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Get your health insurance for New Zealand

MSH can help you design the best international health insurance plan to suit your needs.

Going for less than a year?  
We have the right health insurance plan to cover you for 1 to 12 months, whether it's for a personal project, an apprenticeship, a working holiday or any other reason.

Going for a year or more?
Explore our comprehensive and highly flexible health insurance solutions to protect you and your family while you're abroad.



New Zealand


Auckland, Hamilton, Christchurch




Unitary parliamentary representative democracy under constitutional monarchy



WHV New Zealand

Duration: 12 months (and up to 23 months for Canadians) + option of extending for 3 months at the end of the stay

List of participating countries: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, and Vietnam

Cost of the visa: NZ $280 since July 1, 2019

Turnaround time: 1-2 weeks

Application requirements

To apply for a visa for New Zealand, you must:

  • Be between 18 and 30 years old (inclusive) at the time of application (this may vary depending on nationality)
  • Hold a valid passport from any country having signed an agreement with New Zealand
  • Have sufficient funds to meet your needs at the beginning of your stay (NZ $4,200 equivalent to at least €2,500)
  • Not be accompanied by dependents during your stay
  • Not previously have entered New Zealand on a Working Holiday Visa (first application)
  • Have international health insurance for the duration of your stay
  • Apply for a WHV as long as the year's quotas have not been reached


Please note that Working Holiday Visa conditions may vary depending on the country

NB: There is no quota for French, Belgian and Canadian nationals, anyone can get a visa.

How to get your visa

To apply for a visa, you must follow the procedure set out on the New Zealand Immigration website:

After creating an account, you can fill out the online visa application form, pay the fee and submit your application. Depending on your situation, you may also be required to undergo a medical examination by a doctor approved by the New Zealand authorities (but this is not always the case).


Client story: MSH was a lifesaver

Matthieu was hiking in a canyon in Peru when he accidently fell down several meters and fractured his kneecap and elbow: "After 12 days in a local hospital, I was sent back to  France where I spent 2 more weeks in hospital and months in physiotherapy" he remembers. Matthieu's hospitalization, repatriation and rehabilitation expenses were all covered by MSH: "Without my private health insurance, it would have been a nightmare: €16,000 for the hospital and €50,000 for my repatriation with two air ambulances - can you imagine?"
Client story: my second opinion

Petra was very worried about the surgery she'd been prescribed following an accident at home. Before making her decision, she wanted a second opinion. Thanks to her private health insurance, which included the Second Medical Opinion guarantee, she quickly saw another doctor and got all the answers to her questions. The second doctor agreed that surgery was necessary and Petra went to hospital feeling reassured and confident.
Client story: No worries mate!

Tanguy subscribed to Start’Expat to cover his gap year in Australia. He was out roller-skating one day when he slipped and blacked out for a few minutes. A passerby directed him to the nearest hospital for a scan. Fortunately, there was nothing serious and he was delighted to learn that all the expenses from €400 would be paid by MSH in advance, saving him a total of €513 -that's a lot of money for a student!   

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