New Zealand is introducing a new travel requirement that will affect many international travellers coming to New Zealand. From 1 October 2019, most visitors to New Zealand will need to request an NZETA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) to enter the country. The NZETA will enable travellers from 60 visa-waiver countries to stay in NZ for up to three months, or up to 6 months for United Kingdom citizens. The NZETA must be applied for and issued before people travel to New Zealand.
Who must hold an NZETA before travelling to New Zealand?
People visiting or in transit from a visa-waiver country — that is, a country whose passport holders do not need to get a visa before they arrive in New Zealand. This will include United Kingdom citizens.
People travelling on a passport from a transit visa-waiver country, and who will be in transit through Auckland International Airport’s transit lounge on the way to another country.
Permanent residents of Australia.
Cruise ship passengers from all countries will need to apply for an NZeTA.
How long will my NZETA be valid for?
The NZeTA is valid for multiple entries to New Zealand for two years
When do I need to apply for the NZETA?
It will take up to 72 hours for your application to assessed, so anyone coming to New Zealand should request their NZETA in plenty of time.
How much will the NZETA costs?
Application can be made online via an official app or on the Immigration New Zealand website. There is a small fee.
When a person requests an NZeTA, there will be an additional and automatic charge for an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL).
Therefore the total payment will be:
What are these additional fees for?
The number of visitors to New Zealand has grown strongly over the past few years, and growth is expected to continue. Tourism is an extremely important part of the New Zealand economy.
Immigration New Zealand states that the NZETA has been introduced to achieve the following purposes:
address smuggling and biosecurity risks
improve the traveller experience
support New Zealand’s international relationships and agreements; and
adapt to the changing needs and requirements of the government, stakeholders and travellers over time.
The Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) will raise up to NZ$450 million across the first five years to be used to expand NZ's tourism infrastructure. The funds will also be used to improve the protection of the country's natural environment.
If you have any question regarding the NZETA or would like more information about applying for visas to live and work in New Zealand, please get in touch:
UK Office: +44 (0) 148 355 0920
NZ Office: +64 03 355 1495