The New Zealand eTA application will be quick and straightforward. The online application will only take a matter of minutes to complete and there will be no need to go to an embassy or a consulate.
To successfully submit the New Zealand eTA application form, applicants will need to have a valid passport from one of the 60 eligible countries and meet the other basic NZ eTA requirements. It will also be necessary to pay a small processing fee and a tourist levy for New Zealand using a credit or debit card.
Applicants will be processed quickly and the vast majority will be approved. In rare cases, applications may take longer and additional documentation may be required. Approved eTAs will be sent to applicants by email.
How to apply for a New Zealand eTA
Eligible citizens will be able to complete the New Zealand eTA application form by completing all the sections with the required information. Applicants will need to enter a range of information including:
- Full name
- Date of birth
- Passport details
- Contact information
- Declarations around intention of travel and criminal history
- Optional biometric information (passport photo)
To avoid complications, applicants will need to carefully enter and revise all the data they enter. Any inaccuracies on the New Zealand eTA form could lead to delays and even visa denials.
After an applicant has completed the online eTA New Zealand form and paid the fee and tourist levy using a credit or debit card the initial application will be complete. The vast majority of New Zealand eTA applications will be quickly processed and approved.
New Zealand eTA Registration Process
Applicants from the 60 eligible countries, as well as cruise travelers and crew, will be able to apply for an eTA New Zealand in just a few minutes. The New Zealand eTA registration process will just involve three simple steps:
- Complete the online eTA New Zealand form
- Pay the eTA fee using a credit or debit card
- Receive the eTA visa waiver in your inbox
Australian citizens will be exempt from applying for the eTA under a mutual travel agreement with the New Zealand government. Australian permanent residents will need to apply for an eTA NZ but are not required to pay the associated tourist levy.
Other exemptions from applying for the New Zealand eTA include:
- Guests of the New Zealand Government
- Foreign citizens travelling under The Antarctic Treaty
- Crew and passengers of a non-cruise vessel
- Crew on a foreign ship carrying cargo
- Members of a visiting force and associated crew members
Documents required for a New Zealand eTA application
All applicants will need to have a passport from one of the 60 eligible countries to apply for an eTA New Zealand. Additional documentation may be necessary as the visa waiver requirements have not been finalized.
The visa waivers will be attached to a specific passport which means that the same passport will need to be used for the application and for entering New Zealand. Applicants with more than one passport will need to keep this in mind.