If you plan to visit New Zealand for a short
period, you must request an NZeTA before you travel if you: travel on a
passport from a country on the list of visa waiver countries and territories,
and are visiting for up to 3 months — or, if you are a British citizen, up to 6
From 1 October 2019, visitors from
visa-waiver countries must request a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority
(NZeTA) before travelling to New Zealand. This includes children, citizens not required to have a visa to enter
New Zealand and anyone who is only passing through an airport on their way
Caroline Ryan, Licensed Immigration Adviser said the New Zealand Government now also requires you to pay an international Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL). The IVL costs NZ$35 and is processed and payable when you apply for your visa or NZeTA.
Some visitors and transit passengers can
travel to New Zealand without a visa if they get an NZeTA before they travel.
The NZeTA is valid for many visits and up
to 2 years. You can:
Travel to New Zealand without
first applying for a visa – if you are from a visa waiver country, a cruise
ship passenger or a permanent resident of Australia.
Pass through Auckland
International Airport as a transit passenger on the way to or from Australia.
Pass through Auckland
International Airport as a transit passenger on the way to another country – if
you are from a visa waiver or transit visa waiver country.
Get someone to help you with
your NZeTA request – you will need to tell them about your criminal conviction
history and whether you are seeking medical treatment in New Zealand.
INZ notes that if you are from a visa
waiver country you must hold an NZeTA before you travel; allow up to 72 hours
for processing, but it could take as little as 10 minutes; An NZeTA request
costs NZD $9 on INZ app or $12 if completed online; you pay an international
Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) at the same time as your NZeTA
which costs NZD $35.
Once you have requested an NZeTA you can
check its status.
You do not need an NZeTA if you:
Are a New Zealand citizen
travelling on – a New Zealand passport, or a foreign passport that has a New
Zealand citizen endorsement
Are an Australian citizen
travelling on an Australian passport
Hold a valid visa for New
Zealand, including a Permanent Resident Visa
Immigration NZ has already
received more than 200,000 electronic visa applications from travellers in
light of border control measures which were announced in August. Additional
staff have been put into INZ’s Border Operations and Identity Services teams
and into the Immigration Contact Centre in order to manage enquiries and
The measure is designed to strengthen
New Zealand’s border security and prevent people travelling here who are
considered a risk to the country’s safety by identifying them well before