New Zealand to introduce ‘eVisa’ in October
The New Zealand government has announced a new tourist entry approval process known as the New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA).
Effective from 1 October 2019, most travelers will need to hold an ETA before entering New Zealand.
Who will have to hold a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority?
All visitors – whether they’re coming for a holiday, to visit friends and relations, or to study for a short time – who are eligible to travel to New Zealand without a visa will need to hold an NZeTA before they board their flight or cruise from 1 October 2019.
While Australian citizens will be exempt, Australian permanent residents will need to hold a NZeTA. 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 a NZeTA.
How will I apply for a NZeTA?
Travellers will be able to quickly and easily apply for their NZeTA either online or through Immigration New Zealand’s free app. The cost for online applications will be NZ$12, while applying through the app will only cost 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.
How long will it take to process my NZeTA?
Immigration New Zealand has noted that you should allow up to 72 hours for your NZeTA to be processed, although it could take as little as 10 minutes.
Would I have to apply for an NZeTA each time I travel?
No, you won’t. The NZeTA will be valid for up two years and multiple visits, while the NZeTA for crew members will be valid for five years.
When do applications open?
Applications already opened on the 1st of July 2019.
Go to Immigration New Zealand for more
This information is a summary of all the most important points to know. Also visit Immigration New Zealand’s website for a detailed look at all the requirements.