New Zealand eTA requirements

New Zealand eTA visa waiver eligible countries

All NZeTA applicants need to meet the New Zealand eTA requirements for citizens of visa waiver countries.

Regardless of whether they need a tourism NZeTA or a transit NZeTA, all applicants must have a valid passport that does not expire for at least 3 months beyond the intended date of departure from New Zealand. A credit or debit card will also be necessary to cover the fees.

Please note that the tourism NZeTA is only available for passport holders from the 60 eligible countries.

Travellers must be in good health. When requesting the NZeTA, applicants might be asked whether they are visiting the country to receive medical treatment or consultation. Should this be the case, a medical treatment visitor visa should be applied for instead of the electronic Travel Authority.

When requesting the eTA for New Zealand, foreign nationals will also be asked questions about their character. Good character requirements demand that the applicant:

  • Does not have a criminal conviction
  • Has not been deported, removed or excluded from another country

If the New Zealand authorities have a reason to believe the petitioner may pose a risk to the country’s security, public order or public interest, the eTA will not be approved.

New Zealand eTA eligible countries

All passengers arriving onboard a cruise ship, regardless of their nationality, must apply for a tourism NZeTA for cruise ships.

Citizens of 60 nationalities are eligible to travel to New Zealand for up to 90 days visa-free with the NZ electronic Travel Authority.

Since October 2019, it has been mandatory to hold a valid NZeTA to travel to the country.

Additionally, citizens from certain countries are required to apply for a transit NZeTa before departure if their flight has a stopover at Auckland International Airport.

Tourism NZeTA eligible countries

Citizens of the following 60 countries have been asked to apply for a Tourism eTA since October 2019. These are the tourist visa waiver countries for New Zealand:

– All European Union citizens:

– Other countries:

Transit NZeTA eligible countries

Passport holders from any of the following countries with a layover in Auckland International Airport en route to a third-country destination must apply for a transit NZeTA.

These are the transit visa waiver countries for New Zealand:

  • 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

Country special conditions:

Passport holders from the following nations must comply with the country-specific requirements to apply for an eTA:

  • Estonia: Citizens only
  • Hong Kong: HKSAR or British National-Overseas passport holders only
  • Latvia: Citizens only
  • Lithuania: Citizens only
  • Macau: Macau Special Administrative Region passport holders only
  • Portugal: Must have the right to reside permanently in Portugal
  • Taiwan: Must have the right to reside permanently in Taiwan
  • The United Kingdom: Must have the right to reside permanently in the UK
  • The United States: Including US nationals

Australian permanent residents holding third-country passports need to apply for an NZeTA visa waiver to travel to New Zealand but are not charged the tourism levy.

Citizens of Australia, however, are an exception. Australians can continue to travel to New Zealand visa-free and are not required to apply for an eTA visa waiver either.

The following citizens are also exempt from applying for an eTA to enter New Zealand:

  • 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

Passport and eTA requirements for New Zealand

Regardless of a citizen’s nationality, it is necessary to have a passport valid for at least 3 months beyond the intended date of departure from New Zealand.

Please note, NZeTA tourism is only available to passport holders from the 60 eligible countries as well as cruise ship passengers of all nationalities and permanent residents of Australia.

Visitors that fulfil the NZeTA requirements detailed above can apply for an eTA New Zealand by filling out the form with their personal data, passport details and travel information.