New Zealand is an otherworldly experience with the most fascinating natural attractions, such as the hot water beach, the dramatic scenery of marine life seen very close to the shore, magical diving spots, hundreds of waterfalls, the Southern Lights (Aurora Australis) and its reflections on the glassy waters, active volcanic panoramic views, and crater lakes; it is paradise on earth.
At the time being, 60 visa-exempt nationals are eligible to visit New Zealand visa-free for periods of up to 90 consecutive days, including Argentinians.
However, New Zealand’s requirements for visa-exempt nationals will be changing and by 1 October 2019, obtaining an Electronic Travel Authorization New Zealand (eTA) prior to departure will become mandatory. Together with the eTA, New Zealand will introduce the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL), which is a small payment required from visitors to contribute in protecting and helping the natural environment and infrastructure.
Applying for the eTA NZ for Argentinian citizens will be very simple and quick, taking up to a maximum of 10 minutes to complete. Once obtained, the NZ eTA will be electronically linked to the travelers’ passports, removing the need for any passport stamps upon arrival.
Do Argentinian citizens Need a Visa for New Zealand?
At the moment, Argentinian citizens can visit New Zealand for touristic purposes visa-free for up to 90 days. Argentinian passport holders are allowed visa-free entrance in 171 countries worldwide.
Historically, New Zealand and Argentina maintain strong and healthy relationships in agricultural trade, science and research, Southern Ocean and Antarctica protection, and human rights among others.
However, starting from 1 October 2019, Argentinian citizens will have to obtain the New Zealand eTA for touristic purposes before departure from their home country. Applications for the NZ eTA for citizens of Argentina will be open sooner, starting from 1 August 2019.
The eTA will be implemented to permit New Zealand authorities better vigilance of visa-exempt nationals in order to improve national and cross-border security.
The NZ eTA will be valid for 2 years, allowing multiple entries and maximum stays of 90 consecutive days. The IVL will have to be paid only once for the duration of the eTA validity.
*Note: The eTA NZ will be valid for 2 years or until the traveler’s passport expiry date, whichever comes first.
eTA New Zealand Document Requirements for Citizens of Argentina
For a successful application to the eTA NZ for Argentinian citizens, the following are the documents required:
- Passport, valid for at least 3 months after the intended exit from New Zealand
- A completed New Zealand eTA for Argentina application form
- Valid email address
- NZ eTA and IVL payment with a valid debit or credit card
- A bio page scan of the corresponding passport
- A recent passport-size photograph
- Security clearance document with history of criminal conviction
- The purpose of travel
- Travel/health insurance (optional)
In addition, residents of Argentina must also provide a valid residence permit in Argentina.
What’s more, transit passengers are required to obtain a New Zealand eTA from Argentina for transit purposes before departure.
All applicants must apply individually for the New Zealand eTA from Argentina, including family members and minors traveling together.
If planning to apply on behalf of other family members, it must be specified on the application form together with an explanation of the relationship to the applicant. Whereas, legal parents or guardians applying on behalf of minors must disclose a document proving the relationship.
New Zealand eTA Application for Argentinian Citizens
To apply for the online New Zealand eTA, applicants must provide answers to the following basic personal questions:
- Passport information: passport number, expiry date, nationality
- Personal information: full name, address, birthdate
- Security information: history of criminal conviction
- Health history information: medical history and vaccinations
- Travel plans: hotel bookings, dates
To complete the application form, applicants will take around 10 minutes in total, considering the questions are very simple and straightforward.
Double-checking all provided answers will save applicants from prolonged application screening or rejection.
However, if rejected or canceled, New Zealand eTA application fees will be non-refundable.
How Long Does It Take to Get the New Zealand eTA from Argentina?
It will generally take 4 business days or 72 hours for the applicant to receive a response regarding the eTA New Zealand from Argentina application.
However, applicants are advised to apply at least 7 days before intended departure to allow sufficient time for the screening process. In case any additional documents should be required, there will then be sufficient time for corrections.
Applicants will receive an email containing the NZ eTA once the eTA application is approved. Travelers are advised to bring a PDF format print-out of the eTA for border control.
All applicants holding dual citizenship must show the same passport used when filling out the online NZ eTA application form upon arrival at the airport.