New Zealand is a great place to visit owing to its vast natural landscapes, some of which were used as a backdrop for the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. Chilean citizens looking to travel to New Zealand now need to obtain an NZeTA online in order to be able to experience the country for themselves.
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 authorization.
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 towards NZ.
The NZeTA from Chile is the ideal travel authorization for eligible citizens interested in visiting the country for short-term stays that do not exceed 90-days in total. Nevertheless, 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. Travelers 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 visit to New Zealand.
NZ eTA Application Steps from Chile
The NZeTA application process is quite easy to complete and takes less than 10 minutes to do so. 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. There are also questions concerning the traveller’s health and security that will also need to be completed.
Chilean passport holders must make sure to fill 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 a visa denial. In some cases, the visa may be granted but the traveller may still have to face travel 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 you 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 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 your Chilean passport at a New Zealand port of entry.
NZ eTA eligibility requirements from Chile
Since October 31st, 2019, citizens of Chile are 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 in New Zealand. Crew members aboard airlines and cruise ships will have to get the Crew eTA before travelling to New Zealand. The Crew eTA has a validity of 5 years.
In order to apply for the visa waiver, applicants need to make sure they meet the NZeTA requirements set forth by the government of New Zealand. These requirements include:
- Having a current passport from one of the 60 eligible countries
- The passport must have a remaining validity of at least 3 months beyond the date of departure from New Zealand
- The traveller is able to pay the processing fee and the tourist tax 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 authorization 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 authorization for New Zealand is electronically linked with a single passport and may not be transferred to another passport the same citizen carries. Hence, it is advisable to carry the passport on which your NZeTA was issued and present it to border authorities upon your arrival to NZ.