There is so much to enjoy in NZ: from its hot water beaches, hiking and surfing to its indigenous Maori culture, urban architecture, and renowned wine tasting.
New Zealand and Germany have long enjoyed healthy relationships in trade, commerce, international affairs, scientific, and cultural exchange. German citizens who wish to enjoy everything New Zealand has to offer are required to carry a valid NZeTA, starting October 1st, 2019.
It is mandatory for German citizens, as all other visa-exempt nationals, to obtain an electronic travel authorization before departure from their home country. The NZeTA, Electronic Travel Authority, will allow German passport holders to spend up to 90 consecutive days in NZ for tourism purposes.
New Zealand eTA for citizens of Germany is valid for 2 years or until the passport expiry date, whichever happens to expire first. NZ eTA 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 eTA NZ 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?
Starting October 1st, 2019, German passport holders need to obtain a New Zealand eTA for tourism purposes before departure. The NZeTA for German Citizens is valid for 2 years and allows multiple visits for maximum periods of 90 consecutive days each.
The implementation of the electronic travel authorization is based 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
The following are the documents required to apply for the New Zealand eTA from Germany:
- Passport with at least 3 months of remaining validity counting from the date of intended exit from New Zealand
A filled-out application form for the NZ eTA for Germany
- eTA and IVL payment by credit or debit card
- Valid email address
- Travel insurance (optional)
Family eTA applications must be submitted individually. If applying for a family member or minors, make sure to fill out their NZeTA application form using your relative’s passport and personal data.
From October 2019, it is 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 eTA 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 NZ eTA for German citizens is comprised of 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 as the questions are very simple and straightforward.
It is advisable to carefully revise all answers in order to avoid any errors since any discrepancy in your 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, considering any mistakes that may need to be corrected or any additional document you may be requested to submit, it is 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 provided email address. Once obtained, the New Zealand eTA will also be electronically linked to the traveller’s passport.
A printed out copy of the NZ eTA should be presented to border officials during border control upon entering New Zealand.
Applicants holding dual-citizenship are required to travel to New Zealand with the same passport used to complete the online NZ eTA application form.