Chilean citizens looking to travel to New Zealand now need to obtain an NZeTA online in order to be able to enter the country.
The New Zealand government introduced a new, mandatory electronic visa waiver called the NZeTA to make it easier for visitors of over 60 countries, including Chileans to travel to New Zealand. The NZeTA allows these citizens to circumvent visits to a local embassy or consulate in order to obtain their travel authorisation.
Instead, these travellers can apply for and obtain the NZeTA visa waiver online through a quick and simple process. The NZeTA serves as a security measure as well, as it allows New Zealand Border Security to pre-screen individuals before they arrive in the country. It also allows authorities to identify any security risks associated with individuals travelling to the country before they depart.
The NZeTA from Chile is not a visa. Instead, it is a travel authorisation for eligible visa-free citizens interested in visiting the country for short-term stays that do not exceed 90-days in total.
For tourists of non-eligible countries, or visitors that intend to spend more than the allotted 90 days in NZ, the New Zealand government offers a variety of tourist visas to accommodate different travel needs. Chileans should carefully consider the purpose and intended duration of their stay in order to apply for an NZeTA or the visa that is most appropriate for their trip to New Zealand.
NZeTA application steps from Chile
The NZeTA application process is relatively easy to complete and takes less than 10 minutes. Applicants can simply visit the NZeTA online application form and enter their personal and passport information. Chilean nationals will also be required to answer some basic questions about their travel plans and any past criminal history. Questions concerning the traveller’s health and security also need to be completed.
Chilean passport holders must ensure they fill in the application with accurate details as any discrepancies between the information on the application form and the traveller’s passport bio page can result in delays or denial. In some cases, the visa waiver may be granted but the traveller may still have to face delays as a result.
Travellers from Chile applying for an NZeTA will have a chance to review the information before they submit their NZeTA application. This is a crucial step, so applicants are advised to make sure the information is correct so as to avoid any issues.
Once the application is submitted, the traveller will receive the NZeTA visa waiver via email. Chilean citizens are advised to take a printed copy of their approved NZeTA with them when they travel. The NZeTA visa waiver may have to be shown to New Zealand Border Security officials alongside the eligible Chilean passport at a New Zealand port of entry.
eTA NZ eligibility requirements from Chile
Since October 31st, 2019, citizens of Chile have been required to obtain a mandatory NZeTA before travelling to New Zealand. Transit passengers on their way to a final destination will also have to get an NZeTA before their stop-over at Auckland International Airport.
The eTA requirement also applies to cruise passengers. Crew members will need to refer to their employer for assistance in obtaining a specific eTA for their type of work.
In order to apply for the visa waiver, Chileans need to make sure they meet the NZeTA requirements set forth by the government of New Zealand. These requirements include:
- Having a current Chilean passport
- The passport must have a remaining validity of at least 3 months beyond the date of departure from New Zealand
- The traveller must pay the processing fee and the tourist tax (if applicable) using a debit or credit card
The tourist tax of New Zealand mentioned above is called the International Visitor Conservation and Tourist Levy (IVL). This associated tax allows visitors to contribute to the infrastructure and natural environment they enjoy during their stay in the island country.
Travel information to New Zealand from Chile
Travellers from Chile with an approved NZeTA are allowed multiple entries into New Zealand. Each visit may have a maximum length of 90 days in total. The NZeTA visa waiver is valid for up to 2 years, or while the passport used to apply for the travel authorisation remains valid. Should the traveller’s passport expire during the 2-year validity period of the NZeTA, the citizen will be required to apply for a new visa waiver using their new passport number.
Chilean nationals with dual citizenship must choose a single passport to travel on and use that passport’s number to apply for the NZeTA. The travel authorisation for New Zealand is electronically linked to a single passport and may not be transferred to another passport the same citizen carries.