The New Zealand eTA is an electronic visa waiver that allows citizens of up to 60 eligible countries to travel to New Zealand. From October 31st, 2019, citizens of eligible countries, including Sweden, are required to obtain the NZeTA before travelling to the country. Swedish passport holders transiting through New Zealand on their way to another destination will also be required to obtain an NZeTA.
Additionally, people who work on cruise ships or airlines as crew members will have to obtain a Crew NZeTA visa waiver prior to their arrival in the country. The Crew eTA visa waiver is valid for up to 5 years.
The NZeTA allows for a safer and more convenient travel experience for all visitors to New Zealand. It has been designed to pre-screen individuals before they arrive in New Zealand and to identify potential security risks associated with travelling to the country before they occur.
Necessary travel documentation for the eTA New Zealand from Sweden
In order to successfully apply for an NZeTA, the traveller must have a passport from one of the eligible countries that has a remaining validity of at least 3 months from the date of exit from New Zealand.
Since the visa waiver will be sent to applicant’s email address provided in their NZeTA application, travellers will need to make sure to provide a valid email address while filling out the online form.
What are the eTA NZ requirements for Swedish citizens?
The NZeTA requirements that the government of New Zealand has set for all foreigners travelling to the country are simple and straightforward. Swedish nationals applying for an NZeTA are required to fill out an online form with their personal and passport information.
In addition to the above requirements, Eligible citizens, including Swedish applicants are required to pay the International Visitor Conservation and Tourist Levy or IVL. The IVL is essentially a tourist tax meant to preserve the touristic attractions that people visit and support the tourism infrastructure within the country. The tourist tax is charged along with a processing fee except in the case of transit passengers, which are not required to pay the IVL.
Both fees can be paid using a debit or credit card while completing the NZeTA for Swedish citizens online application form.
NZeTA application for citizens of Sweden
In order to successfully apply for the NZeTA, Swedish nationals will need to provide a range of information such as their full name, date of birth, address, and passport details. Applicants will also have to answer simple questions regarding any past criminal history or the intention to receive medical treatment or consultation during their stay in NZ.
Travellers must ensure that the information they provide on the NZeTA form exactly matches that shown on their travel documents. Otherwise, the traveller may have to deal with visa waiver denials or other delays to their travel plans.
Foreign nationals, including Swedish citizens, who hold more than one passport need to use the same passport for their travel to New Zealand as the one they used to fill out their NZeTA application. This is due to the fact that the eTA visa waiver is tied to a specific passport, therefore, the same passport should be used to enter and exit New Zealand.
Travelling to New Zealand from Sweden
Swedish tourists are advised to revise the information they have entered on the online application form before submitting it in order to ensure that all the information provided is as accurate as possible. Upon submission, travellers can expect to receive their NZeTA visa waiver via email within 3 business days.
The NZeTA visa waiver is valid for up to 2 years and allows a maximum stay of up to 90 days in New Zealand for touristic endeavours. All NZeTA holders are also allowed multiple entries into New Zealand as long as they have not exhausted the maximum length of stay permitted by their visa waiver.
For longer stays, travellers may want to consider applying for a New Zealand visitor visa instead since it has a maximum length of stay of up to 9 months. There are other types of tourist visas offered by the New Zealand government that travellers may want to look into in order to make sure that the correct visa waiver type is selected for their visit.
Swedish NZeTA holders will have to present their visa waiver to New Zealand Border Security officials at the port of entry, therefore, it is good practice to take a printed copy of the visa waiver when you travel.
Travellers must also plan their trip such that they depart from New Zealand in time before their visa waiver expires in order to avoid any potential issues with overstaying their visa waiver.