What is the eTA New Zealand?
The eTA for New Zealand (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) is an electronic travel authorisation for citizens of visa waiver countries. The NZeTA launched in August 2019 and although it is not a visa, it is a mandatory entry document since October 2019. Eligible travellers can easily obtain their NZeTA to visit the country.
The Tourism NZeTA is obligatory for the following passengers entering New Zealand:
- Citizens of all 60 visa waiver countries
- Cruise travellers of all nationalities
The Transit NZeTA is mandatory for transit passengers making a stopover in NZ, who do not hold a New Zealand visa.
Citizens from eTA New Zealand eligible countries and eligible transit passengers can easily obtain an eTA for New Zealand by completing a simple online application form.
There is no need to visit an embassy or consulate and the eTA New Zealand online application form only takes a matter of minutes to complete.
Although most applications are processed in as little as 1 business day, some requests may take up to 72 business hours to be processed.
Once approved, the eTA New Zealand (NZeTA) is sent to the petitioner electronically to the email address the user provides in their application form.
The New Zealand eTA is valid for 2 years from the moment it is granted, and can be used for multiple visits.
To obtain the NZeTA visa waiver, applicants are required to pay a small processing fee and a tourist tax known as the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL).
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 eTA NZ application form for citizens of visa waiver countries requires visitors to answer a series of questions by entering personal information such as:
- Full name
- Date of birth
- Passport details
- Travel plans
Applicants also need to answer a few simple questions related to health and security on the New Zealand eTA application form.
Who needs an eTA for New Zealand?
At the moment, citizens from a number of nationalities can travel to New Zealand without a visa for up to 90 days. Nationals from the UK can enter for up to 6 months and Australians hold residency status on arrival.
From the 1st of October 2019 onwards, passport holders from all 60 visa waiver countries (meaning, those who do not need a visa) are required to apply for an NZeTA for tourism before departing towards the country.
Even travellers just transiting through New Zealand on the way to a third-country destination have to obtain an NZeTA for transit.
The eTA New Zealand —for transit or tourism— is valid for a total of 2 years from the date it is issued.
All passport holders from the following 60 nations need an eTA for New Zealand:
– All European Union citizens:
– Other Countries:
Australian permanent residents of third-country nationalities —regardless of whether they carry a passport from an eligible nation or not— need to apply for an eTA but are not charged the associated tourist levy.
Australian citizens are exempt from applying for the eTA NZ.
Other exemptions from the New Zealand eTA include:
- Crew and passengers of a non-cruise vessel
- Crew members on a foreign ship carrying cargo
- Guests of the New Zealand Government
- Foreign citizens under The Antarctic Treaty
- Members of a visiting force and associated crew members
All airline crew and cruise line crew, no matter their nationality, need to ensure their employer has secured a Crew NZeTA on their behalf before departure to New Zealand. Once approved, the Crew NZeTA is valid for up to 5 years.
Travelling with a New Zealand eTA for visa waiver citizens
Visiting New Zealand is an extraordinary experience and its popularity as a tourist destination continues to grow. The scenery is 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 adventurous. It is a world-class location for surfing and skiing.
Organising a holiday with a New Zealand eTA for citizens of visa waiver countries is simple. The process saves visitors the hassle of going to an embassy or consulate to obtain a visa. All applicants need to meet the basic NZeTA requirements and complete the online application prior to their departure.
Visitors to New Zealand are required to present a copy of their eTA NZ to the border authorities upon arrival.
The eTA NZ visa waiver (also known as New Zealand eVisa) is designed to improve border security as visitors will be screened before they depart towards New Zealand and anyone who poses a security risk will be identified. This makes New Zealand safer for locals and visitors alike. Moreover, the eTA NZ makes border crossing quicker and more efficient for international travellers.