New Zealand is an island country with beautiful landscapes, rich history, and plenty of opportunities for adventure that attracts tourists from all over the world. Travellers from Poland who would like to experience NZ first hand need to register online for an NZeTA. The New Zealand Travel Authority is an obligatory requirement for citizens of visa waiver countries, including Poland, in order to enter the country.
The government of New Zealand has rolled out a new electronic visa waiver that is a mandatory travel requirement since October 31st, 2019. Polish passport holders are one citizens of over 60 nationalities eligible to obtain an NZeTA visa waiver online prior to their arrival in the country.
The online NZeTA application process is easy to complete, fast, and convenient for the travellers and does not require having to visit a local embassy or consulate. The travellers receive the NZeTA visa via email and can then print it out to take with them to the airport when they travel.
The NZeTA visa is also required for Polish nationals transiting through New Zealand on their way to another destination. Crew members from Poland on board cruise ships or airlines will also be required to obtain a Crew eTA prior to their arrival in New Zealand.
The NZeTa is the perfect travel document for Polish citizens who wish to visit New Zealand for tourism, leisure or business for up to 90 days per stay. However, travellers who plan to stay in NZ for longer may like to consider the variety of different tourist visas that the New Zealand government offers to fit other travel needs.
eTA NZ application form for Polish citizens
The application for the NZeTA from Poland is quite simple and straightforward and only takes a few minutes to complete. In order to successfully complete the process, Polish applicants need to make sure they meet the NZeTA requirements.
In order to apply for the NZeTA, Polish citizens need to fill out the online application form with their basic personal information such as their name, date of birth, address as well as their passport details.
It is important for applicants to provide accurate information while filling out the form. Any discrepancies between the information provided and that on the traveller’s Polish passport might result in delays or even a denial of the visa waiver.
Travellers will have the opportunity to review the information entered on the form before submitting it. It can take up to 3 business days after the traveller submits the online application for them to receive the visa waiver at the email address they provided.
The NZeTA visa waiver grants Polish holders multiple entries into New Zealand with a maximum length of 90 consecutive days per trip during its 2-year validity. A printed copy of the NZeTA visa should be taken by the traveller on his/her journey to New Zealand as it will have to be presented to Immigration and Customs Officials alongside their passport at the New Zealand port of entry.
Basic Requirements for Polish citizens to Enter New Zealand
The New Zealand government requires Polish citizens to have a current passport with a validity of at least 3 months past the intended date of departure from New Zealand. Applicants are also required to pay a processing fee as well as a tourist tax called the International Visitor Conservation and Tourist Levy (IVL). Both of these may be covered by Polish applicants using a valid debit or credit card upon completing their eTA NZ form. The tourist tax is used to support the tourism infrastructure in the country and help preserve the natural environment visitors enjoy during their stay in NZ.
Health information for entry into NZ from Poland
Travellers visiting New Zealand from Poland will be asked to complete a section pertaining to their health while filling our their NZeTA application form. This includes disclosing whether they are travelling to the country to seek medical attention or treatment.
Criminal Record information to enter New Zealand
Travellers from Poland, just as all other NZeTA eligible citizens will also have to answer questions in the NZeTA form ascertaining their good character. Applicants are advised to respond honestly throughout their NZeTA application form since any ommission or error may lead to their NZeTA being denied.
According to the government of New Zealand, a good character entails that the person has never been deported or removed from another country. Additionally, they do not have any criminal convictions on their record that might pose a threat to the New Zealand public.
Circumstances that require Polish citizens to Get a Visa Instead of an eTA
Whether or not a traveller should apply for a NZeTA depends on a number of factors including:
- The intended length of their stay in NZ
- The purpose of their trip
Polish citizens who intend to stay in New Zealand for under 90 days may do so with an NZeTA. On the other hand, travellers who wish to stay longer, or are visiting the island country for work, to further their studies, or join family members who already reside in NZ would need a different type of New Zealand visa.
If this is your case, make sure to visit a New Zealand embassy or consulate where the personnel will help you find the visa that best suits your needs and inform you about its requirements and conditions.
Please note that, although the NZeTA for Polish citizens has a processing time of up to 3 business days, obtaining a different type of visa for New Zealand may take quite a bit longer.