrs, Monday to Friday. Automatic Teller Machines are well spread throughout Auckland city. International credit cards are accepted throughout the country banks, most hotels and city stores.


Disclosure of Registration Information

If you do not wish your details to be provided to sponsors or other delegates, please tick the appropriate box on the registration form.



Dress for all sessions is smart casual.



New Zealand uses a 240 volt 50 cycle system with 3 pin flat plugs.


Goods and Services Tax

Goods and Services in New Zealand are subject to a 15% tax (GST). This tax is usually included in the price and if not, it is clearly stated. This tax cannot be claimed back by visitors, when leaving the country.



It is strongly recommended that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance to cover the duration of your visit to New Zealand and to protect against cancellation charges, loss or damage to your luggage and personal effects, loss of cash and medical expenses.


Name Badges

Name badges will be given to all delegates on registration. We ask that you wear your badge at all times, including social functions. Entry tickets will be given for all applicable social and optional events.


Special Requirements

Every effort will be made to ensure delegates with special needs are catered for. Should you require any specific assistance, or catering please give details required on your registration form.


Transport from Airport to City Centre

Distance from Airport to Auckland City Centre 25.6km (30min drive)

A taxi fare from the airport to the city centre is around $75 one way. You can pre-book your Taxi on one of the following websites:

Shared shuttles are available for approximately $35 per person from the airport to the city centre, please visit

SkyBus is a frequent bus service from the arrivals hall at the airport to the city centre.  A one way ticket is NZ$16 per person. For more information, please visit


If your travel itinerary includes a transit stop in Australia you may need an Australian Transit Visa. Details about this and how to apply can be found at Failure to obtain this visa in advance of your travel may result in you being unable to board your aircraft.



No vaccinations are required to enter New Zealand.

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