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I am very much interested to know if I can travel again to New Zealand after I went there last March this year.
I'm planning to visit again next year, this time it's on a business trip sponsored by my Kiwi clients.

I am a Filipino and stayed for 2 weeks.

This is the thing I'm concerned about: We usually only allow visitors to stay for nine months in an 18-month period. https://www.immigration.govt.nz/knowledgebase/kb-question/kb-question-3816

  • You can stay for 9 months in an 18 month period, and you only stayed for 2 weeks. I think you're fine as you're nowhere near the 9 month stay limit – Midavalo Dec 4 '19 at 16:29
  • @Midavalo so is it safe to say that I can apply for another visitor visa for next year? – Coco Dec 4 '19 at 16:31
  • @coco I don't see any issue with it, but I don't know for sure (I am from New Zealand originally so I've never needed to apply for a visa). Was your visa single-entry or is it valid for multiple entries or a set amount of time? – Midavalo Dec 4 '19 at 16:33
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    @Midavalo it is only single-entry visa. – Coco Dec 4 '19 at 16:34
  • @Coco I believe you're safe to apply again, but as I say above I don't know for sure. – Midavalo Dec 4 '19 at 16:39
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You need not worry, since your original tourist visa is now void since you have departed New Zealand and returned home.

You are taking the correct steps in applying for a business visitor visa, since the nature of your next trip is for business purposes.

Just keep in mind the requirements for such a visa. According to the NZ Immigration official website for business visitor visas:

Business reasons

Visitors coming to New Zealand for less than 3 months may be granted a Business Visitor Visa for any of the following reasons:

  • to carry out an official trade mission recognised by the New Zealand government
  • to sell goods and services in New Zealand
  • to buy New Zealand goods and services
  • to negotiate or discuss the set-up, expansion or wind-up of a business in New Zealand
  • to carry out any business with the authorised representatives of an overseas company, body or person.
  • To carry out any other work activities, or stay longer than 3 months, you'll need to apply for a work visa.

To answer your question:

Can I enter New Zealand again after receiving a tourist visa last March?

Yes, you can re-enter New Zealand on new (business visitor) visa. The 9 month stay limit is only for tourist visas, while the business visitor visa allows only 3 month stay limit. These are different visas with different rules. Luckily, you have stayed within the rules on your tourist visa, and are eligible for future visas in NZ.

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    Thank you Aussie for answering my question! I appreciate it :) – Coco Dec 4 '19 at 17:35

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