New Zealand Visa and eTA Types

Different types of visa and eTA available to enter New zealand

New Zealand immigration authorities have made the NZeTA available to foreign visitors from up to 60 visa waiver countries. Travellers from holding passports from these nations are required to carry a valid NZeTA upon their arrival to the island country, starting October 1st, 2019.

The requirements for a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority are simple. Applying is a straightforward process that requires just a few minutes to fill out a form, without leaving the comfort of your home or office.

In order to successfully apply for an NZeTA, you must first determine whether you are required to apply for an NZeTA or a New Zealand visa, and if so, what type of NZeTA you require, or what visa types for NZ fit your needs best.

Do you need a visa or eTA to go to New Zealand?

There are many countries whose citizens are not required to apply for a visa to visit NZ. Make sure to check out who needs a visa for New Zealand while planning your next trip.

There are several instances in which a foreign citizen —regardless of whether they are from a visa waiver country or not— may be required to apply for a visa or an eTA prior to their arrival in New Zealand. Understanding these is key when preparing a trip to NZ.

  • Foreign nationals carrying passports issued by one of the 60 visa waiver countries visiting the nation for under 90 days (or under 6 months for UK nationals) must carry a valid New Zealand eTA, starting from the 1st of October 2019.
  • Travellers with a stopover in Auckland International Airport en route to a third country destination must have an NZeTA for Transit.
  • Citizens from visa waiver countries visiting NZ after the 1st of October 2019, who wish to stay in New Zealand for a longer period than the 90 days permitted in the visa waiver agreement must apply for an NZ visa.
  • Citizens whose nationality is not eligible for visa-free entry into the country are required to carry a valid visa for New Zealand.

Which type of visa or NZeTA do I need to go to New Zealand?

There are many different New Zealand visa types, and 2 different types of New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority. The type of visa or eTA you are required to apply for will depend on:

  • Your nationality
  • Your age
  • The duration of your visit
  • The purpose of your trip or that of your relatives living in New Zealand, if applicable

Travellers need to prove that they are bona fide citizens, have enough money to cover their expenses during their stay and present a travel ticket out of New Zealand to a destination they have the right to enter.

Do I need a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority or a Visa Waiver Visitor Visa?

An NZeTA is essentially a visa waiver. Passport holders from a New Zealand visa waiver country do not have to apply for a visa before travelling to the island country for tourism, provided they are in good health and of good character.

Foreign nationals from visa waiver countries and territories planning to visit New Zealand for tourism may stay for up to 90 days, and are required to carry an eTA for Tourism starting from the beginning of October 2019.

List of Visa Waiver Countries

– All European Union citizens:

– Other Countries:

United Kingdom passport holders, on the other hand, are granted up to 6 months to stay and visit the island with their New Zealand eTA.

If you are taking a cruise in New Zealand, you are also required to carry a Tourism NZeTA, regardless of your nationality.

If you hold a passport from a transit visa waiver country and are passing through Auckland International Airport on the way to a third-country destination, you are required to carry a valid NZeTA for Transit.

If you do not comply with any of the following conditions, you will be required to obtain a visitor visa to visit New Zealand for tourism purposes:

  • Citizen or permanent resident of Australia
  • Citizen of one of the 60 visa waiver eligible countries and territories
  • Holder of the United Nations laissez-passer
  • Eligible for visa-free travel under other specific provisions

New Zealand Medical Treatment Visitor Visa

Foreign nationals from visa waiver countries or territories visiting New Zealand for medical consultations or treatment are required to apply for a New Zealand Medical Treatment Visitor Visa. This is done by presenting the necessary documents and filling out the required forms at a New Zealand embassy or consulate in your country of residence.

New Zealand Transit Visa

International travellers from transit visa waiver countries, that are passing through Auckland International Airport on their way to another country are not required to apply for a visa. They are, however, required to apply for a New Zealand eTA for transit if they have a stopover in NZ from the 1st of October 2019 onwards.

New Zealand has a visa waiver agreement, specifically for transit purposes, with a different set of countries than those listed above for tourism. The list of nations and territories not required to apply for an NZ visa for transit purposes is detailed below.

List of Transit Visa Waiver Countries:

Individuals carrying passports from one of the following countries are included in New Zealand’s transit waiver agreement:

  • Bahamas
  • Bermuda
  • Bolivia
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Indonesia
  • Kiribati
  • Nauru
  • Palau
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Republic of Marshall Islands
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Thailand
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela

NZeTA for Australian Permanent Residents

Australian permanent residents planning to visit NZ after the 1st of October 2019 are required to apply for the eTA NZ prior to their departure from Australia.

Please note that Australian permanent residents are granted eligibility for the NZeTA, regardless of whether they carry a passport from an eligible country or not. Australian permanent residents are not charged the associated IVL fee.

