Cruise passengers of all nationalities can apply for an NZeTA instead of a visa when arriving in New Zealand on a cruise ship.
Different rules apply to visitors who fly into New Zealand to join a cruise. More information can be found below.
NZeTA requirements for arriving by cruise ship
Passengers of all nationalities arriving in New Zealand on a cruise ship can apply for the NZeTA instead of a visa.
In order to submit an online application, passengers must first meet the New Zealand eTA requirements 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 NZeTA for tourism 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.
Australian permanent residents of different nationalities are required to submit an eTA application in order to travel to New Zealand on a cruise. However, they are not charged the IVL tourist tax.
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 either.
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 online application is straightforward and can be completed in just a few minutes. Applicants are required to complete the form with their personal and passport information, including:
- First name
- Date of Birth
- Passport number
- Passport issue/expiry date
It is also necessary to declare the purpose of the trip as well as any criminal convictions the applicant may have. Applicants may not travel to New Zealand on an eTA New Zealand for a cruise if the purpose of their visit is receiving medical treatment.
Applicants should 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 the same passport at New Zealand border control as the one used to complete the application.
Applicants with dual citizenship should ensure they bring the correct travel document when entering the country for a cruise.
Step by step NZeTA for cruise application process
Applying for the New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority is a quick, easy process that just involves 3 easy steps you may complete online:
- Fill out the eTA for NZ application form with your personal, contact, and travel information
- Carefully review all your data before continuing to the next step
- Cover the NZeTA application fees as well as the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) fee with a valid credit or debit card
Receive your approved Tourism NZeTA for your cruise at the email address you provided in step 1.
Please note that the IVL is not required with every NZeTA application. Should you be required to pay the IVL, it will be automatically added to your application fee when you reach step 3, as detailed above.
In situations where the IVL is not required, it will not be added to your application fee.
Flying into New Zealand to join a cruise
Travellers who fly into New Zealand to join a cruise ship may only enter the country using an NZeTA if they are from one of the visa-waiver countries.
All other passengers must have the relevant visa for New Zealand to arrive by plane and later embark the cruise ship.
Countries eligible for NZeTA for cruise
There are a number of countries whose citizens require an NZeTA when they fly to New Zealand to board a cruise ship. Passport holders from all of the following countries and territories may apply online for an eTA NZ.
Citizens who carry a passport from a non-eligible country will be required to apply for a traditional New Zealand tourist visa at a New Zealand embassy or consulate before taking a flight to New Zealand.
Foreign nationals with a permanent residence in Australia are required to apply for an NZeTA, regardless of whether their country appears within the list of eligible countries or not. However, they are exempt from paying the associated IVL.
– All European Union citizens:
– Other countries:
Cruise line crew need to make sure their employer has requested the appropriate Crew NZeTA on their behalf prior to departure. The Crew eTA is valid for 5 years from the date of issue.
Passengers who wish to leave the cruise ship to fly home or stay on in New Zealand need to obtain a visa and entry permission if they are not from one of the visa-exempt countries.