British citizens can now visit New Zealand for tourism or business purposes with the New Zealand eTA, an electronic travel authority designed for nationals from visa-waiver countries. The NZeTA application for UK nationals is available online and very simple to complete.
From October 1st, 2019 onwards, British citizens must obtain an electronic travel authorisation (eTA for NZ ) before being able to travel to New Zealand for tourism purposes or business purposes.
The NZeTA is also required for UK transit passengers with a layover in Auckland International Airport en route to a third-country destination. The eTA is not a visa but is still a mandatory requirement in order to enter or transit through New Zealand.
Together with a New Zealand eTA fee, most travellers also need to pay the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (NZ IVL) to support New Zealand’s infrastructure as well as to protect and help the natural environment.
The online application form for the New Zealand eTA for British citizens is quick and straightforward to complete. Upon approval, the NZ eTA from the United Kingdom will be sent to an email address provided by the applicant on the form.
Do United Kingdom Citizens need an eTA for New Zealand?
UK citizens don’t need a visa for New Zealand for short-term trips. However, visa-exempt travellers, including Brits, need to obtain a New Zealand eTA before departure. It is mandatory for all British nationals to obtain a New Zealand eTA in order to enter or transit through NZ, starting October 1st, 2019.
The New Zealand eTA for the United Kingdom is valid for 2 years or until the passport’s expiry date, whichever comes first. British citizens can stay in New Zealand for up to 6 months at a time. What’s more, the eTA supports multiple entries, allowing travellers to enter and exit any time they want during the course of its validity.
The Transit NZeTA allows British passengers to remain in the transit area of Auckland International Airport or on board their aircraft, but not to exit the airport. It can be used for multiple trips throughout its 2-year validity.
Once approved, the eTA will remain electronically linked to the traveller’s passport, eliminating the need to receive a passport stamp from border control officials upon arrival.
eTA New Zealand Document requirements for British Citizens
To successfully apply for the NZeTA from Britain, it is necessary to meet the following eTA requirements and present the below documents:
- Passport with at least 3 months of remaining validity after the intended exit date from New Zealand. The passport must show that the traveller has the right to reside permanently in the UK
- A completed online NZeTA application form for UK citizens
- Credit or debit card to pay the eTA and IVL fees (if applicable)
Applicants are also required to answer questions regarding the purpose of their travel and any criminal history on the eTA NZ application form. Since the eTA is an electronic document sent to foreigners via email, UK citizens need to provide a valid email address. It is only necessary to pay the IVL once – during the 2 — at the moment of requesting the Tourism NZeTA — to cover the 2-year validity of the eTA.
The vast majority of visa-exempt nationals, including children, will need a valid eTA before travelling to New Zealand. British applicants filling out the NZeTA online application form on behalf of other family members must make sure to use their child’s or their relative’s passport details as well as their personal information.
New Zealand eTA Application for Citizens of the United Kingdom
Some basic information must be provided on the online eTA application form, This may include:
- Personal info – Full name, birthdate, address, contact details
- Passport details – Passport number, nationality, issue and expiry date
- Security questions, such as any history of criminal convictions
- Travel itinerary – Hotel bookings, dates
Cruise passengers must obtain a valid NZeTA just like British travellers arriving to New Zealand by air. However, crew members can apply for a specific eTA, separate from that of tourists. These workers should contact their employer for assistance.
Brits who plan on only transiting through Auckland International Airport on their way to a final destination outside of New Zealand should also obtain a valid eTA.
How Long Does it Take to Get the New Zealand eTA from the UK?
Travellers are encouraged to apply for the New Zealand eTA from the UK at least 3 business days prior to the intended date of departure to allow enough time for document and information screening by New Zealand officials.
Most applications are processed within 1 business day and applicants are notified via email once their NZeTA is approved. However, on rare occasions, some applications may take longer in case of errors or missing required documents.
Once processed, applicants receive the approved NZ eTA via email. The NZeTA is also electronically linked to their passport. Applicants are advised to print a copy of the NZeTA to present at border control at the port of entry.
Holders of an NZeTA from the UK must use the same passport to travel to New Zealand as the one used when completing the online application form. Applicants holding dual-citizenship should keep this in mind.