Australian passport holders are granted visa-exempt entry into New Zealand.

New Zealand eTA for Cruises

Citizens taking a cruise in New Zealand who do not have a visa must obtain an NZeTA for Tourism before joining the cruise ship.

Cruise travellers, regardless of their nationality, are required to carry a valid NZeTA for Cruises if they do not already have a visa. The NZeTA for cruise ship passengers can be obtained online, from the comfort of their home or office, in just a few clicks.

Visitors flying into NZ to join a cruise must carry an NZeTA for Tourism, if they hold a passport from a visa waiver country or are Australian permanent residents. Passport holders from a visa-required country must hold a New Zealand tourist visa.

Proof of the NZeTA or New Zealand visa (whichever applies for the traveller’s nationality) must be shown during the cruise check-in:

  • NZeTa confirmation email
  • Printed copy of your NZeTA
  • Printed copy of your eVisa letter

If you are arriving by cruise ship, you will be deemed to hold a visitor visa as soon as you arrive at your first NZ port. The deemed visa expires 28 days after the ship first docks in the country or when it leaves, whichever occurs first.

Regardless of whether you hold an NZeTA or a visa, you must still meet the NZ entry permission requirements:

  • Valid passport with at least 3 months remaining past your intended departure date from New Zealand
  • Hold an onward ticket to depart from New Zealand
  • Good character

New Zealand citizens and Australian nationals do not need a visa or an NZeTA to take a cruise in NZ.

New Zealand Student Visa

Foreign nationals planning to study in New Zealand for more than 3 months need a student visa. NZ offers a range of visas that allow foreigners to go to school, take a course, or do other kinds of academic training.

Students visiting New Zealand to carry on with their studies have several options, depending on their age, nationality, and length of their study program:

  • Visitor visa
  • Fee-paying student visa
  • Exchange student visa
  • Foreign government-supported student visa
  • Occupational registration visitor visa

Can New Zealand Student visa holders work during or after their studies?

Visitors on a student visa may be allowed to work part-time under certain rules, while they complete their studies in New Zealand. Student visa holders who wish to stay in New Zealand and work after they have completed their studies will need to apply for the appropriate visa to do so.

New Zealand Work and Business Visas

Foreign passport holders wishing to work in New Zealand have different visa options, depending on their age, family status, nationality, and whether they have an NZ job offer lined up or not:

  • Skilled migrant category resident
  • Specific purpose work visa
  • Partner of a student work visa
  • Business visitor visa or NZeTA for business
  • Post-study work visa
  • Partner of a worker work visa
  • Silver fern job search work visa
  • Talents (arts, culture, sports) work visa

Visas to Join Family Members in New Zealand

Foreign citizens looking to join family members in New Zealand are also offered different visa options, depending on their relationship with the family member already residing in NZ, as well as the applicant’s nationality. The type of visa required differs whether you are joining your partner, your children, your parents, or extended family members.

What type of visa do I need when joining a partner in New Zealand?

Depending on your partner’s situation in NZ or the nature of your marriage, you may be required to apply for one of the following:

  • Culturally arranged marriage visitor visa
  • Partner of a New Zealander work visa
  • Partner of a New Zealander visitor visa
  • Partner of a student visitor visa
  • Partner of a student work visa
  • Partner of an NZ scholarship student work visa
  • Partner of a worker visitor visa
  • Partner of a worker work visa
  • Partner of military visitor visa
  • Partner of a New Zealander resident visa
  • Permanent resident visa
  • Visa waiver visitor visa
  • Visitor visa

What type of visa do children need when joining their parents in New Zealand?

Depending on the children’s and the parents’ situation, they may be required to apply for one of the following on the child’s behalf:

  • Adoption pre-citizenship visitor visa
  • Adoption visitor visa
  • Child of a New Zealander visitor visa
  • Child of a worker visitor visa
  • Child of a student visitor visa
  • Child of military visitor visa
  • Dependent child resident visa
  • Dependent child student visa
  • Intercountry adoption resident visa
  • Refugee family support resident visa
  • Visa waiver visitor visa
  • Visitor visa

What type of visa do parents need when joining their offspring in New Zealand?

Depending on the resident’s situation and age, their parents may be required to apply for one of the following visa types:

  • Guardian of a student visitor visa
  • Parent and grandparent visitor visa
  • Parent resident visa
  • Refugee family support resident visa
  • Visa waiver visitor visa
  • Visitor visa

What type of visa does extended family need when joining family members in New Zealand?

Depending on the resident’s situation and age, their extended family may be required to apply for one of the following visa types:

  • Parent and grandparent visitor visa
  • Refugee family support resident visa
  • Visa waiver visitor visa
  • Visitor visa