Posts about visitors visas for New Zealand
The New Zealand government has announced a new tourist entry approval process known as the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA).
Effective from 1 October 2019, most travelers will need to hold an ETA before entering New Zealand.
Who will have to hold an Electronic Travel Authority?
Most travellers who aren’t required to get a visa before entering New Zealand will have to hold an Electronic Travel Authority. This includes:
- Citizens of visa waiver countries.
- Cruise ship passengers.
- Cruise ship crew.
- Commercial airline crew.
While Australian citizens will be exempt, Australian permanent residents will need to hold an ETA. New Zealand citizens and holders of valid New Zealand visas, both resident and temporary visas, will continue to be able to enter New Zealand without an ETA.
How will I apply for an ETA?
Travellers will be able to quickly and easily apply for their ETA either online or through an app. The cost for online applications will be NZ$12, while applying through the app will only be NZ$9.
Some travellers will also have to pay the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy at the same time as applying for their ETA. You can read more about this levy here.
Would I have to apply for an ETA each time I travel?
No, you won’t. The ETA for standard travellers will be valid for two years, while the ETA for crew members will be valid for five years.
When do applications open?
You can start applying for your ETA from 1 July 2019.
Prior to visiting New Zealand, it is important to find out if you need a visitor’s visa. If you are planning on visiting New Zealand, but you do not intend to study or work, then you may need to apply for a visitor’s visa for New Zealand.
Do I need a visitor’s visa for New Zealand?
If you are not from a visa-waiver country, then you will need to apply for a visitor’s visa for New Zealand. A visitor’s visa could be applicable even if you are simply travelling through New Zealand, where an application for a transit visa may be required.
What are the requirements for a visitor’s visa for New Zealand?
You will need to meet the following requirements:
• Be in a good health
• Be of good character
• A visitor visa needs to fit your purpose for coming to New Zealand
• You need to be a bona fide temporary visitor
What are the passport requirements?
You will be required to provide your passport with your application. The passport has got to be valid for a minimum period of three months, past the date which you intend to leave for New Zealand.
Alternatively it needs to be one month past the date you intend to leave if the government issuing your passport has consular representation in New Zealand.
Proof that you plan to leave New Zealand
You will be required to show visible proof that you fully intend to leave New Zealand within the required period of time.
There are various ways that proof can be shown. You could for example, show travel tickets or even provide written confirmation from a travel agency that shows and proves that your travel has been booked on a specified date to leave the country.
Proof of funds
You will need to be show proof of funds. This serves to ensure that you have sufficient money to support yourself during your stay in New Zealand.
You will need to have a minimum amount of the following:
NZ$1000 per person per month of the visit, or
NZ$400 per person per month if accommodation has already been paid for. (You will need to provide proof of this)
Funds can be in the form of the following:
• Travelers’ cheques
• Bank drafts
• Recognised credit cards with sufficient credit available
• A declaration by a sponsor meeting certain requirements will also be accepted
Who isn’t eligible for a visitor’s visa for New Zealand?
People who do not meet the above requirements are not eligible for a visitor’s visa for New Zealand. In addition criminals are not allowed into New Zealand under any circumstances.
Please note that if your application is incomplete when you submit it and if you provide information which is false, your application can be refused.
It is highly recommended that you have comprehensive medical insurance for the full duration of your visit. If you are fortunate enough to be coming from the United Kingdom or Australia you will receive the same medical coverage as a New Zealand citizen, due to reciprocal health agreements.
How long can I stay in New Zealand?
The easiest way to calculate how long you (holiday makers) can stay is:
• Look at your intended date of departure from New Zealand
• Count back 18 months from this date
• You can stay no more than 9 months during this period.
• There is a possible exception to this where you are considered a genuine visitor / tourist whereby after 9 months you may apply for a further 3 months to complete your travels.
I want to apply for a New Zealand visitor’s visa
If you wish to apply for a New Zealand visitor’s visa, or if you want to find out further information, then it is going to be worth your while to contact us at Intergate Immigration.
We have the knowledge, expertise and professionalism to be able to assist you with all your New Zealand immigration visitor and immigration needs.
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You can email your enquiry to us here, let your journey begin with Intergate Emigration.
As of 21 November 2016, all South African nationals visiting New Zealand will require a visitor visa.
Why have these visa changes for South African nationals been made?
At the moment, people from South Africa do not need to apply for a visitor visa before travelling to New Zealand, with genuine visitors being granted a visitor visa on arrival.
Unfortunately there has been an increase in the number of South African nationals who have been refused entry at the New Zealand border in comparison to other visa waiver countries.
This has lead to Immigration New Zealand’s decision to make it compulsory for South African nationals to apply for visitors visa before travelling to New Zealand to visit the country.
Immigration New Zealand (INZ) General Manager Peter Elms says “We are committed to creating an immigration system that actively welcome and encourages legitimate visitors to New Zealand, but at the same time is able to prevent those who do not meet immigration requirements. These changes bring New Zealand into line with countries such as Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.”
How do these visa changes affect my travels?
If you have a trip to New Zealand booked for travel on or after 21 November, you have to now apply for a visitor visa. Do it sooner rather than later, as Immigration New Zealand’s advice is to apply for a visitor visa at least 6 weeks prior to your travel date.
Should you be travelling to New Zealand before 21 November, you do not need to apply for a visitor visa. You will be granted a visa on arrival, provided you meet the requirements.
For further information on the changes, please see the announcement by Immigration New Zealand.
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