The Electronic Travel Authority for New Zealand (eTA), is applicable to citizens from all countries that share a visa waiver agreement with NZ. Starting October 1st, 2019, visitors arriving from any of the 60 visa waiver countries are required to apply for an eTA to enter the island country.
This, of course, invites the question of whether it is necessary to have an eTA New Zealand transit visa waiver on a stop-off to the country while traveling to another destination.
We are going to fully explain the requirements of the new system so you know exactly what type of documentation you are required on a stop-off visit to New Zealand.
Foreign citizens transiting through NZ are required to have an approved NZeTA for transit. However, they are not charged the associated IVL.
Please note the eTA transit does not allow travellers to exit the New Zealand airport so if you have a long stopover and would like to see the city, you will need to apply for New Zealand Tourist Visa and pay the IVL.
However, travellers from the 60 visa waiver countries are required to apply for an NZeTA in order to visit the island country as well as when passing through NZ en route to another destination.
Do I need an eTA to transit through New Zealand?
It is obligatory to have a transit eTA if you’re passing through New Zealand on your way to another country or destination and you are a citizen of a visa waiver or transit visa waiver country, from October 1st, onwards. An NZ transit eTA allows visitors to pass through Auckland International Airport on the way to another destination.
From 1st October, 2019, it is obligatory for all citizens from the 60 visa exempt countries, well as citizens from the transit visa exempt countries to pre-register an eTA application online in order to visit the country. This is also applicable for visa exempt travelers transiting through Auckland International Airport on the way to another destination. This includes visa waiver citizens in transit through New Zealand to or from Australia.
Please note that New Zealand has a different visa waiver agreement for transit visas, which includes a different set of countries. The list of nations and territories not required to apply for an NZ visa for transit purposes, but required to apply for an NZeTA for transit is detailed below:
– All European Union citizens:
– Other Countries:
List of NZ Transit Visa Waiver Countries
Individuals carrying passports from one of the following countries are included in New Zealand’s transit waiver agreement:
- Costa Rica
- Federated States of Micronesia
- Papua New Guinea
- Republic of Marshall Islands
- Solomon Islands
The electronic travel authority for New Zealand is valid for a total of 2 years from the date of approval, meaning there is no need to apply for the eTA before each transit trip to the country.
A few situations where you might need a New Zealand Transit Visa
Aside from travellers visiting the country as part of a vacation with an approved NZeTA for tourism, there are a few other individuals who need a completed and approved New Zealand eTA for transit. These include:
- People travelling to New Zealand as a stop off point to another worldwide destination
- Tourists with onward travel to Antarctica
- Members of an airline’s in-flight crew
- Those working on a cruise ship which is calling at one of the country’s ports (these rules, however, do not apply for other commercial shipping workers or members of a visiting force).
What do I need in order to get a New Zealand eTA Transit Visa Waiver?
Getting a transit visa for New Zealand is a relatively straightforward process. Simply follow the New Zealand eTA application instructions, fill in the required personal, passport, and travel information, answer a few health and security questions, and you can get your 2-year visa waiver online.
Please note that as a transit passenger you can only travel through Auckland International Airport where you must stay in the transit area of the airport or on board your craft.
Visitors intending to leave the airport and enjoy a stay in New Zealand are able to apply for an NZeTA to enter the country at any point of entry. Eligible citizens are unable to transit through the eTA New Zealand to Wellington airport or Christchurch airport.
New Zealand Transit eTA Application Essentials
These are the most important things you need to do when you apply for your eTA for transit to New Zealand:
- Complete the eTA NZ form
- Make sure your passport has up to 3 months validity remaining from the date(s) on which you intend to pass through NZ
- Pay the eTA fee with a valid debit or credit card
Once you’ve completed these steps and it’s been approved, your New Zealand eTA for transit will be available to download online. If you’re unsure of any of the essentials for the eTA New Zealand transit visa waiver be sure to double-check the New Zealand eTA requirements before making your application.
Although most eTA NZ applications are processed in 1 business day, applicants for the transit eTA for New Zealand are advised to submit an application at least 3 business days before the intended date of arrival, to allow for sufficient time for the travel authorization to be processed before passing through the country.