As a citizen of Switzerland, it is quite simple to visit New Zealand. Swiss nationals can now travel to New Zealand with the NZ eTA, an electronic travel authority that can easily be obtained online from your smartphone or personal computer.
As of October 1st, 2019, the Electronic Travel Authorization for New Zealand is obligatory for visa-exempt visitors, including Swiss citizens. All eligible travellers are required to obtain the New Zealand eTA before travelling to the country.
The NZ eTA from Switzerland will reinforce national and cross-border security by allowing New Zealand authorities to pre-screen visitors to the country, as well as accelerate border control procedures.
Together with the eTA, New Zealand also introduced the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) as a small payment that will help in protecting the natural environment as well as contribute to New Zealand’s infrastructure.
Do Swiss Citizens Need a Visa for New Zealand?
New Zealand eTA applications are already available, and with an approved NZ eTA Swiss citizens can visit New Zealand for 90 consecutive days, without having to obtain a regular NZ tourist visa for the country.
It is mandatory for Swiss travelers to apply for a New Zealand eTA from Switzerland prior to departure, starting October 1st, 2019.
Once obtained, the eTA allows multiple entries for a maximum stay of 90 consecutive days each time throughout its 2-year validity. Applicants are only required to pay the IVL once during the eTA’s validity
Once obtained, the eTA will allow multiple entries for a stay of 90 consecutive days each time throughout its 2-year validity. Applicants will only be required to pay the IVL once during the eTA’s validity.
Applying for the New Zealand eTA for citizens of Switzerland is fast and simple. The eTA NZ application form takes roughly 10 minutes to complete with basic personal and passport information, and travel plans. Once approved, the NZ eTA for Swiss citizens is electronically linked to the passport, by passing the need for passport stamps at airport border control.
eTA New Zealand Document Requirements for Citizens of Switzerland
To successfully apply for the New Zealand eTA, citizens of Switzerland are required to meet the following eTA NZ requirements for documents:
- Passport with at least 3 months of remaining validity after the date of intended exit from New Zealand
- A filled-out eTA NZ for Switzerland online application form
- A valid credit or debit card to pay the eTA and IVL fees
- A recent photograph of the traveller, passport-size
- A scan of the passport information page
- Declaration of the purpose of travel and history of criminal convictions
- Valid residence permit for Switzerland (Swiss permanent residents only)
Applicants are also required to provide a current email address at which to receive the approved eTA visa waiver.
Starting October 1st, 2019, Swiss citizens transiting through New Zealand are also required to obtain a New Zealand eTA from Switzerland for transit purposes before departure.
Applicants planning to travel together with other family members, including minors, must apply individually for each New Zealand eTA. To apply on behalf of family members, applicants must specify that they are doing so on the form as well as disclose their relationship with the applicant. Parents or legal guardians applying on behalf of minors are required to provide official documents proving their status towards the minor.
New Zealand eTA Application for Swiss Citizens
It is necessary to provide a range of information on the online application form for the eTA New Zealand for citizens of Switzerland, including:
- Personal information – Full name, birthdate, address
- Passport information – Passport number, nationality, expiry date
- Health history information – Medical history and vaccinations
- Travel plans – Hotels, dates
- Security information – History of criminal convictions
Completing the application form should take around 10 minutes in total. To avoid delays in the processing time or rejection of the application, all applicants are advised to double-check the information provided for any possible errors or inaccuracies.
The application fees for the NZ eTA will be non-refundable in case of rejection or cancellation.
How much time does it Take to Get an NZeTA from Switzerland?
It generally can take between one to three business days to get a response for the New Zealand eTA from Switzerland application. Although most applications are approved within 1 business day, travellers from Switzerland are advised to apply at least 3 business days prior to their expected departure date in order to allow sufficient processing time.
If approved, the applicant will receive the NZ eTA in PDF format via email. As the approved eTA is also electronically attached to the applicant’s passport, it is not mandatory to print out the eTA. Nevertheless, it is still a good idea to print a copy to present at NZ border control alongside their passport, just in case they request it.
It is necessary to use the same passport to travel to New Zealand as that used to complete the eTA online application form. Travellers with dual citizenship should keep this in mind.