Visa information and invitation letters

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We enjoy welcoming visitors to New Zealand. To ensure you have an experience to remember, make sure you've done your homework and have everything sorted before you leave.

Please take the time to read and understand the travel advisory provided by New Zealand Immigration. It includes a list of "visa waiver countries" whose citizens do not need a visa but do need an Electronic Travel Authority.

Before travelling to New Zealand, you need to make sure your passport is valid for at least three months longer than your expected departure date. If you come from a country that needs a New Zealand visa to enter, please be sure to apply as soon as possible.

You do not normally need a visa to visit New Zealand if you are:

  • A New Zealand or Australian citizen or resident, or
  • A UK citizen and/or passport holder, or
  • A citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand.

You should also be aware that that some countries you travel through to get to New Zealand may require transit visas. For example, see Australia's information about travellers eligible to transit without a visa.

Do you need a visa?

Visitors from visa-waiver countries do not normally need visas but must request an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) online before travelling to New Zealand. See the current list of visa waiver countries.

Click here to check if you need an NZeTA or visa

If you need a visa

If you are travelling from a non visa waiver country you must apply for a visa. Please start this process NOW. The conference is not liable for declined visas or visas that are not processed in time. Please ensure your visa application is submitted at least 6 weeks prior to the conference but we recommend even earlier to be safe.

Refer to the travel advisory document for additional information.

I need an official invitation letter

An official invitation letter to support your visa application, funding request, etc. can be requested from the Local Organising Committee (LOC). Invitation letters will normally only be issued only if you meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. You have a paper accepted for presentation at IAMCR 2024.
  2. You have registered for the conference. Do not make your request unless you have received confirmation of your conference registration;
  3. You do not have a paper accepted for presentation, and haven't yet registered for the conference, but your request is supported by a known IAMCR authority (e.g. the head of a section or working group or a member of the International Council or Executive Board). You must identify the person supporting your request.

Invitation letters can be requested from the Local Organising Committee at Your request must include all the information listed below:

  • your full name as it appears in your passport
  • your address
  • your email address
  • your nationality
  • your date of birth
  • your passport number
  • if you have a paper accepted for presentation, provide its title and Ex Ordo submission ID number
  • if you do not have a paper accepted you must provide details of your registration or of the IAMCR authority supporting your request for an invitation letter
  • are you a member of IAMCR? Yes/No

Please write VISA INVITATION LETTER in the subject line of your email.

All IAMCR 2024 participants are required to have adequate medical insurance for the duration of their stay.

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