As of October 1, 2019, the Government of New Zealand launched its Electronic Travel Authorization permit required for tourism or short-term stays of up to 90 days. Citizens of 60 visa-free countries, including Croatia, can now acquire an online eTA New Zealand through its application form.
The type of visa or visa waiver required to enter New Zealand will be based on one’s needs, depending entirely on the travellers’ nationality, as to the purpose, time and length of the intended stay during your visit.
The NZeTA is mandatory for citizens of a visa waiver country and for those individuals who plan a trip to New Zealand. It is important to understand the difference between the different types of visas that are explained further on.
Do Croatians Need a Visa When Travelling to New Zealand?
Most countries from the European Union are visa-exempt when travelling to New Zealand. As a member of the EU, Croatians citizens are eligible for an eTA. The type of visa will depend on the reason(s) for visiting and the intended length of stay.
New Zealand’s eTA allows Croatian nationals to stay up to 90 days and is valid for a period of 2 years.
Whether for tourism or business travels, the NZ eTA is applicable for citizens of countries under the visa waiver program.
Even small, quick stops, such fast layovers in Auckland’s International Airport, or travelling outbound to another country, will require to carry a transit New Zealand eTA.
On the other hand, Croatian passengers experiencing a longer stopover who may want to exit the airport and have some touristic adventure will need to apply for a Tourism NZ eTA. Thus, Croatia being able to do so as a member of the EU and a visa waiver country.
How to Apply for a Visa Waiver eTA for New Zealand From Croatia
Croatian citizens are able to obtain an NZeTA with a simple online application process. To do so, it is mandatory to enter personal and contact details (name, current address, place of birth, passport details), as well as travel plans. This will also include arrival and departure details.
Health and security-related questions may also be an additional requirement along the application process.
An answer will later be sent via email address. Most applications are received within 1 business day, however, some may take longer to process.
Croatians are advised to inform themselves about the conditions when visiting New Zealand with children in terms of their travel permits.
New Zealand eTA Application Form for Croatian Citizens
Submitting an online visa waiver application has never been so easy for nationals of Croatia wishing to visit the island country. The entire process is simple and quick to complete.
The NZ eTA is a multiple-entry travel permit, extended for tourism, transit or business purposes, available for air and overseas travellers who plan to arrive on cruise ships.
After carefully having submitted and reviewed the information, the system will then process the data. It will require paying a fee with the use of a valid means of payment such as a credit or debit card; this also includes covering a recently introduced tourism tax regulation levy (IVL) thus helping ensure that tourism growth in New Zealand is sustainable.
Once the application has been submitted, it can be expected the following 24 hours. Therefore, applicants are advised to submit their application with a minimum of 3 business days prior to the intended departure date.
New Zealand Visa Waiver Requirements for Croatians
There are basic requirements for New Zealand’s eTA visa waiver application. Applicants from Croatia require the following to fulfil the online form:
- A valid passport with a minimum of 3 months of validity beyond the departure date. Travel permits such as the eTA are virtually linked to the travel document.
- An e-mail address where the online confirmation will be received, as well as any further notifications
- Means of online payment necessary to fulfil the payment for the NZeTA application process.
Travel to New Zealand From Croatia
Transient visitors are commonly advised to print a copy of their Tourism eTA visa waiver for New Zealand to present at the NZ border control and reach entry.
In addition, travellers also need to present their passport which at all times, must correspond with the New Zealand eTA.
Croatian nationals visiting the country as cruise ship passengers ought to present a valid tourist eTA, providing the same documentation as to those whose trip occurs by plane.
The same applies to Croatians interested in travelling to New Zealand for business trips, although it is important to pay attention to some additional conditions.