Working Holiday New Zealand

New Zealand Working Holiday Visa application – Medical certificate & chest x-ray

November 26, 2018

So you have already done all the application steps before – checked the requirements for New Zealand Working Holiday Visa, prepared for application and successfully filled it in? The last remaining step is to complete your medical assessment and chest x-ray should it be needed.

Our experience with chest x-ray

Since Lithuania is a TB risk country, we were required to provide chest x-ray assessed by New Zealand Immigration approved panel physician. If you are a citizen of a country that doesn’t have a low incidence of TB or you’ve spent more than 3 months in the last 5 years in a country that doesn’t have a low incidence of TB, chances are you will have to provide it too!

I guess the process may vary a bit from person to person and may have changed since 2016 when we applied, but I will share the process from our experience.

Within a day of making the payment, we received an email with a request for a chest x-ray. We were given 15 consecutive days within which the medical examination had to be passed and documents had to be received by the Immigration New Zealand.

Since there is only one panel approved physician in Lithuania, we didn’t have much choice and registered the same day to make sure we make it within 15 days. It is important to indicate you are registering for New Zealand Working Holiday Visa examination when calling.

The price for medical examination will vary from country to country, so you’ll have to do your own research. As for Lithuanians, it cost us 50 € back in 2016, while nowadays (2018) the price is 75 € to my knowledge.

The process was rather simple to be fair. Even though Lithuania is an eMedical country, we still each had to bring a print out of Chest X-Ray Certificate form, our passports (they made a copy of it to attach to the examination) and a recent passport-size colour photo to be attached to the form. That is because the panel physician himself did not perform the x-ray, he just processed the documentation and general health assessment. Afterwards, we were sent to a public clinic, where the x-ray was actually performed. Later we returned to the panel physician with the results and were done! From there he uploaded the results through eMedical and our Working Holiday Visas were approved within a week.

What to bring to your doctor’s appointment?

  • An identity document (it is highly recommended to use a passport);
  • One recent passport-size colour photograph of yourself in the space provided. The photograph must be no more than six months old.
  • Glasses or contact lenses, if prescribed;
  • A list and dosage of any medication you are taking;
  • Any relevant medical reports or x-rays;
  • If you’re using an immigration adviser, a completed ‘Immigration Adviser Details’ form;
  • If required, a print out of the Certificate required (Chest x-ray Certificate or/and General Medical Certificate).

You are in a country where eMedical is available

If you are currently in a country where eMedical is available, your panel physician will electronically complete and send your medical information directly to Immigration New Zealand. You are not required to do anything unless requested to print out and bring a form when registering.

  • Check the list and find the nearest approved panel physician.
  • Once you have completed your medical assessment, your panel physician will submit the results directly to Immigration New Zealand. Please do not email your NZER unless requested by your case officer.
  • Due date for your medical information is 15 consecutive days from the date you submitted your application. It must be received by Immigration New Zealand within this period.

 If you’re not from an eMedical country

If you’re not from an eMedical country, you’ll also need to bring the following items to your medical appointment:

  • 3 recent passport-sized photos, or only one if you’re having a chest x-ray and not a medical examination – photos must be less than 6 months old
  • printed medical certificates for the examining physician to complete – you’ll need to include the completed certificates with your visa application.
  • All x-ray and medical certificates must be completed in English.


Once the medical certificate/chest x-ray certificate is provided, you’ll just have to wait for an email response from the assigned immigration officer, that can take up to 30 days, though usually shouldn’t take longer than few weeks. Good luck and I hope you’ll have fun in New Zealand!

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Information on medical certificate and chest x-ray requirements for New Zealand Working Holiday Visa


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    November 28, 2018

    Interesting, I never knew that they sometimes required this! Seems like it would be super expensive. Good to know! Thanks for the post.


Ruta & Algirdas

We're Ruta & Algirdas - storytellers, world travelers, photography and filmmaking enthusiasts. Our best days are spent admiring planet Earth - exploring, tasting, breathing in all it has to offer. Now, after a year spent living van life in New Zealand, we're enjoying the hustle and bustle of Vietnam. Packing bags and embarking on an adventure is easier than it may seem - just have the courage.

