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 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.
All citizens of the following 60 countries will now need an eTA to visit New Zealand:
Citizen of any nationality can apply for an NZeTA if arriving New Zealand by a cruise ship. However, if traveller is arriving by air, then the traveller must be from a 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.
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