Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Tuvalu, Kiribati and Nauru no longer visa free

4 December 2003 Media Statement

Tuvalu, Kiribati and Nauru no longer visa free

Immigration Minister Lianne Dalziel today announced that the visitor visa-waiver scheme for Tuvalu, Kiribati and Nauru nationals will be suspended from 12am Monday 8 December 2003.

“From 8 December all visitors from Tuvalu, Kiribati and Nauru will need to obtain a visa in order to travel here,” Lianne Dalziel said.

The main purpose of the move is to provide a consistent visa policy for all Pacific countries and the change brings Tuvalu, Kiribati and Nauru into line with this.

Visa waivers for a number of Pacific Islands countries were introduced in December 1986, allowing people to visit New Zealand visa-free for up to three months. However, a surge in visitor numbers meant visa requirements for most Pacific countries were reimposed shortly afterwards.

“It is now appropriate to also reintroduce visa requirements for visitors from Tuvalu, Kiribati and Nauru,” said Lianne Dalziel.

“The visa requirement policy does not detract from New Zealand’s ties with the Pacific, which are as warm and strong as ever. However, it is important that the adverse impacts of immigration are properly managed. Work and study already require visas so the change will not be that significant.

“The Pacific Access Category, which the government introduced last year, provides preferential access for permanent residents from a number of Pacific countries including Tuvalu and Kiribati and explicitly recognises the importance of New Zealand’s relationships with our Pacific neighbours. In the case of Tuvalu and Kiribati, the residence category replaced outdated work schemes,” she said.

People from Tuvalu, Kiribati and Nauru will need to apply for visitor’s visas from the New Zealand Immigration Service office in Suva, if they are travelling to New Zealand or if they are transiting New Zealand on their way to or from other destinations, although this will carry no cost.

Special provision can be made for genuine visitors already scheduled to travel to New Zealand but who do not have time to apply for a visa. Similarly, bona fide visitors and regular business travellers can take advantage of multi-entry visas which will allow travel to New Zealand without applying for a visa every time.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news