New Zealand Transit Visa

Do I need an NZeTA for Transit or a New Zealand Transit Visa?

The Electronic Travel Authority for New Zealand (NZeTA), is applicable to citizens from all transit visa waiver countries or visa waiver countries. From the beginning of October 2019, travellers holding passports from transit visa waiver countries or visa waiver countries with a layover in Auckland International Airport en route to a third-country destination are required to apply for a Transit eTA to pass through the island country.

Foreign citizens from transit visa waiver countries that are transiting through NZ are required to have an approved NZeTA for transit. However, they are not charged the associated IVL.

List of Transit visa waiver countries

Individuals carrying passports from one of the following countries are included in New Zealand’s transit waiver agreement and are required to carry a Transit NZeTA for stopovers in Auckland International Airport:

  • Bahamas
  • Bermuda
  • Bolivia
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Indonesia
  • Kiribati
  • Nauru
  • Palau
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Republic of Marshall Islands
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Thailand
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela

Please note the Transit NZeTA does not allow travellers to exit the New Zealand airport.

List of visa waiver countries

Transit passengers from one of the visa waiver countries with a stopover in Auckland International Airport on the way to a different country are required to carry a Transit NZeTA.

Travellers with a long stopover who would like to exit Auckland International Airport to tour the city will need to apply for:

  • A Tourism NZeTA if they are from a visa waiver country
  • A New Zealand Tourist Visa if they are from a visa-required country

Citizens holding passports from the following visa waiver countries are eligible to apply for a Tourism NZeTA, which will allow them to leave the airport and visit Auckland if they have a long stopover in New Zealand:

– All European Union citizens:

– Other Countries:

Do I need an eTA to transit through New Zealand?

Citizens passing through New Zealand on their way to another country or destination are know as transit passengers.

Travellers in any of the following situations that are transiting through New Zealand need to carry a Transit NZeTA from October 1st, 2019, onwards:

  • Citizens of a visa waiver country
  • Nationals of a transit visa waiver country
  • Australian permanent resident visa holders that allow them to return to Australia from overseas
An NZ Transit eTA allows visitors to pass through Auckland International Airport and remain in the transit area or on board their aircraft on the way to another destination.

From the 1st of October, 2019, it is obligatory for all citizens from the 60 visa waiver countries, as well as citizens from the transit visa waiver countries to pre-register an eTA application online in order to pass through the country.

This is also applicable for visa exempt travellers 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.

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 through the country.

Situations where travellers might need a New Zealand Transit Visa instead of a Transit NZeTA

Travellers who do not fall under any of the following instances could need an approved New Zealand Transit Visa:

  • New Zealand passport holders, residence class visa holders or temporary entrance class visa holders with travel conditions
  • Visa waiver citizens holding a Transit NZeTA
  • Transit visa waiver citizens holding a Transit NZeTA
  • Australian visa holders who hold a Transit NZeta whose destination after transiting through NZ is Australia
  • Passenger travelling from Australia holding a Transit NZeTA
  • Individual classified by the Minister as eligible for a Transit visa waiver

What do I need in order to get a New Zealand Transit eTA?

Getting a Transit NZeTA for New Zealand is a straightforward process.

Applicants must have the following at hand in order to apply for a Transit NZeTA:

  • An eligible passport that remains valid for at least 3 months past the intended transit date
  • A current email address where the applicant will receive their NZeTA once it is approved, as well as notifications regarding their request
  • A valid credit or debit card to cover the fees

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 carefully review the data to ensure it coincides exactly with the way it is printed on the traveller’s passport.

Once the NZeTA application form has been completed, the system will automatically determine that the citizen needs a Transit NZeTA and calculate the applicable fees for their situation.

Please note that transit passengers can only travel through Auckland International Airport where they must stay in the transit area of the airport or on board their craft.

Visitors holding a passport from a visa waiver country intending to leave the airport and enjoy a stay in New Zealand are able to apply for an NZeTA for Tourism to enter the country. Eligible citizens are unable to transit with the eTA New Zealand through 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 through New Zealand:

  • Complete the eTA NZ form
  • Make sure your passport has 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 the applicant has completed the New Zealand application and their document has been approved, the New Zealand eTA for transit will be available to download online.

Travellers unsure of the essentials for the eTA New Zealand for transit can go over the New Zealand eTA requirements before filling our their 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 authorisation to be processed before passing through the country.