What is the eTA New Zealand?
The eTA for New Zealand (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) is an electronic visa waiver which will be launched in July 2019 and become obligatory for citizens of all 60 visa waiver countries, and all cruise travelers, by October 2019. All airline and cruise line crew will also need to hold a Crew ETA before travelling to New Zealand.
Citizens from eTA New Zealand eligible countries will be able to obtain an eTA for New Zealand by completing a simple online application form.
There will be no need to physically go to an embassy or consulate and the eTA New Zealand online application form will only take a matter of minutes to complete. Once approved, the eTA New Zealand will be sent to the applicant electronically.
The New Zealand eTA will be valid for 2 years and can be used for multiple visits. Applicants will be required to pay a small processing fee and tourist tax, the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL), to obtain the NZ eTA.
The IVL has been introduced as a way for travellers to contribute directly to the tourism infrastructure and help protect the natural environment they enjoy during their stay in New Zealand
The application form will require applicants to answer a series of questions by entering personal information such as their full name, address, date of birth, passport details, and travel plans. There will also be sections on the New Zealand eTA visa form related to health and security.
Who needs an eTA Visa for New Zealand?
At the moment there are a number of nationalities who can travel to New Zealand without obtaining a visa for up to 90 days. Citizens from the UK can enter for up to six months and Australians hold residency status on arrival.
However, once the eTA New Zealand has been implemented, passport holders from all 60 visa waiver countries will be required to apply for an eTA before traveling to the country, even if just transiting through New Zealand on the way to a final destination. The eTA New Zealand is valid for a total of 2 years.
All citizens of the following 60 countries need an eTA for New Zealand:
– All European Union citizens:
- Czech Republic
- United Kingdom
– Other Countries:
All airline crew and cruise line crew, no matter their nationality, will need to apply for a Crew eTA before traveling to New Zealand, which will be valid for up to 5 years.
Australian citizens will be exempt from applying for the eTA NZ. Australian permanent residents will need to apply for an eTA but are not required to pay the associated tourist levy.
Other exemptions from the New Zealand eTA include:
- Crew and passengers of a non-cruise vessel
- Crew on a foreign ship carrying cargo
- Guests of the New Zealand Government
- Foreign citizens travelling under The Antarctic Treaty
- Members of a visiting force and associated crew members.
Traveling with a New Zealand eTA Visa Waiver
Visiting New Zealand is epic and its popularity as a tourist destination continues to grow. The scenery is truly breathtaking and was famously used to shoot the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy as the landscapes are so diverse. Trips to New Zealand can be relaxed or full of adventure. It is a world-class location for surfing and skiing.
Traveling with an eTA New Zealand Visa will be simple. The process will save the hassle of going to an embassy or consulate to obtain a visa. All applicants will just need to meet the basic visa requirements and complete the online application.
Visitors to New Zealand will be able to present a copy of their eTA NZ to the border authorities to gain entry. eTAs will improve border security as visitors will be screened before they arrive and anyone who poses a security risk will be identified.