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 and meet the other basic NZ eTA requirements. It is necessary to pay a small processing fee and a tourist levy for New Zealand (if applicable) using a credit or debit card.
NZeTA 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. Once it is approved, the eTA is securely sent to the applicant by email.
How to apply for a New Zealand eTA
Eligible citizens are able to complete the New Zealand eTA application form by filling out all the sections with the required information. Applicants need to enter their basic information including:
- Full name
- Date of birth
- Passport details
- Contact information
- Travel purpose
- Criminal history
- Biographic details (photo)
To avoid complications, applicants need to carefully revise all the data they enter and ensure it coincides exactly with the information printed on their passport. Any inaccuracies on the New Zealand eTA form could lead to delays or even a denial of their NZeTA request.
After an applicant has entered the required data in the online eTA New Zealand form, the system will automatically determine the correct type of NZeTA according to the citizen’s nationality and purpose of their trip.
The form will then calculate and display the fees required of the applicant which may be covered using a credit or debit card. The vast majority of New Zealand eTA applications are quickly processed and approved.
How to get a New Zealand eTA
Applicants from the 60 eligible countries, cruise travellers of all nationalities, and transit passengers can 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 NZeTA fee and associated tourist levy (if applicable) using a credit or debit card
- Receive the eTA in your inbox
Australian permanent residents of all third-country nationalities need to apply for an eTA NZ but are not charged the associated tourist levy.
Australian citizens are exempt from applying for the eTA under a mutual travel agreement with the New Zealand government.
Other exemptions from applying for the New Zealand eTA include:
- Guests of the New Zealand Government
- Foreign citizens 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
Both NZeTA Tourism and NZeTA Transit applicants need to have a current passport that remains valid at least 3 months beyond the intended date of exit from New Zealand.
Please note the Tourism NZeTA is only available to passport holders from one of the 60 eligible visa waiver countries.
As soon as it is approved, the NZeTA becomes digitally linked to a specific passport which means that the exact same passport needs to be used for the application and for entering New Zealand. Applicants with more than one passport due to dual citizenship need to keep this in mind.
How many entries am I permitted with a New Zealand eTA registration?
The New Zealand eTA for Tourism is a multiple-entry authorisation for citizens of visa waiver countries. Holders of the Tourism eTA NZ are allowed to visit the country on multiple occasions over a 2-year period.
Transit NZeTA holders are allowed to stopover in New Zealand en route to a third-country destination multiple times during the 2-year validity period. Transit NZeTA grants travellers permission to land in New Zealand and to remain in the transit area of the Auckland International Airport or on board their aircraft until their next flight.