Travelling to New Zealand has become easier for foreign tourists, ever since the NZ government implemented the NZeTA Electronic Travel Authorization for visa-exempt nationals from 60 different countries, which includes the United Arab Emirates.
Along with the eTA, the New Zealand government incorporated as well, the Tourism Tax and Conservation Levy (IVL), which means UAE travellers will be contributing to a sustainable tourism and conservation project when visiting the country with an NZeTA.
eTA NZ Application Process for the United Arab Emirates
The eTA NZ for UAE passport holders is valid for a period of 2 years from the moment it has been granted, whereas the maximum stay cannot be extended passed beyond 3 months or 90 consecutive days.
Those who look for a longer period to stay in the country will require a regular visa, which should be requested at the local Embassy or Consulate.
A New Zealand online application for the UAE is quite easy and quick to process; simply by answering a few basic personal questions when filling the form.
The applicant will afterwards receive an answer by email.
It is also important to bear in mind that although most applications are granted immediately or in as little as one (1) business day, some may take up to 72 hours. This is why applicants are advised to submit their application with sufficient time before the expected departure date.
Entry Documents & Requirements Needed From UAE for a NZeTA
Before filling in the online application form, UAE nationals must provide certain personal information, as well as a series of documents.
There is nothing challenging about an online application form, nonetheless, it will require to have Internet access and the following documents in hand:
- A valid passport for the duration of the trip, ensuring that it remains valid for at least another 3 months from the planned date of departure from New Zealand
- Provide a recent digital photograph with a white background
- Means of payment for the NZeTA and the IVL
- A valid email address where the eVisa will be sent in PDF format
Step-By-Step Online Application for NZeTA From the United Arab Emirates
Once all the documents and information are gathered, the following step will be to fill out the NZeTA application form, which is quick and simple. The whole process should not take any longer than 20 minutes to complete.
The first step consists of providing general information. Applicants need to make sure that everything is accurate. A key factor is to check for spelling mistakes, as it will help ease any delays in the response. Even the slightest error can invalidate a visa.
The second step will be payment and revision.
The last step will consist of documents to upload, which in every case it will be pointed out whenever they may be required.
When travellers of the United Arab Emirates are done with all three steps, they can submit their application.
Travelling to New Zealand From UAE
When passing through Auckland’s International Airport or taking a layover on their way to a third country, UAE passengers do not require a visa. However, they will require to apply for a New Zealand transit visa.
Since the NZeTA is an individual online travel permit, it is directly linked to the passport used during the application. Should the passport expire before the validity of the eVisa, it will be necessary to obtain a new eTA.
There is also a new option for travellers who are in a rush and already underway to New Zealand. For passengers who have the demand to apply for a last-minute NZeTA, although it may not be the safest way, there is the express NZeTA option which can be processed in an hour and directly from the airport.
It is important for United Arab Emirates applicants to respect eTA’s terms and conditions. Moreover, it is worth mentioning that NZeTA holders should always abide and respect the timeframe for which the New Zealand travel authorisation has been expedited before it expires.