New Zealand offers its visitors limitless outdoor activities as well as modern cities, unique landscapes and the possibility to learn more about its Indigenous culture. Malaysian citizens interested in visiting New Zealand can easily do so by applying online for an NZeTA.
Starting October 1st, 2019, it is mandatory for Malaysians, as well as citizens from all other visa-exempt countries to obtain an NZeTA in order to enter New Zealand for periods of up to 90 days.
Fortunately, getting a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority is easy for Malaysians, since they can now apply for the NZeTA from the comfort of their home or office. The request can be completed from smartphones, tablets and personal computers.
The NZeTA allows visitors multiple entries during its 2-year validity. The maximum length of each visit to New Zealand with the visa waiver is of 90 consecutive days.
When applying for the eTA, travellers might be also required to pay the International Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) to help protect the environment as well as the overall New Zealand infrastructure that they enjoy during their visit. The IVL is only paid once during the total 2-year validity of the eTA.
Do Malaysian citizens need an eTA for New Zealand?
Malaysian passport holders can visit a total of 177 countries visa-free, including New Zealand. The relations between these 2 countries are among the oldest in South East Asia with strong ties in education, tourism, trade, as well as defence and security.
Starting from October 1st, 2019, Malaysian travellers to New Zealand are required to apply for the New Zealand visa waiver before departure. Airline personnel now verifies that each eligible passenger has the required NZeTA prior to boarding a flight en route to New Zealand.
Once obtained, the NZeTA for citizens of Malaysia will remain valid for 2 years from the date of approval and supports multiple entries throughout its duration.
The eTA for New Zealand also benefits visitors by accelerating border control processes and improving border security. At the same time, the NZeTA provides better security for New Zealand in general by providing authorities with an understanding of the identities of visa-exempt visitors.
Nevertheless, the final word on whether a visitor can get into New Zealand falls into the country’s immigration officials at the points of entry. This means that an approved NZeTA does not constitute a guarantee of entry.
eTA New Zealand document requirements for citizens of Malaysia
To apply for the New Zealand eTA, Malaysian citizens have to provide the following required documents:
- Passport with at least 3 months of remaining validity, counting from the date of intended exit from New Zealand
- Filling out the application form of NZeTA for Malaysia
- eTA and IVL fee payment using a valid credit or debit card
- Valid email address
- Proof of travel purpose (if applicable)
If families are travelling together, all family members, including minors, must apply separately for their New Zealand eTA from Malaysia. To request an NZeTA on behalf of minors or other family members, applicants must provide their relative’s passport and personal information when filling out the application.
From October 1st, 2019, visa-exempt nationals must obtain a New Zealand eTA for transit purposes too. This means that Malaysian travellers making a stopover in NZ while flying towards a third destination will also have to carry a valid NZeTA for transit. NZeTA for transit applicants are not required to pay for the IVL when arriving at and leaving from Auckland International Airport.
New Zealand eTA application for Malaysian citizens
The online application form for the NZeTA for Malaysian citizens contains the following basic questions that the applicants must answer:
- Passport information – nationality, passport number, expiry date
- Personal information – name, address, date of birth
- Health and medical disclosure of whether the traveller intends to receive medical treatment or consultation during their stay in NZ
- Security information – criminal conviction history
- Travel plans
In total, the whole process of filling out the eTA application form takes around 10 minutes as the questions are simple and very straightforward.
After completion, it is advisable to re-check the information provided in case of any mistakes or inaccuracies. Any errors in the data may prolong the process, or may even result in the application being rejected.
How long does it take to get the NZeTA from Malaysia?
Obtaining the New Zealand eTA from Malaysia takes 1 business day in most cases. However, it is best to apply for the NZ Electronic Travel Authority at least 3 business days before the intended visit to allow for processing in case additional documents are required.
After approval, New Zealand authorities send applicants the eTA in PDF format via email. It is recommended to print a copy of the eTA should you be required to present it at the port of entry for border control.
The eTA is electronically linked to the traveller’s passport and is accessible for confirmation by travel agents, border agencies and airlines. This will eliminate the need for placing stamps on the visitor’s passport upon arrival.
Applicants holding dual citizenship, need to travel to New Zealand using the same passport that was submitted when completing the NZeTA online application form.