Immigration New Zealand

Who needs a visa?

Participants from countries who do not have a visa waiver arrangement with New Zealand will need to apply for a visa before they travel to New Zealand. Visa waiver countries are found on immigration New Zealand website

Applying for a visitor visa

Visa application forms may be found on Immigration New Zealand website and

You will need

  • A fully completed visa application form with 2 passport size photos
  • Application fee
  • Passport, this must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the departure date.
  • A letter of invitation from Bike New Zealand - [email protected]
  • Evidence of funds to support their stay in NZ ($1000 per month or $400 if accommodation is prepaid)
  • Evidence of onward travel from NZ

Please note that individual branches/ case officers may request additional information to that mentioned above as part of the requirements for assessing the visa application. If additional information is requested, it must provide it to the case officer.


We recommend that applicants apply for their visa at least 6 weeks before they intend to travel. In some countries Immigration New Zealand does not have visa processing services so it is important that the applicants allow sufficient time for the applications to be sent to the appropriate office and for the passports to be returned. You can find information on where to apply and what the visa fees are at

Transit visa for Australia

The following counties are eligible to transit through Australia without a transit visa;

Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kiribati, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of South Africa, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, the United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, U.S.A., Vanuatu and Vatican City.

To be eligible for a transit visa these travellers must;

  • depart Australia by air within 8 hours of the scheduled time of their arrival
  • hold confirmed onward booking and documentation necessary to enter the country of their destination and
  • remain in the transit lounge at an airport.

All other nationalities must hold a valid transit visa for Australia

Details on how to apply can be found at;



Biosecurity Risk Goods

BMX bikes and shoes used in competition are classed as high risk by NZMAF due to the fact they are ridden on soil/dirt.  To assist with border processes, bikes should be steamcleaned prior to arrival in New Zealand and a certificate to confirm the bike has undertaken cleaning be provided.  Failure to comply with this process may result in clearance delays in New Zealand.

Riders will also be required to declare their bikes and shoes on their Passenger Arrival Cards.  Failure to declare these goods can result in a fine.  There is no law against bringing risk goods into the country as long as you declare them. When you declare items, your goods will be inspected. If they are not deemed to be satisfactory, they may be treated and returned if considered safe.  This may cause significant delays.

Customs Service



A full inventory of a teams/individuals medical kit and supplements being brought into New Zealand is required to be provided prior to arrival so the contents can be pre-cleared by MedSafe.

Failure to provide this may result in border intervention and delays in the release of the medical kit to the participating team/individual.