Performing artists and their immediate support crew members can visit New Zealand in order to participate in an approved arts or music festival. To apply for this visa, you must provide a letter of invitation from the festival organisers explaining your role in the festival.
With this visa you can
Take part in a short-term live entertainment act being promoter by an Approved Promoter.
This temporary visitor visa is for performers and their crew members who want to perform at some approved programs in New Zealand.Source: Immigration New Zealand
Genuine intentions: You must genuinely intend to meet the conditions of your visa
Approved arts or music festival: The festival must be approved by Immigration New Zealand
Letter of invitation: You must provide a letter of invitation from the festival organisers
Funds or sponsorship: You must have enough money to live on while you’re in New Zealand or have an acceptable sponsor
Onward travel: You must have a ticket to leave New Zealand or be sponsored for the cost of your onward travel
Health care: You must agree to pay your own health care costs
Bring family: Your partner and dependent children must meet the requirements for this visaSource: Immigration New Zealand
Step 1 – Festival organisers apply for approval
To become an ‘approved’ festival, organisers must submit a formal proposal to us at:
Approved Arts and Music Festival Approval
Operations Support, Visa Services
Immigration New Zealand
PO Box 3705
For a festival to be ‘approved’, it must have:
Step 2 – The festival organisers give you a letter of invitation
The festival organisers must provide you with a letter of invitation explaining your role in the festival. You will need this to apply for your visa.
Immigration New Zealand only accepted letters of invitation from organisers of ‘approved’ arts or music festivals.
Step 3 – You apply for a visa
Before you apply, check if you are from a Visa Waiver country.
Complete the paper application form and send it to us with your application fee, immigration levy, and the documents listed in the checklist on the form.
Step 4 – Decision about your application
If there is anything else you need to do, Immigration New Zealand will be in touch.
If you are in New Zealand, and your current temporary visa expires before your new visa is granted, we will normally issue you an interim visa to let you stay in New Zealand lawfully.Source: Immigration New Zealand
Application Fee: NZD$ 246.
This is the charge for Immigration New Zealand to process your application. Immigration New Zealand does not refund application costs if your application is refused. A non-refundable immigration levy is charged and is included in the cost.Source: Immigration New Zealand