  • Back in November we did the Tongariro Norther Circuit track and it was nothing less than glorious and felt exactly like stepping right into the #MiddleEarth. 
All those dark rocks and wastelands, steaming mountain slopes, the smell of sulfur in the air and just that feel of something bigger than you. 
Even though, we got some rain, cold winds and annoying sandfly attacks (at the first campsite by the stream), the track was mesmerizing and magical every step of the way. As beside the latter, it also offered the most beautiful night sky I've ever witnessed and the most breathtaking views. Though sadly, for all its beauty, the mountain also claimed the sacrifice of beloved #rayban sunnies. 😎

We did the track anticlockwise and if I had to choose I would do so all over again. Mostly because I prefer the solitude in our hikes and this option allowed us to enjoy it for most of the way during the 3 days on a track. Though this spot at Emerald lakes was exactly the place where we had to pass the crowds of day walkers doing the Tongariro crossing. While I have nothing against it, it is much more enjoyable wandering the mountains all by yourself (well, maybe sharing with few others) rather than walking in a crowd of hundreds  of other people (who are always always somewhere in your shot). Lucky for us, we only shared the track with others for an hour or so while passing through the crowd at the Red Crater. The crowd finally passed and we got back to our solitude of enjoying the view of Emerald Lakes, Red Crater and mountain peaks which were followed by the way down the Devil Stairs and incredible sunset with a stunning view of Taranaki at a distance. 
Anyway, I guess what I wanna say is - if you ever have a chance, go and do the Northern Circuit!
  • When I get the feeling that something's going wrong, I just take a stroll through my photos and they immediatly bring me back to those special moments when everything in the universe lined out just as it was supposed to and nothing could ever ruin it! And that's enough to just grab and hold on to that happiness that will forever be mine.
  • Well here's one more photo of this amazing lady and her heart-warming smile! I sure miss those evening strolls by the river in Hoi An where life never stops.
  • How really relative is time? 
Seems like over the past year and a half of travelling I've lived more than a decade. Yet it has been nearly 3 months since we got back home, settled in new home and started new jobs. Even though time flies by, life seems stuck at one place, like living the same day over and over again. It is hard to get over traveling and facing the steady life reality - like getting over an addiction for new exciting experiences when you itch for a new 'dose'. Yet can't deny that stability has its own perks. 
Still, funny when you think how relative time really is. Sometimes a month can fit experiences of a year and another month can fly by in an instance and you realuze that nothing really happened. Anyway, I've been gone for the past few months but I guess it was part of dealing with my post-travel blues settling in a new steady routine. 
How have you been lately?
  • Wandering those beautiful ancient streets of Hoi An, I couldn't take my eyes away from the beautiful old ladies selling water lanterns. So many stories they could tell, so many people they've met, so many troubles they've endured and yet they greet you with a wide smile from ear to ear offering to buy a wish in a form of a river lantern costing just a few cents. No matter what, every night you'll find them in their usual spot - day after day, year after year just trying to make a living. It amazes me how after all their troubles and worries, and all the rude passers by  encountered, they still manage to smile at you with all their kindness offering to buy that one lantern for a wish which eventually will help their family wishes come true, or at least will let them put a meal on a table. Even if you don't buy, don't forget to treat one another with a kindness and a smile.
  • So this one finalize my series of the camping shots I took back while doing the Tongariro Northern Circuit. 
Funny story: while I spent the night outside shooting stars, a guy came out of a nearby tent. I silently said "isn't the sky just incredible?" He got startled as appearantly didn't notice me before. Then he took a look up and said 'yeah, it really is'. After a few minutes just staring at the sky he went to the outhouse toilet and back to sleep. 
Only in the morning I heard him telling a story to his friends how he woke in the middle of the night wishing to quickly take a piss just outside the tent as was too lazy to go to the toilet. But it was when a girl out of nowhere interrupted him and made him look up at the stars. Eventually he ended up having to go to the toilet in the middle of the night but if it wasn't for me, he said he may have never seen the beauty of that incredible sky.

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