The New Zealand electronic travel authority (eTA) was introduced by the New Zealand Government on October 1st, 2019. The New Zealand visa waiver is mandatory for citizens from 60 visa-exempt nationalities, including Israeli passport holders.
The NZ eTA application process is easy and can be done from a computer, tablet, or smartphone from anywhere in the world. There is no need for Israelis to contact a New Zealand embassy in order to apply.
Do Israelis need an eTA for New Zealand?
Israeli citizens who wish to visit New Zealand for tourist purposes and intend to stay in the country for less than 90 days are eligible to apply for a New Zealand tourist eTA.
Transit NZ eTA available for Israel
A transit eTA to New Zealand is also available for Israelis transiting through New Zealand on their way to another destination.
Note that transit passengers can only travel through Auckland International Airport, which means the transit New Zealand eTA cannot be used when travelling through Wellington or Christchurch airports.
Israeli citizens are not allowed to exit the airport with their transit eTA. If they would like to leave the airport and visit the city, they must apply for a tourist NZ eTA.
Both tourism and transit eTAs for New Zealand from Israel are valid for multiple entries/transits for a total of 2 years from the date of issue.
Crew eTA to New Zealand for Israeli nationals
Airline crew and cruise line crew are eligible to obtain a Crew NZ eTA before their departure for New Zealand.
This type of NZ visa waiver for Israelis is valid for 5 years from the date of issue and must be obtained by the traveller’s employer.
How to Apply for the eTA New Zealand as Israeli Citizen?
In order to apply for the eTA New Zealand for Israelis, candidates are required to fill in an online NZ visa waiver application form. This is a very quick process that can be done in a matter of minutes.
Applicants from Israel are asked to provide their personal details (name, nationality, date of birth, contact information) as well as their passport information (passport country, number, and dates of issue and expiry). In addition, they have to answer some health-related and security-related questions that are routinary and necessary for NZ authorities to verify if a passenger is suited to enter the country.
It is imperative to check that all the provided information is correct before submitting the form. If there are any mistakes, the applicant from Israel will have to fill in another form and the visa waiver approval may be delayed.
In most cases, the NZ eTA processing time is short and applicants can expect to receive approval by email within 1-3 business days from the day of application.
Israeli travellers will also need to pay for the New Zealand eTA’s processing fee and the tourist tax known as the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL). The payment is done through a secured online system. All internationally recognized debit and credit cards are accepted as payment methods.
eTA New Zealand’s Requirements From Israel
Before starting the eTA NZ application process, Israeli passport holders must make sure that they meet all the New Zealand eTA’s entry requirements from Israel:
- Having an unexpired Israeli passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the return date from New Zealand
- Having a valid debit or credit card for paying the eTA fee and the IVL
- Having an active email address where all the information regarding the NZ eTA and the visa waiver approval will be sent
- Being in good health and able to show proof of sufficient funds to cover the expenses of the trip to New Zealand
- Not having past criminal convictions and immigration offences
It is mandatory to apply for an eTA to New Zealand using the same passport that will be used to enter the country. Israeli travellers whose passport is about to expire must make sure to obtain a new passport and use it for applying. The same is valid for any dual nationals.
Applicants should also note that Israeli passport holders who are also Australian citizens do not need to apply for an NZ eTA if they are travelling on their Australian passport. They will automatically receive residency status on arrival.
Security and health-related prerequisites to enter New Zealand from Israel
New Zealand’s security forces can deny entry to the country if they suspect any possibility of an Israeli traveller putting the New Zealand society in danger. Anyone who has previously been deported from another country or has criminal convictions that might pose a threat to the New Zealand citizens will not be able to obtain an NZ eTA.
Certain medical conditions require that Israeli applicants obtain medical clearance from the airline’s medical team. Anyone with anaphylaxis, recent surgeries, heart and lung diseases, psychiatric conditions, as well as women in late stages of pregnancy, may be asked to complete a medical clearance form prior to departure.