Set in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, New Zealand is a beautiful country with a population of just 4.8 million people. The country we all fell in love with thanks to The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, welcomed 3.73 million foreign visitors in 2017, 6.7 percent more than the previous year. As tourism rises, the government of New Zealand will introduce the eTA New Zealand, a travel authority to visit the country.
The eTA for New Zealand, an Electronic Travel Authority, is a visa waiver that will be launched in July 2019. Citizens of 60 eligible countries will be able to obtain this travel authority by completing the New Zealand eTA application form. To successfully obtain this visa waiver, applicants will be required to provide their personal details and passport information.
What are the New Zealand visa requirements?
In order to apply for the New Zealand eTA the traveler will be required to meet the New Zealand visa requirements. This will include having a passport from an eligible country with at least three months validity from the expected date of departure.
The eTA will be available for citizens of the 60 visa-exempt countries for New Zealand. These include Canada, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, Republic of South Korea, the United States, and Japan.
Citizens of Australia will continue to be allowed visa-free travel to New Zealand, although Australian permanent residents will be required to apply for an eTA (but not to pay the associated tourist levy).
Applicants will also need to supply an email address and debit or credit card details to pay the service fee and a tourist levy for New Zealand. An email address is needed to get the respective notifications in regards to the status of the New Zealand eTA application.
Why visit New Zealand?
Depending on where you live, a trip to New Zealand could take several hours. However, a long journey will be worth it. Once you arrive in the country, you will be mesmerized by its natural parks, vibrant Māori culture, extreme sports options and stunning beaches.
The region has two main landmasses, the North Island and the South Island along with 600 smaller islands. New Zealand is home to enchanting forests, impressive mountains, and inspiring lakes making it the perfect destination to be one with nature. The Heaphy and Milford Tracks is one epic walk. You can also go mountain biking or canoeing while getting to know New Zealand.
The Māori culture will definitely grab your attention. During your stay, you most likely will hear the Māori language or witness a cultural performance, such as a war dance. The Māori design has inspired many tattoo artists around the world and in NZ you will be able to understand their artistry better.
The country is extremely well organized, with trains and buses running on time and roads being in good shape. New Zealand isn’t a tourist destination like many others where you need to watch out for scams, you will feel safe while traveling around the country.
Though NZ isn’t necessarily famous for its food, the culinary scene has certainly evolved in recent years. While you can always have the British-influenced classics such as fish and chips, you will find dishes with lamb, oysters and scallops too. Vegan and vegetarian options are becoming more prominent throughout the country.
Some of the main attractions in NZ include:
- Queenstown: “the adventure capital of the world” is the birthplace of bungee jumping and that’s just the beginning. Besides extreme experiences, here you can enjoy from a cosmopolitan dining and arts scene.
- Abel Tasman National Park: this is New Zealand’s most popular Great Walk. It’s the ideal place to do some hiking, kayaking, or cruising. Discover its hidden coves and beaches to rest and soak up the sun.
- Blue Penguin Colony: animal lovers can rejoice and meet these incredible creatures. The center conservation work will help you understand how they’ve been able to increase the penguin population.
- Milford Sound: Rising above the fiord’s indigo water is the impressive Mitre Peak. A picture-perfect spot that will astound you.
If you are planning to travel to New Zealand in the coming months be sure to check the country’s entry requirements. Always travel with a valid passport and the necessary authorization or visa. From October 2109, the New Zealand eTA might be one of the requirements you need in order to visit the country.