The New Zealand Electronic Travel Authorisation (NZeTA) was implemented by the NZ government, becoming a mandatory requirement as of October 31, 2019.
This visa waiver program is open for all the EU countries, which means Estonian citizens can benefit from the electronic travel authorisation to visit New Zealand.
What is the NZeTA for Estonian Citizens
This electronic permit does not comply as a regular visa since it actually is a visa waiver. However, the NZeTA is still an elementary requirement for Estonians who wish to enter New Zealand.
As one of the 60 visa-exempt nationalities, Estonians are free to visit the country, as long as it does not involve any employment activities and for a period shorter than 90 days.
The NZeTA allows nationals from Estonia to travel for tourism or business purposes.
Estonians Travelling to New Zealand: How to Apply for an NZeTA
Estonian travellers may access the New Zealand eTA application whenever they are ready to apply for an NZeTA.
The application process is extremely simple and straightforward. However, it is of the utmost importance to check every detail and information provided to avoid possible rejections or further questions by the local authorities.
The NZeTA form to apply online can be filled out in less than 20 minutes and contains several personal questions, such as name, surname and contact details of the applicant, as well as information regarding their Estonian passport.
NZeTA Requirements for Citizens of Estonia
Estonian passport holders must meet some basic NZeTA requirements, as well as providing the following essential information:
- To have a valid EU passport with at least 3 months of validity from the date of departure
- To possess an email address that is accessible and functional
- To own a credit card or debit card with sufficient funds to pay the application fee
- Estonian applicants must also possess full Estonian citizenship to be eligible
After submitting and having paid the visa fee with a valid means of payment, an answer will be delivered by email, which is why it is important to have a valid email address.
Travellers from Estonia should also note there are certain documents required to visit New Zealand, which may vary according to the nationality of the applicant.
Estonians with criminal record entering New Zealand
The visa waiver system requires the Estonian applicants to be of good character. During the application period, an individual may be asked to declare if he or she is under investigation by a law enforcement agency in any country.
In the case of character waivers for applicants with a criminal record, each application is considered under its own individual merits and takes into account the seriousness of an offence, the number of offences, and how long ago did it occur.
Some of the key points to take into consideration by Estonian nationals are:
- Previous or pending convictions
- Visa issues with other countries
- Providing false or misleading information
- Situations where applicants have been deported, removed, or excluded from a country
One of the most common circumstances that trigger convictions is the drunk driving offence.
Estonians visiting NZ with a medical condition
In the case of Estonian citizens travelling to New Zealand with a medical condition, it is advised to be informed about the possible restrictions and conditions that need to be met.
For instance, if some national of Estonia has a heart, lung, or ear disease, anaphylaxis, a psychiatric condition, a contagious illness, recent injuries, hospitalisation, or if she is facing the late stage of pregnancy, they must obtain medical clearance.
A similar scenario must be faced by Estonians who are travelling with medical equipment such as nebulizers, medical oxygen, and ventilators.
What to Do After Submitting the NZeTA Application from Estonia
When the application has been carefully filled out and submitted, the payment will be required; the petitioner will then receive the NZeTA within the following 3 business days.
It is highly important to bring along a printed copy of New Zealand’s eTA as it needs to be presented to New Zealand Border Security officials at the access points.
The Immigration New Zealand (INZ) authorities advise travellers to plan their trip with sufficient time, and in such a way that they may leave the country before the eVisa expires. This will help ease any issues that may arise from overstaying an NZeTA visa waiver.