Beginning October 1, there will be changes to the New Zealand entry requirements. Most visitors traveling to New Zealand will need to request a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) to enter the country. This new travel document joins the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy implemented earlier this year, and both will be making a positive impact on New Zealand’s future.
New Zealand is increasingly popular as a travel destination, with the country expecting more growth in the coming years. The fees from these new entry documents will be used to enhance the border and biosecurity controls, and bring New Zealand’s systems in line with other countries like the United States. The hope is that it will improve the traveler’s experience at immigration with a smoother and quicker entry. The levy will be invested in sustainable tourism and conservation projects in New Zealand.
The NzeTA will allow travelers from 60 visa-waiver countries to stay in New Zealand for up to three months. British citizens will be allowed to stay for six months. See here for a full list of the 60-waiver countries. The United States, Canada, and all the member nations of the European Union are included.
Australian passport holders and permanent residents of some Pacific Island nations will not be required to obtain an NZeTA. For any passengers arriving from a cruise ship, a NZeTA will be required.
To obtain an NZeTA, you can apply online at www.immigration.govt.nz/nzeta. You can also apply via the Immigration New Zealand mobile app. The cost is NZ$12 per person when you apply online, or NZ$9 if you apply via the mobile app.
As of July 1, 2019, New Zealand has also implemented a new International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL). The cost of the IVL is NZ$35 per person. You can apply for both the NZeTA and the IVL at the same time. The process doesn’t take long, however, you should apply for the two documents at least 72 hours before you travel to New Zealand.
Please note, even travelers transitioning through New Zealand airports, regardless of whether or not New Zealand is their final destination, will be required to have an NZeTA and IVL. Both are valid for multiple visits across a maximum of two years.
Already have plans to travel to New Zealand? Be sure to check out our New Zealand bucket list and our top experiences for some travel inspiration. For more information about the New Zealand entry requirements, please contact your Ker & Downey designer.