Citizens of Greece travelling to New Zealand must carry valid travel authorisation in order to enter the country. To simplify this process The New Zealand government introduced the NZeTA in October 2019, an electronic visa waiver for citizens of Greece and another 59 countries.
This means that all travellers visiting NZ from Greece are required to obtain an NZeTA travel authorization prior to their departure.
In addition to this, Greek crew members travelling aboard cruise ships or airlines are required to obtain a Crew eTA visa waiver which is valid for up to 5 years. Furthermore, passengers from Greece transiting through New Zealand on their way to a final destination also need to obtain a Transit NZeTA prior to their arrival in the country.
The NZeTA is designed primarily for people from eligible countries, such as Greece, intending to visit New Zealand for tourism and leisure for a maximum of 90 days. It is valid for a total of 2 years.
However, travellers from Greece who wish to spend more than 90 consecutive days in NZ might want to consider getting the New Zealand Visitor visa instead, although the requirements might involve more paperwork. The government of New Zealand offers different types of tourist visas, to accommodate specific travelling needs such as getting a degree in NZ as a Greek national, working on the island, among others.
eTA New Zealand application process for Greek visitors
Greek citizens are required to obtain an NZeTA visa waiver prior to travelling to New Zealand. This mandatory entry authorization document can be obtained by Greek nationals that meet the NZeTA requirements .
Travellers from Greece who are eligible to apply for an NZeTA visa waiver need to ensure that their passport will have remaining validity of at least 3 months beyond their date of departure from New Zealand.
Greeks must also pay a processing fee and a tourist tax called IVL. The International Visitor Conservation and Tourist Levy (IVL) will automatically be added (if applicable) to applicants’ fees unless they are applying for a transit NZeTA.
Applying for the NZeTA for Greek citizens only takes a few minutes and is a straightforward process. Applicants are asked to enter basic information such as their name, date of birth, passport details, and email address. Travellers applying for the NZeTA from Greece must also answer a series of questions regarding any criminal history or intention of receiving medical treatment in New Zealand.
Can I change information on my NZ eTA from Greece application after submitting it?
Applicants must make sure that the information entered on the NZeTA online form is accurate as any discrepancies can lead to the visa waiver being rejected or other delays. Before submitting the application, Greek citizens will have the chance to review the information to make sure it corresponds exactly with the data shown on their passport.
However, in the event that you detect a typo or other error on your data after submitting your application, you may contact us immediately by replying to your confirmation email and we will attempt to correct it for you.
Greek nationals that hold more than one passport due to dual nationality need to make sure to travel to New Zealand on the same passport they used to apply for the NZeTA visa waiver. This is because the document is digitally linked to the specific passport used in the application and may not be transferred to a second one.
eTA NZ requirements for Greek citizens to enter New Zealand
After submitting the NZeTA visa waiver application, the travel authorisation will arrive via email within 3 business days. Travellers will have to present the eTA to New Zealand Border Security officials alongside their Greek passport at a port of entry into the country.
It is advised to bring a printed or digital copy for the entry process.
The tourist eTA is not the only option available to Greek travellers. Crew members travelling aboard cruise ships or airlines should obtain a Crew NZeTA visa waiver which is valid for up to 5 years.
Passengers from Greece transiting through New Zealand on their way to a final destination can arrive for onward travel with a transit NZeTA. However, this can only be used at Auckland International airport and does not permit holders to leave the airport.
Greeks who wish to spend more than 90 consecutive days in NZ will instead need the New Zealand Visitor Visa, although the requirements might involve more paperwork.
The government of New Zealand offers different types of tourist visas, to accommodate specific travelling needs such as getting a degree in NZ as a Greek national, working on the island, among others.