From October 1st, 2019, a visa waiver registry for New Zealand will be obligatory. Eligible travellers must apply for the NZeTA (electronic travel authorization) in order to travel to the country for short stays. The eTA for New Zealand allows multiple entries to the country during its 2-year validity.
Apart from citizens of visa waiver countries, airline and cruise line crew of all nationalities are required to submit an online eTA New Zealand form and obtain a crew eTA before travelling to the country. The Crew eTA is valid for 5 years from the date of issue. Passengers of cruise liners from visa-exempt countries are also required to obtain an eTA New Zealand for a cruise entering the country.
NZ eTA Requirements for Arriving by Cruise Ship
Citizens from visa-exempt countries can now apply for an online visa waiver, the NZ eTA. From October 1st, 2019, citizens of 60 eligible countries need to apply for an NZ eTA before travelling to the country on a cruise ship.
In order to submit an online application, cruise line passengers must first meet the eTA requirements for New Zealand for a cruise, which include having a passport valid for at least 3 months beyond the intended date of departure from New Zealand, and a current email address.
It is also necessary to provide valid credit or debit card details in order to pay the NZ eTA fee, as well as the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL). The IVL is a small tourist tax which has been introduced as a way for travellers to contribute to the touristic infrastructure of New Zealand and help to protect the natural environment they will experience during their stay.
It should be noted that crew and passengers of a non-cruise vessel, or crew on a foreign vessel carrying cargo, are not required to apply for an eTA. Australian citizens do not require an eTA, although Australian permanent citizens are required to submit an eTA application in order to travel to New Zealand on a cruise. However, they are not required to pay the IVL tourist tax.
Applying for the eTA New Zealand for a Cruise
It is possible to apply for the eTA New Zealand for a cruise on your smartphone, tablet, or personal computer, as long as you have an internet connection.
The eTA New Zealand by cruise ship application online is straightforward and can be completed in just a few minutes. Applicants are required to complete the form with a range of personal and passport information, including:
- First name
- Date of Birth
- Contact number
- Passport number
- Passport issue/expiry date
It is also necessary to declare the intention of travel and any criminal convictions the applicant may have. Applicants for the eTA New Zealand for a cruise must not intend to travel to New Zealand for purposes of medical treatment.
Applicants should also ensure that all of the information provided on the eTA form is correct, as even small mistakes are likely to result in the rejection of the NZeTA for a cruise.
The approved eTA New Zealand for a cruise is sent to the email address provided on the application form and remains electronically linked to the applicant’s passport. It is necessary to present exactly the same passport at New Zealand border control as the one used to complete the eTA application, so applicants with dual citizenship should ensure they bring the correct travel document when entering the country for a cruise.