It is mandatory for German citizens, as all other visa-exempt nationals, to obtain a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authorization before departure. The NZeTA, Electronic Travel Authority, will allows German passport holders to spend up to 90 consecutive days in NZ for tourism purposes.
A New Zealand eTA for citizens of Germany is valid for 2 years or until the holder’s passport expires, whichever comes first. NZeTA from Germany supports multiple entries and allows for stays of up to 90 days. An International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL NZ) needs to be paid when applying for the NZeTA and will last for the total validity of the eTA.
Obtaining an NZeTA for German citizens is fast and simple. Applicants have to answer a series of basic questions on the online application form. While a response for the eTA can be expected within 1 business day, applicants are advised to apply at least 3 business days in advance to allow extra processing time in the event that they are required to submit additional documents.
Do German citizens need a visa for New Zealand?
As of October 1st, 2019, German passport holders are required to hold a New Zealand eTA for tourism purposes before departure.
The implementation of New Zealand’s Visa Waiver has been implemented to improve on improving border and national security in New Zealand as well as making the border control process faster for visa-exempt visitors.
eTA New Zealand document requirements for citizens of Germany
To apply for the NZeTA from Germany, applicants must meet a number of different requirements and submit a selection of supporting documents.
- A passport with at least 3 months of remaining validity from the date of intended exit from New Zealand
A filled-out application form for the NZ eTA for Germany
- NZeTA and IVL payment by credit or debit card
- A valid email address
- Travel insurance (optional)
Family New Zealand eTA applications must be submitted individually. If applying for a family member or minors, make sure to fill out their NZeTA application form using the relative’s passport and personal data.
From its launch, it is also mandatory for visa-exempt transit passengers to obtain a New Zealand eTA before departure from their home country. Travellers transiting through New Zealand with a transit NZeTA are not allowed to exit the airport and will not be charged the IVL.
New Zealand eTA application for German citizens
The online application form for NZeTA for German citizens comprises a number of basic personal, passport, health and security questions, such as:
- Passport information: nationality, passport number, issue and expiry date
- Personal information: name, email address, date and place of birth
- Security information: deportation and criminal conviction history
- Health and medical: intention of receiving medical treatment or consultation while in NZ
The whole process of filling out the application form should not take more than 10 minutes-
It is advisable to carefully revise all answers in order to avoid any errors since any discrepancy in the submitted data may delay the processing time or may even result in rejection of the application.
How long does it take to get New Zealand eTA from Germany?
Once an eTA application from Germany has been submitted, it will take up to 1 business day to process. However, any mistakes that may need to be corrected or any additional documentation that may be requested to be submitted, can lead to longer processing times or rejection. It is therefore, advisable to apply at least 3 business days before the expected departure date to New Zealand.
Applicants will receive the approved NZ eTA in PDF format through the email address provided during the process. Once obtained, the New Zealand eTA will also be electronically linked to the traveller’s passport.
Passengers are advised to either print off a copy of the approved NZeTA or carry a digital version as proof.
Applicants holding dual-citizenship must enter New Zealand with the same passport used to complete the online NZeTA application form.