New Zealand is a delightful travel destination for many around the world – and for all the right reasons. Its harmonious blend between its undisturbed nature and its modern cities makes it a perfect vacation spot. If you would like to visit New Zealand, you are required to carry a valid NZeTA visa waiver, starting October 1st, 2019.
Singaporeans, as well as all other citizens from NZ’s visa-exempt countries, can stay in New Zealand with the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) for up to 3 months.
Eligible transit passengers and cruise travellers are required to apply for a Transit NZeTA.
Apart from the eTA, applicants also have to pay for the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL). Both, the eTA and IVL should be paid for only once during the whole validity of the eTA. (IVL) was implemented as a requirement for foreign visitors to help protect the natural environment and contribute to New Zealand’s infrastructure.
The New Zealand eTA for Singapore is valid for 2 years or until the traveller’s passport expiry date, depending on which comes first. It supports multiple entries and allows visitors to travel and stay within New Zealand for a maximum period of 90 days.
Airline and cruise ship crews also need to hold an eTA starting October 1st, 2019, which will be valid for up to 5 years. Crew members do not have to pay for the IVL. However, if crew members are visiting New Zealand, then they will have to apply for a tourist eTA NZ and pay for the IVL.
Singapore applicants have to complete the quick online New Zealand eTA application form by answering a number of basic personal questions. Once obtained, the eTA remains electronically linked to the traveller’s passport and is accessible for confirmation by travel agents, airlines and border agencies.
Do Singaporean citizens need a visa for New Zealand?
The Singaporean passport is one of the 3 most widely accepted passports in the world, allowing its citizens unrestricted access to 189 countries worldwide.
Singaporeans can enter New Zealand with an NZeTA for tourism purposes and stay there for up to 90 days. For longer visits or other purposes, Singaporeans need to apply for a visa to New Zealand before departure.
It is mandatory to obtain the New Zealand eTA for Singapore citizens starting October 1st, 2019. There is no need to place a label or stamp on the citizen’s passport as the eTA is electronically linked to it.
The International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) only has to be paid once for the duration of the eTA validity.
The eTA NZ from Singapore allows New Zealand the possibility of screening visa-exempt travellers in advance in order to eliminate border and immigration risks as well as make border crossing a seamless process.
eTA New Zealand document requirements for citizens of Singapore
To apply for a New Zealand eTA from Singapore, applicants must provide the following documents:
- A passport, valid for at least 3 months after the date of planned exit
- A complete NZ eTA for Singapore application form
- Payment of the eTA and IVL through a debit or credit card
- A recent digital passport-size photograph
- Email address
- Criminal Conviction History
- Purpose of travel
- Travel insurance – optional
- Passport’s biographical page scan
Moreover, residents of Singapore must provide a valid residence permit.
Travelling as a family will require applying for the NZ eTA separately for each family member, including minors.
The eTA New Zealand from Singapore has the following advantages:
- It minimizes the time at border control and increases security
- It improves screening of travellers before arrival in New Zealand
Applicants with dual citizenship must travel using the passport they used when completing the NZeTA online application form to enter New Zealand.
New Zealand eTA application for citizens of Singapore
The New Zealand eTA for Singaporeans requires the following basic questions to be answered:
- Personal information – full name, address, date of birth
- Passport Information – expiry date, passport number
- Health history – vaccinations and medical history
- Security information – criminal conviction
Completing the NZ eTA application form takes around 10 minutes in total. It is essential to double-check the information provided in order to avoid typos and errors. Any missing information or inconsistencies will result in a delay or even in your eTA application being rejected.
How long does it take to get a New Zealand eTA from Singapore?
Although most NZeTAs are processed within 1 business day, travellers are advised to apply for the New Zealand eTA 3 business days prior to the intended date of departure in case any additional documents are required.
Upon approval, applicants will receive an email with the New Zealand eTA in PDF format. You are advised to print out a copy of your approved NZeTA in case you are requested to present it to authorities at the port of entry.