On February 25th, 2019, the Government of New Zealand confirmed the launch date and list of eligible nationalities for their new Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA NZ) for citizens of visa waiver countries, airline and cruise crew, and cruise line passengers.
Currently, citizens of 60 countries are able to able to travel to New Zealand without a visa for stays of up to 90 days. However, once the new eTA online system is implemented, citizens of the same visa waiver countries will be required to register a simple New Zealand eTA application form to travel to the country.
New Zealand eTA requirements will involve paying small service fee and tourist tax, the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL), This will help to protect the natural environment the tourist will enjoy during their stay in New Zealand.
The eTA New Zealand is being implemented in order to improve border security and reduce public safety risks to New Zealand, as well as to improve the traveler’s experience in the country. It will allow multiple entries over a total validity period of 2 years (or 5 years for airline or cruise crew).
When is the eTA for New Zealand available?
The Government of New Zealand has finally announced the launch date for the Electronic Travel Authorization for visa-exempt foreign citizens. The New Zealand eTA will be implemented from the 1st of October, 2019.
Eligible travelers will be able to request the eTA from July 2019 in anticipation of future travel, through the simple online application.
Citizens of the 60 visa exempt countries will be able to travel to the country without obtaining a New Zealand tourist visa waiver until October 1st, 2019, when the New Zealand eTA will become mandatory for eligible travelers.
Do I need an eTA for New Zealand?
The New Zealand Government has also confirmed the list of nationalities and persons who will be required to apply for an eTA visa waiver to travel to the country, as well as the exceptions to the rule.
To meet the New Zealand visa requirements for eTA, it will be necessary to have a passport from one of the 60 visa-exempt countries for New Zealand:
– All European Union citizens:
- Czech Republic
- United Kingdom
– Other Countries:
Even if they are only transiting through New Zealand en route to a final destination, passengers from a visa waiver country or a transit visa waiver country are required to hold an eTA from 1 October 2019.
Additionally, all airline crew and cruise line crew, no matter the nationality, will need to apply for a Crew eTA before travelling to New Zealand from 1st October, 2019. The eTA for airline and cruise ship crew will be valid for up to 5 years.
Australian citizens will be exempt from applying for the eTA under a mutual travel agreement with the New Zealand Government. Australian permanent residents will need to apply for an eTA but are not required to pay the associated tourist levy.
Other New Zealand eTA exemptions include:
- Crew and passengers of a non-cruise vessel
- Crew on a foreign ship carrying cargo
- Guests of the New Zealand Government
- Foreign citizens travelling under The Antarctic Treaty
- Members of a visiting force and associated crew members
How Can I Apply for New Zealand eTA?
Those eligible for the New Zealand eTA visa waiver will be able to submit an application from July 2019. From 1st October, 2019, Proof of eTA authorization will be required for the traveler to enter the country to discover New Zealand’s attractions and stunning natural landscapes.
At the moment, the only obligatory New Zealand eTA requirement is having a valid passport from one of the visa waiver countries, or being a airline or cruise crew member of any nationality. Updates on any further requirements will be posted on this website when made available by the Government of New Zealand.
To complete the online eTA application, applicants are required to fill in a range of personal and passport information, and answer a few questions related to health and security matters. In general, ETA requests will take between 5-10 minutes to complete.
Applicants will also need to supply an email address and debit or credit card details to pay the service fee and the 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.
The eTA for New Zealand will be electronically linked to the applicant’s passport, so it’s essential that the traveler makes sure they bring the correct travel document to present at New Zealand border entry points.