The New Zealand electronic travel authority (eTA) allows Romanian nationals to travel to New Zealand.
The New Zealand government introduced the eTA in August 2019 as a means to increase the country’s border security and make the immigration process seamless.
Travellers from Romania can complete an online eTA New Zealand application form in a matter of minutes and receive the visa waiver by email. There is no need to visit the New Zealand embassy or consulate before travelling.
How Does the eTA New Zealand for Romanian Citizens Work
The eTA new Zealand for Romanians is intended for tourist visits of less than 90 days.
Travellers from Romania who are merely transiting through New Zealand are eligible to apply for an NZ transit eTA. Visitors must note that this type of visa waiver is only valid for Auckland International Airport and does not give the right to visit the country.
In the case of Romanian passport holders who work as crew members on cruise ships or airlines have to obtain a special Crew NZ eTA visa waiver prior to their travel. In this case, it is the employer who must apply for a visa waiver on their behalf.
For stays longer than 90 days as well as any visits for medical purposes, business, and study trips, citizens of Romania have to obtain a visa to New Zealand from the nearest embassy.
How to Apply for an eTA New Zealand as Romanian Traveller
The eTA to New Zealand can be obtained by Romanian citizens through the electronic application form. Applicants are asked to answer a range of questions and enter personal and passport information such as the following:
- Full name
- Place and date of birth
- Nationality (in this case, Romanian)
- Contact details such as a home address, phone number, and email address
- Passport number, country and date of issue, and expiry date
- Travel plans while in New Zealand
In addition, Romanian candidates have to answer several health- and security-related questions before submitting the NZ application form.
It is mandatory to answer the questions in a truthful manner and all the details provided in the form must correspond to the information in the Romanian passport. Otherwise, the visa waiver approval may be delayed by NZ authorities.
Before submitting the New Zealand application from Romania, candidates from Romania have to pay the eTA to NZ processing fee online. This can be done using any major international debit or credit card.
Romanian travellers are also required to pay a tourist NZ tax known as IVL, which stands for International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) and is meant to support the tourism infrastructure within the country.
Once approved, the eTA New Zealand is sent to the Romanian applicant within 1-3 business days to the email address that was provided in the application form.
New Zealand Visa Waiver Entry Documents From Romania
The New Zealand eTA entry requirements for Romanian nationals include having the following documents:
- A Romanian passport valid for at least 3 months after the return from New Zealand
- A valid email address to which all the correspondence and eTA approval will be sent
- A valid debit or credit card to pay the eTA processing fee and the tourist tax
- A printed copy of the visa waiver that is to be presented at the port of entry along with the passport
All dual nationals are required to travel with the same passport that they used in the application form. Romanian nationals who have Australian citizenship are not required to obtain an eTA if they are travelling to New Zealand on their Australian passport. They will automatically receive residency status on arrival.
Note that New Zealand eTA is an authorisation to travel and does not guarantee the right to enter the country. This decision is made by the border immigration officer at the port of entry to New Zealand.
Travelling to New Zealand From Romania
The New Zealand eTA from Romania grants travellers multiple entries for a period of 2 years. During this time, they can visit the country as many times as they wish, given that each individual stay lasts less than 90 days.
The NZ eTA’s two-year validity is tied to the validity of the applicant’s passport. This means that if the Romanian passport expires earlier, it is necessary to apply for a new eTA NZ from Romania.
Travellers who are staying in New Zealand on an eTA are not allowed to renew the visa waiver online once it has expired. They can request an extension in writing to Immigration New Zealand, PO Box 76895, Manukau City, Auckland 2241. However, extensions are granted only in special circumstances and the request must be accompanied by supporting documentation.
It is important to note that an overstayed New Zealand eTA can incur severe penalties. Foreign citizens -including Romanians- whose New Zealand eTA has expired are legally obliged to leave the country, otherwise, they may risk detention and deportation.