Czech nationals looking to come to New Zealand are required to carry a valid NZeTA prior to departing towards NZ. The New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority was implemented by the government of NZ and became an obligatory requirement as of October 31st, 2019.
Although the vast majority of Czechs wishing to enter New Zealand for a limited period of time (including cruise passengers) must hold a valid NZeTA, the electronic permit is not a visa.
When do Czech Republican citizens need to apply for an eTANZ?
Travellers from the Czech Republic visiting New Zealand for tourism or business purposes with an intended stay of under 90 days must hold an approved NZeTA in order to enter the island country. The NZeTA is quick and easy to obtain and can be requested online, eliminating the need to visit a New Zealand diplomatic mission.
Most NZeTA applications for Czech citizens, as with other eligible travellers, are approved within 3 business days, or less. Therefore, applicants are advised to submit their NZeTA application form at least 3 business days prior to their intended date of departure in order to ensure sufficient processing time.
Czech visitors who wish to travel to New Zealand for longer periods of time, exceeding the NZeTA maximum time per stay of 90 consecutive days, may need to explore the different types of tourist visas offered by the government of New Zealand to find the one that best suits their travel needs.
Applying for a student visa for New Zealand or a work visa for the island does, however, entail visiting a consulate or embassy in the Czech Republic in order to ask for the appropriate requirements for the applicant’s specific situation. Embassy personnel will provide foreigners with the appropriate forms and requirement list for different New Zealand visas as well as inform them better about the processing time.
eTA New Zealand application from the Czech Republic
Applying for an NZeTA travel authorization from the Czech Republic is straightforward and the requirements for the eTA for New Zealand are simple. Czech travellers can apply for the NZeTA visa waiver online and receive it via email within a couple of days.
Czech citizens looking to apply for an NZeTA can do so by visiting the New Zealand eTA online application form then filling out their personal, passport and contact information. Travellers are then asked to answer some basic questions regarding their travel plans, criminal record, and health.
It is very important for applicants to make sure that all the information they enter in the online form is accurate. Discrepancies between the data entered and the way it appears on their passport bio page can result in a refused eTA or travel delays. Czech citizens applying for an NZeTA should take the time to carefully review the information they have entered in the form to make sure it is accurate before they submit their application.
After finalizing the payment and submitting the NZeTA for Czech citizens application, applicants will receive their New Zealand travel authorization within 3 business days via email. Czech Republican nationals are advised to take a printed copy of their NZeTA visa waiver with them when they travel as they will be required to present it to Border Security officials at the New Zealand port of entry.
Entry Requirements for Czech citizens to Visit New Zealand
Before applying for the visa waiver, travellers from the Czech Republic must meet the basic NZeTA requirements set by the New Zealand government that determine in part, whether or not a visa waiver application is approved. These requirements include:
- A valid passport issued by the Czech Republic
- The traveller’s passport must have a remaining validity of at least 3 months beyond the intended date of exit from New Zealand
- A valid credit or debit card to pay the processing fee for the NZeTA as well as the tourist levy
The tourist levy is a tax set forth by the NZ Government that is charged alongside the NZeTA (when applicable). The International Visitor Conservation and Tourist Levy (IVL) is a tax collected to ensure the maintenance and preservation of the infrastructure and natural environment that visitors enjoy during their stay.
Czech nationals with dual nationality must choose one passport to complete their NZeTA application with. It is very important to travel on the same passport used to apply for the eTA. This is due to the fact that NZeTA is electronically linked to a single passport once it is approved. Additionally, the travel authorization is not transferrable to a second passport owned by the same citizen.
When do citizens of the Czech Republic need to apply for a visa Instead of an eTA?
Since the government of New Zealand offers a variety of different tourist visas, Czech travellers have multiple options from which to select a visa.
The NZeTA is the ideal choice for short-term stays of under 90 days. Czech citizens needing longer stays in New Zealand might want to consider applying for a New Zealand Visitor Visa instead since it has a maximum length of stay of up to 9 months.
There are multiple visa options designed for people visiting the country for work, residence or studies in NZ. Czech nationals requiring a visa rather than an NZeTA may visit a New Zealand embassy in their country of residence in order to enquire about the application forms as well as specific requirements for the visa that best suits their needs.
eTA NZ quick facts for Czech citizens
- Valid for up to 2 years, or until the associated passport expires, whichever happens first
- Allows multiple entries
- Maximum stay of up to 3 months (90 days)
- Quick and easy online application process
- Generally approved within 3 business days