The New Zealand eTA Visa Waiver is a mandatory requirement for Austrian travellers visiting the country for tourism and business purposes and stays of up to 90 days. The NZeTA from Austria can be easily obtained using a simple online application process, eliminating the need to visit an NZ embassy or consulate in Austria.
NZeTA stands for New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority and became an obligatory entry requirement for all visa-exempt citizens —including visitors from Austria— who wish to enter NZ from October 1st, 2019, onwards.
Additionally, people from Austria travelling through Auckland International Airport on their way to a final destination are also required to obtain an NZeTA.
The NZeTA requirement applies to visitors who arrive by air and sea alike. This means that cruise passengers must also apply online for a valid eTA. However, cruise crew members should refer to their employer in order to obtain a dedicated authorization for these workers.
eTA NZ Requirements for citizens of Austria
The New Zealand immigration authorities have set some very simple NZeTA requirements in place. All Austrian citizens wishing to obtain the visa waiver must have the following at hand when applying for a New Zealand eTA:
- A current Austrian passport that is valid for at least 3 months beyond the intended departure date from New Zealand
- A valid credit or debit card with which to pay for the NZeTA and International Tourist Levy (if applicable)
- An email address the applicant has access to, where they will receive a digital document containing their NZeTA
In order to obtain an NZeTA, applicants must pay a processing fee and a tourist tax called the International Visitor Conservation and Tourist Tax or IVL using a debit card or credit card.
The IVL is collected to support the local tourism infrastructure in New Zealand and to help preserve some of the touristic attractions within the country. It is paid when submitting the eTA request and covers the whole validity of the visa waiver.
eTA NZ application process for Austrian nationals
Applying for an NZeTA from Austria is quite simple and takes roughly 10 minutes. Once the application has been completed, Austrian citizens will be asked to carefully review the information they have entered prior to finalizing their NZeTA request. This very important step ensures there are no errors or inconsistencies between the data entered in the form and the way it appears on the visitor’s passport. Applicants are reminded that any mistakes may lead to processing delays or, even to the refusal of their NZeTA visa waiver.
Once the travel authorization for New Zealand has been approved, the Austrian applicant receives the NZeTA via email, eliminating the need to visit a local embassy or consulate.
The NZeTA is valid for up to 2 years or until the Austrian passport used during the application expires, whichever happens first. The eTA allows holders multiple entries into the island country. Travellers from Austria holding an approved NZeTA are allowed up to 90 days in New Zealand per visit. This information is specified on the NZeTA and holders are advised to take a printed copy of the visa waiver along with them in case they are asked to present it to Border Security officials at the New Zealand port of entry.
Austrian citizens with more than one valid passport due to dual nationality are required to choose one eligible passport to travel on and apply for the NZeTA with. NZeTA may not be transferred from one passport to another, even if both belong to the same citizen.
Where to apply for a New Zealand eTA for Austrian Citizens
Austrian nationals who wish to visit New Zealand for tourism with a short stay of up to 90 days may do so with an eTA visa waiver. Applying for an NZeTA can be done online by filling out a simple form and does not require visiting an embassy or consulate. This application will ask the traveller to enter information such as his/her name, address, date of birth, as well as passport details. Austrians may also be required to fill out a section pertaining to their health and security prior to travelling to New Zealand.
Travellers from Austria who intend to stay in New Zealand longer than the 90-day allotment on the NZeTA visa waiver should consider applying for a New Zealand visitor visa instead, which has a maximum length of stay of up to 9 months. The New Zealand visitor visa, however, does require visiting an embassy or consulate in Austria, since it must be requested in person.