New Zealand is a unique travel destination for many around the world. Its perfect blend of undisturbed nature and modern cities makes it an ideal 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 Authority (eTA) for up to 3 per visit.
Apart from the eTA, those applicants not in transit 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.
Eligible transit passengers and cruise travellers are also required to apply for a Transit NZeTA, although they will not be charged the associated Tourism Levy.
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 per trip.
Airline and cruise ship crews also need to hold an eTA. Singaporean 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 waiver for New Zealand?
Singaporeans do not need a visa to enter New Zealand for tourism and business purposes when their stay does not exceed 90 days; however, that does not mean they do not need travel documentation. When planning such a visit to New Zealand, it is mandatory to obtain the New Zealand eTa for Singapore citizens since October 1st, 2019.
They might also be asked to pay for the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL). It only has to be paid once and applies to the duration of the eTA validity.
The eTA NZ from Singapore allows New Zealand authorities 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.
For longer visits or other travelling purposes, nationals of Singapore must check what conditions apply and obtain a visa to New Zealand before departure.
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 NZeTA for Singapore application form
- Payment of the eTA and IVL through a debit or credit card
- Email address
- Purpose of travel
Travelling as a family will require applying for the NZeTA 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 on 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 information – intention of receiving medical consultation or treatment during your stay
- Security information – criminal conviction
Completing the NZeTA 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 may 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. It is recommended to print out a copy of the approved New Zealand Travel Authority in case immigration officials request to see it at the port of entry.