Citizens from a number of countries can travel to New Zealand for business without applying for a Business Visitor Visa for different periods depending on their nationality.
It is mandatory for travellers from visa waiver countries to have an NZeTA in order to visit the country for business purposes, starting October 1st, 0219.
Eligible citizens can obtain an electronic travel authorisation through a simple online application and receive an approved NZeTA via email, eliminating the need to visit an embassy or consulate.
The eTA New Zealand can be used for business trips by eligible travellers (see detailed list below).
The eTA New Zealand for Business is a multiple entry travel authorisation that allows stays of up to 90 days each, except for UK nationals, which are granted 6 months per trip. The NZeTA is valid for a total of 2 years from the date of issue.
Travellers that are not eligible to apply for the NZeTA before a business trip are required to obtain a Business Visitor Visa for New Zealand in order to enter the country to conduct business activities.
NZeTA eligible nationalities for business travel to New Zealand
Business people holding a passport from any of the following visa waiver countries can travel to New Zealand for business with an NZeTA:
– All European Union citizens:
– Other Countries:
UK passport holders can conduct business in New Zealand for up to 6 months with an NZeTA.
Australian permanent residents, regardless of their nationality, are required to submit an eTA New Zealand application before travelling to the country for business, however, they are not charged the IVL.
Citizens of Australia are not required to obtain an eTA to travel to New Zealand on business.
New Zealand eTA requirements for business trips
In order to submit an eTA New Zealand application for business travel, it is necessary to have a passport from one of the eligible New Zealand eTA visa waiver countries that remains valid for at least 3 months after the intended date of departure from the country.
Business travellers are also required to have a valid credit or debit card in order to pay the NZeTA processing fee, as well as a small tourist tax, the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL).
The IVL has been introduced by the government of New Zealand as a way for travellers to the country to help with the protection of the unique natural environment they enjoy during their stay and contribute to the tourism infrastructure of New Zealand.
Finally, it is also necessary to provide a current email address to which the approved NZ Electronic Travel Authorisation will be sent before the business trip, as well as any updates and notifications about the status of the NZeTA application.
NZeTA application for business travel
Eligible business travellers can apply for the NZeTA before a business trip to New Zealand through the online NZeTA application form, which only takes a few minutes to complete with personal, passport, and travel information, including:
- Travel purpose
- Current address
- Passport number and issue/expiry date
- History of criminal convictions
It is essential for business people applying for the NZeTA for to ensure that all the information has been entered correctly before submitting the form, as even small mistakes may result in a delay in receiving the approved eTA or the rejection of the application.
Most NZeTA applications are processed and approved in 1 to 2 business days. Business travellers are advised to submit their application ahead of time.
Those with an approved NZeTA who intend to do business for longer than the 90 days permitted with each entry are required to apply for the relevant visa. Please note that an overstayed New Zealand eTA may incur severe penalties including criminal charges, deportation, and a temporary ban from travelling to the country.
Those who wish to undertake permanent salaried employment in the country are not allowed to do so with the NZ eTA and are required to apply for a work visa for New Zealand.
Business visitor visa for New Zealand
Citizens of non-visa waiver countries who are not eligible to apply for an eTA New Zealand prior to a business trip and are, instead, required to obtain an NZ Business Visitor Visa from an embassy or consulate in order to visit the country for business activities. Applicants are required to provide proof of sufficient funds to cover the duration of their stay.
Both the eTA and the business visa for New Zealand allow the holder to visit the country for up to 3 months for the following activities:
- To sell goods and services
- To buy New Zealand goods and services
- To carry out an official trade mission recognised by the New Zealand government
- To undertake business consultations or negotiations with authorised representatives of an overseas company, body or person about the set-up, expansion or wind-up of a business in New Zealand, or conducting business in the country
Business people who wish to spend more than 3 months in the country for business activities, or undertake salaried employment, will be required to apply for a New Zealand work visa.