The New Zealand eTA application is quick and straightforward to complete. The online form will only take a matter of minutes to fill out and there will be no need to go to an embassy or a consulate.
To successfully submit the New Zealand eTA application form, applicants need to have a valid passport from one of the 60 eligible countries and meet the other basic NZ eTA requirements. It is necessary to pay a small processing fee and a tourist levy for New Zealand using a credit or debit card.
Applications are processed quickly and the vast majority are approved within 1 business day, although certain cases may take up to 3 business days to process. In rare cases, applications may take longer and additional documentation may be required. Approved eTAs are securely sent to applicants by email.
How to apply for a New Zealand eTA
Eligible citizens are able to complete the New Zealand eTA application form by completing all the sections with the required information. Applicants 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 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 associated tourist levy using a credit or debit card the initial application will be complete. The vast majority of New Zealand eTA applications are quickly processed and approved.
New Zealand eTA Registration Process
Applicants from the 60 eligible countries, as well as cruise travellers and airline crew, are able to apply for an eTA New Zealand in just a few minutes. The New Zealand eTA registration process involves 3 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 are exempt from applying for the eTA under a mutual travel agreement with the New Zealand government. Australian permanent residents need to apply for an eTA NZ —whether they are nationals of a country eligible for an NZeTA or not— 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 need to have a passport from one of the 60 eligible countries to apply for an eTA New Zealand.
The visa waivers are attached to a specific passport which means that the same passport needs to be used for the application and for entering New Zealand. Applicants with more than one passport need to keep this in mind.