An electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) is a new entry requirement that provides authorisation to travel to and enter New Zealand for short-term stays, tourism or business visitor activities. All non-citizens require a Visa or electronic Travel Authorization to enter New Zealand.
The New Zealand eTA (NZeTA) (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authorisation) is an electronic travel authorisation which was launched by the Immigration Agency, Government of New Zealand after July 2019.
It is obligatory for citizens of all 60 visa waiver countries to obtain New Zealand eTA Visa (NZeTA), and all cruise travelers, by October 2019. All airline and cruise line crew will also need to hold a Crew New Zealand eTA (NZeTA) before travelling to New Zealand (NZ).
The New Zealand eTA (NZeTA) visa is valid for a period of 2 years and can be used for multiple visits. Applicants can apply for NZ eTA from their mobile, tablet, PC or computer and receive it in their email inbox by using this New Zealand eTA application form.
It is quick process which requires you filling an New Zealand eTA application form online, this can as little as five (5) minutes to complete. This is a completely online process. The payment for NZeTA can be made by Debit / Credit card or PayPal. New Zealand eTA (NZeTA)visa is issued within 48-72 hours after the application form has been successfully completed and fee paid by the applicant online.
Before October 1st 2019 there used to be a number of nationalities who could travel to New Zealand without obtaining a visa for up to 90 days. Citizens from the UK can enter for up to 6 months and Australians hold residency status on arrival.
However from October 1st, 2019 onwards, passport holders from all 60 visa waiver countries are required to apply for a New Zealand eTA Visa before travelling to the country, even if just transiting through New Zealand on the way to a final destination. The eTA New Zealand is valid for a total of 2 years.
If coming by cruise ship, you can apply for New Zealand eTA Visa regardless of your nationality. You do not have to be from a New Zealand Visa Waiver country to get New Zealand eTA if mode of arrival is cruise ship.
All citizens of the following 60 countries will now need an eTA to visit New Zealand:
Citizen of any nationality can apply for an New Zealand eTA Visa (New Zealand Visa) if arriving New Zealand by a cruise ship. However, if traveller is arriving by air, then the traveller must be from a New Zealand Visa Waiver or Visa Free country, then only will NZeTA (New Zealand eTA) be valid for the passenger arriving into the country.
New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) applicants will need to provide the following information at the time of filling out online eTA application form:
Australian citizens are exempt from applying for the eTA NZ. Australian permanent residents of other nationalities —regardless of whether they carry a passport from an eligible country or not— need to apply for an eTA but are not required to pay the associated tourist levy.
Other exemptions from the New Zealand eTA Visa Waiver include:
Travelers who intend to apply online for New Zealand Electronic Travel Authorization (NZeTA) must fulfil the following conditions:
The applicant’s passport must be valid for at least three months beyond the departure date, that the date when you leave New Zealand.
There should also be a blank page on the passport so that the Customs Officer can stamp your passport.
The applicant will receive New Zealand Electronic Travel Authorization (NZeTA) by email, therefore a valid Email ID is required to receive eTA NZ. The form can be complete by the visitors intending to arrive by clicking here New Zealand eTA application form.
The applicant, at the time of filing application for NZeTA or at the border may be asked to provide purpose of their visit, they must apply for the right type of visa, for a business visit or medical visit, a separate visa should be applied.
The applicant will need to provide their location in New Zealand. (such as Hotel Address, Relative/Friends Address)
The applicant may be asked to provide evidence that they can financially support and sustain themselves during their stay in New Zealand. Either a bank statement of credit card may be required for an eTA NZ applicant.
The applicant may be required to show that they intend to leave New Zealand after the purpose of trip for which NZ eTA was applied is over. An appropriate New Zealand Visa is required for a longer stay in New Zealand.
If the applicant does not have an onward ticket, they may provide the proof of funds and ability to buy a ticket in the future.
New Zealand Transit Visa allows an individual to transit from New Zealand via air or water (Aircraft or Cruise ship) while making a stopover or layover in New Zealand. In this case you do not need a New Zealand Visa but instead need a New Zealand eTA Visa.
While stopping over at Auckland International Airport towards an onward destination towards a third country other than New Zealand, you need to apply for an eTA New Zealand for Transit. All citizens who are from New Zealand Visa Waiver (New Zealand eTA Visa) countries can apply for New Zealand Transit Visa which is a special type of New Zealand eTA (electronic Travel Authority) without the International Visitor Levy component in the NZeTA Visa.
Note that if you apply for eTa New Zealand for Transit then you are not allowed to go out of the Auckland International Airport.
Citizens of countries who have a bilateral agreement if New Zealand Government are eligible for New Zealand Visa for Transit (NZeTA transit). This list is kept up to date at New Zealand Transit Visa waiver countries.
New Zealand eTA offered on this website is the most convenient entry authority available in usually one business day for the citizens of New Zealand Visa Waiver countries.
However, if your nationality if not represented in the eTA New Zealand country list, then you have to apply for a long winded route of New Zealand Visa.
If you are planning to visit New Zealand by cruise ship, then you are eligible to apply for New Zealand eTA (New Zealand electronic Travel Authority or NZeTA). You can spend short stays in New Zealand up to 90 days or 180 days depending on your nationality on the NZeTA.
Citizen of any nationality can apply for New Zealand eTA if coming by cruise ship.
If you are an Australian Permanent Resident then you can avail the New Zealand eTA (New Zealand electronic Travel Authority or NZeTA) without paying the International Visitor Levy (IVL) component Fee.
The following are the key eligibility requirements to acquire a New Zealand eTA Visa (New Zealand electronic Travel Authority or NZeTA).
The following are passport requirements for New Zealand eTA Visa (New Zealand electronic Travel Authority or NZeTA).
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