Before travelling, it is essential to determine which entry documents are needed to travel to New Zealand before booking a flight. The requirements you need will vary depending on your nationality, length of stay, and country of residence.
In most cases, foreign visitors travelling to NZ will need a passport with a specific validity as well as an NZeTA, or an appropriate visa.
Read on to learn the necessary travel documents for New Zealand, according to a traveller’s specific case.
What is the New Zealand eTA
The New Zealand eTA is a new system implemented by immigration officials in New Zealand to register travellers from visa-waiver countries entering NZ for tourism or transit purposes. The New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority is mandatory for citizens of the 60 countries whose nationals do not require a visa waiver to visit the country.
– All European Union citizens:
– Other Countries:
The New Zealand eTA can be filled in very quickly from the comfort of a home or office by completing the New Zealand eTA application form. All that is required to apply is a passport issued by one of the eligible countries listed above, a working email address o receive the NZeTA and a debit or credit card with which to pay for it.
Once your New Zealand eTA has been approved it will then be valid for a 2-year period, during which time you can make multiple entries into the country for periods of 3 months at a time. Be aware that there are penalties for overstaying with the New Zealand eTA.
For visitors travelling with children, please be sure to check out the eTA New Zealand for children.
Passport entry requirements for New Zealand
In order to be allowed entry into New Zealand, it is necessary to travel on a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after your expected departure date, in accordance with the regulations established by the New Zealand immigration authorities.
Dual citizens should not that it is essential that the passport being used is the same as the one used to apply for a visa or NZeTA with. Travelling with a second passport or a passport that does not exactly match the visa or New Zealand eTA is grounds for being denied entry.
Going through immigration upon arrival in NZ
On arrival in New Zealand, the immigration officials will review all passengers travel documents and also ask a series of questions to determine eligibility to enter the country. The questions will vary depending on personal circumstances and how long travellers intend to stay. Here are examples of common questions:
- When are you scheduled to leave New Zealand? You may be asked to show your return ticket or an outward ticket towards a destination you are permitted to enter. This may be requested so that immigration can establish that it coincides with the NZeTA requirements and that you are not going to go beyond the stay you are granted.
- How will you support yourself whilst in New Zealand? You may be asked to show a bank statement to prove that you have sufficient funds to take care of yourself for the time that you are spending in New Zealand.
- Do you have any criminal convictions? Have you ever been deported? One area of inquiry at the point of entry into New Zealand regards the traveller’s character. The official may wish to know about any criminal record that you have. This includes whether you have ever been deported from New Zealand or any other country. It is important to answer these questions truthfully. The fact that you have committed a minor offense in the past does not necessarily mean that you cannot travel to New Zealand.
- Are you bringing any food products into New Zealand? New Zealand has a very strict policy regarding what can and cannot be brought into the country, with strict fines for those who break the rules. Meat and meat products, fruit, dairy produce, and honey are among the types of food that cannot be brought into New Zealand.
Remember to apply for a New Zealand eTA (or other visa types such as student visa, work visa etc) with sufficient time available before departure. Provided that visitors have the New Zealand Electronic Travel Authorization, a passport valid for at least 3 months and can satisfactorily answer the immigration questions, entering New Zealand is a simple process.