Bulgaria is one of the European countries whose citizens are eligible to apply for an NZeTA visa waiver —a mandatory entry requirement for New Zealand since October 31st, 2019. The NZeTA is an electronic visa waiver that allows the New Zealand Border Security officials to pre-screen individuals before their arrival in the country and helps identify security threats before they occur.
The NZeTA can be obtained through a straightforward online form without having to visit a New Zealand embassy or consulate. The entire visa waiver application process takes place online and can be completed within 10 minutes.
In most cases, the applicant receives his/her NZeTA visa waiver via email within 1 business day, although some applications may take up to 3 business days to process. The electronic travel authority for New Zealand allows Bulgarian citizens to save time and effort by completing a simple online form with their personal and travel information on their smartphone, tablet, or personal computer.
Bulgarian travellers arriving in New Zealand as transit passengers are also required to obtain a transit NZeTA prior to their arrival. Additionally, crew members from Bulgaria aboard cruise ships and airlines are required to obtain a Crew eTA visa waiver, which is valid for up to 5 years, before their arrival in New Zealand.
eTA New Zealand application process from Bulgaria
The process of applying for a New Zealand eTA visa waiver for Bulgarian nationals is quite simple and takes place online. The citizen may request their travel authorization for NZ by visiting the New Zealand eTA application form and filling out their personal information and passport details. The applicant will be required to list his/her name, date of birth, address, date of expiration for his/her passport etc.
Documentation necessary to apply for an eTA to New Zealand
Citizens must have the following NZeTA requirements at hand when applying for the travel authorization from Bulgaria:
- A current Bulgarian passport with a minimum of 3 months validity beyond their intended date of departure from NZ
- An email address, at which they will receive a digital copy of their NZeTA once their request has been processed
- A credit or debit card, with which to pay for the NZeTA processing fee as well as the IVL
The IVL stands for International Tourist Levy, it is a tax implemented by the NZ government alongside the NZeTA, as a means to allow visitors to contribute to the maintenance and improvement of the infrastructure and natural environment they enjoy during their stay in New Zealand. It is automatically added to your NZeTA fee unless you are applying for a transit NZeTA, in which case applicants are not required to pay the IVL.
Once the application has been submitted, citizens will receive their NZeTA visa waiver via email within 3 business days. The applicant may print out a copy of the NZeTA to present alongside their passport when they arrive at the New Zealand port of entry.
Can I change or update my NZ eTA application after submitting it?
NZeTa applicants must carefully revise all of the information they enter prior to submitting their visa waiver request form. Any discrepancies between the information submitted and that which appears on the passport’s bio page will likely cause delays, or in some cases, the rejection of the eTA for New Zealand.
Bulgarian citizens who realize there is an error on their application form after having finalized their eTA request may contact us immediately by replying to the confirmation email they have received in order to try to resolve their issue.
Applicants need to answer the questions on their NZeTA application form honestly in order to avoid risking their visa waiver being denied for providing false information.
Basic requirements for Bulgarian citizens to enter New Zealand
Travellers from Bulgaria are required to present the following when arriving in New Zealand, in order to be granted entry into the country:
- An approved eTA for New Zealand that is valid at the date of entry into the country and covers the intended stay period
- A valid Bulgarian passport where the data on the bio page corresponds exactly with the information provided on the NZeTA application form
- Bulgarian citizens with dual nationality are required to choose one passport to travel with and use that same passport to apply for the NZeTA
How long can a Bulgarian citizen stay in New Zealand?
Bulgarian nationals travelling to New Zealand on an NZeTA visa waiver may spend up to 90 days per stay in the country. NZeTA holders are allowed to enter New Zealand multiple times during the visa waiver’s 2-year validity, as long as they do not exceed their allotted stay of 90 consecutive days per trip.
Citizens of Bulgaria who need to spend more than 90 days at a time in NZ, may wish to check out the different types of tourist visas that the government of New Zealand offers to cater to different travel purposes such as residency, work or studies.
Travellers intending to stay longer than 90 days in New Zealand will need to visit a New Zealand embassy or consulate in Bulgaria in order to request information regarding applying for the New Zealand Visa that suits their particular needs.
Security and health information for entry to NZ from Bulgaria
The NZeTA was implemented by the New Zealand government in order to increase internal security within the island country. Additionally, it serves the purpose of better monitoring all of the visa exempt citizens —including Bulgarians— who visit NZ.
Therefore, citizens applying for the NZeTA are required to honestly reply some simple security questions and to disclose whether they have any criminal history in Bulgaria, New Zealand, or any other country. The Security section of the form aims to identify any potential security risks associated with the traveller’s visit to the country.
Applicants are also asked whether they intend to receive medical treatment or consultation during their stay in NZ.