There is now an express option for the New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA), which allows applicants to receive their approved travel documentation within an hour.
The NZeTA is an essential travel document needed by all visitors from visa waiver countries except Australia. Under normal circumstances, it takes a few business days at most to process an NZeTA application.
The rapid processing time of the express NZeTA application gives last-minute applicants the chance to get the required documentation before they arrive in New Zealand. This is ideal for travellers who have forgotten to apply in good time or need the travel authorization urgently for any other reason.
Discover how to make an express NZeTA application and how this rapid service could save a holiday.
Who Needs Express Processing of Their NZeTA?
The option to get the NZeTA in an hour was introduced to ensure that travellers who are already on their way to New Zealand can get permission to enter the country.
It is recommended that all overseas travellers check the visa requirements and obtain all relevant documentation with plenty of time before their journey.
That said, there are a number of circumstances that could result in would-be visitors having to apply for an NZeTA at the last minute.
Arriving at the Airport Without an NZeTA
Some travellers do not realise that NZeTA is a necessity for visitors from visa-exempt countries. However, the New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority is not a visa, but a travel authorization. All visa-exempt travellers must have one instead of a visa.
Those who are unaware of this usually find out at the airport. Airlines may not let passengers board a flight to New Zealand if they do not have an approved NZeTA.
In this situation, the express option to receive the document within an hour could save the day, ensuring that the traveller can board the aircraft and enter New Zealand when they arrive.
What Happens to the NZeTA if You Replace Your Passport?
Another problem that can occur is if an individual has had to replace their passport since they obtained the NZeTA.
The Travel Authority is digitally linked to the passport registered in the online application. If a passport is lost, stolen, damaged, or expires, the NZeTA becomes invalid. The traveller must reapply using their new passport.
If a traveller is unaware of this until they are on their way to New Zealand, they will need to use the express option to have their new NZeTA processed in one hour.
How Long Does the NZeTA Take to Process?
A New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority application form takes a few minutes to complete and once submitted, the application is processed very quickly. The majority of applicants receive their NZeTAs within 24 hours of applying and almost all cases are resolved within 3 business days.
However, in urgent cases where the NZeTA is needed immediately, the applicant can choose the express processing service, which will return the approved NZeTA to them within one hour.
How to Select Express NZeTA in One Hour
First, the traveler must complete the application form, entering their basic personal information, passport details, and answering some security questions.
Before entering their payment details, they will be asked to select either “standard processing time” or “urgent guaranteed processing in less than 1 hour”.
The applicant must simply select the second option.
What Can Delay a New Zealand eTA Application?
Various things can cause an application for the New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority to be delayed.
The most common reason for a delay in the processing of the NZeTA is small errors on the application form. Applicants should be very careful when completing the form and double-check for typographical errors (typos).
It is easy to make slight mistakes in details such as your passport number and email address. For this reason, it is important to check and make sure that this information is correctly written.
Check You Are Eligible to Apply for the NZeTA
It is also important to make sure that you are eligible for the NZeTA before applying. Nationals of 60 different countries and territories can obtain an NZeTA to visit New Zealand for up to 90 days for the purposes of tourism or business.
However, individuals who fall into the following categories will encounter problems if they attempt to apply, since they are not eligible for the NZeTA:
- Visitors from visa-exempt countries who plan to stay longer than 90 days
- Visa-exempt visitors who wish to live and/or work in New Zealand
- Citizens of countries that are not exempt from visa requirements
Travellers from states with visa exemption who plan to stay in New Zealand for longer than 90 days or who want to live or work in the country cannot do so with an NZeTA and will encounter difficulties if they attempt to apply for one. These individuals should apply for the relevant visa and permits.
Nationals of other countries are ineligible for the NZeTA and must apply for a New Zealand visa (except Australian citizens, who can travel freely to New Zealand without a visa or eTA).
Check the NZeTA requirements to find out if you are eligible.