Starting October 1st, 2019, Dutch citizens who wish to experience everything New Zealand has to offer require an NZ Electronic Travel Authorization. Applying for the NZeTA as a Dutch citizen is simple and straightforward.
The New Zealand eTA for the Netherlands is valid for 2 years and allows travellers multiple stays within the territory for up to 90 consecutive days each.
To obtain the eTA, applicants have to fill out the online application form that takes about 10 minutes to complete. Citizens will have to answer basic questions regarding personal, passport, health and security information and pay for the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy if applicable (New Zealand IVL tax).
Do Dutch citizens need a visa for New Zealand?
Starting October 1st, 2019, it is mandatory for Dutch citizens to apply for the New Zealand eTA before departure from their home country.
The New Zealand eTA improves border and internal security within the island country as well as making the whole border-crossing process easier and faster. Meanwhile, the IVL is a payment that is required from some travellers to support New Zealand’s infrastructure and contribute to protecting the country’s natural environment.
The NZeTA allows multiple entries during its 2-year validity, while the IVL will only have to be paid once for the duration of the eTA. Dutch transit passengers making a stopover at Auckland International Airport while en route to another destination are required to obtain a NZeTA too. However, transit passengers will not be charged the IVL while requesting their eTA for New Zealand.
It is also worth noting that the same requirements apply to Dutch visitors reaching New Zealand by air and sea. This means that cruise passengers must obtain a valid eTA too before they arrive.
eTA New Zealand document requirements for citizens of the Netherlands
For a successful application to the NZeTA from the Netherlands, applicants are required to provide the documents listed below:
- Passport, valid for at least 3 months after the intended exit
- A filled-out online application form for the NZeTA for the Netherlands
- Debit or credit card for the eTA and IVL payment
- Valid email address
- Travel purpose
Dutch citizens travelling with family members, including minors, are required to apply separately. The New Zealand eTA from the Netherlands is an individual travel authorization that each visitor must carry in order to board an aeroplane towards NZ.
It is possible to apply on behalf of other family members by providing their personal and passport information when filling out their NZeTA application form online.
New Zealand eTA application for Dutch citizens
The New Zealand eTA for Dutch citizens contains the following basic questions that should be answered by the applicant:
- Personal information – name, birthdate, address
- Passport information – nationality, passport number, expiry date
- Security information – criminal conviction history
- Travel plans – dates, hotel bookings
Completing the online application form for the NZeTA should take about 10 minutes. All applicants are advised to thoroughly check the answers provided for any mistakes or inaccuracies. Errors may prolong the time of document screening, or may even result in rejection of the New Zealand eTA application.
How long does it take to get the New Zealand eTA from the Netherlands?
In most cases, it takes 1 business day to receive your NZeTA via email. However, please allow up to 3 days for processing in the event that any additional documents are required.
When approved, applicants will receive an email with the NZeTA in PDF format. The authorization will be electronically linked to the traveller’s passport, eliminating the need for visa stamps at the airport upon arrival. However, it is advisable to print a copy to bring to border control officials in New Zealand.
All applicants holding dual citizenship are reminded to travel using the same passport they used when completing the online NZeTA application form.