The New Zealand government has introduced an electronic visa waiver (NZeTA) that makes it easier for Slovenian passport holders, as well as 60 other nationalities, to travel to the country.
This visa waiver program allows citizens from Slovenia to visit the island country without having to visit a New Zealand embassy or consulate to obtain the required paperwork. Instead, they can simply apply for the NZeTA visa waiver online and receive the visa waiver via email within days before they travel to the country.
The New Zealand eTA is geared towards making it easier for people to travel to the country for tourism. Nevertheless, Slovenian citizens travelling to the island for purposes other than tourism, business or transit, or that intend to stay in NZ for longer than 90 consecutive days, have a variety of NZ tourist waiver visas to select from. Therefore, travellers should go over the different types of tourist visas and apply for one that best fits their travel needs.
NZeTA eligibility Requirements from Slovenia
The New Zealand government requires that all foreigners travelling to the country on an NZeTA meet certain basic requirements. Visitors must have a passport from one of the 60 eligible countries that have a remaining validity of at least 3 months beyond the intended date of exit from New Zealand.
The NZeTA applicant must cover both the visa waiver processing fee and a tourist tax called International Visitor Conservation and Tourist Levy (IVL) using a debit or credit card. The IVL is collected to ensure the preservation of the natural environment that travellers enjoy during their stay in New Zealand.
Slovenian nationals with passports from different countries must make sure to travel on the same passport that they used to apply for the NZeTA. Their NZeTA will be tied to the passport that they used to apply for the visa waiver and therefore only that passport can be used for entering and exiting New Zealand.
Can Slovenian citizens apply for an NZeTA?
Slovenia is one of the European Union member states, therefore, its citizens are eligible to apply for a New Zelanad Visa Waiver. This visa waiver is valid for up to 2 years and allows multiple entries into New Zealand of up to 90 days per stay in the country.
When should citizens of Slovenia apply for eTA New Zealand?
The NZeTA from Slovenia is intended for visitors entering New Zealand for tourism and shorter stays of up to 90 days in total.
For longer stays, tourists and participants in sports/adventure activities might want to consider applying for the New Zealand Visitor Visa instead, since it allows holders a maximum length of stay of up to 9 months.
Travellers can apply for the NZeTA visa waiver just before their planned trip. However, it is highly recommended that applicants allow for at least 72 hours for the NZeTA request to be processed and be sent via email before departure towards their intended trip.
Applying for the NZeTA visa waiver well in advance of the trip will allow for any additional processing that might be needed or in the event of unexpected delays.
Information about travelling to New Zealand from Slovenia
When Slovenian travellers are ready to apply for an NZeTA, they may access the New Zealand eTA online visa waiver application form.
Applicants will have to fill out some personal data such as their name, date of birth, address, and answer some simple questions regarding their criminal history and plans for onward travel after their visit to New Zealand. The applicant will also be required to provide passport information and answer questions on their health and whether they have the intention to receive medical consultation or treatment in NZ.
Once the application has been accurately filled out and the payment has been submitted, the petitioner will receive the NZeTA visa waiver within 3 business days. The applicant should take a printed copy of the NZeTA as it will have to be presented to New Zealand Border Security officials at the port of entry.
Travellers are advised to plan their trip in such a way that they leave the country before their NZeTA expires in order to avoid issues that might come up for overstaying their New Zealand visa waiver.