New Zealand Travel Authorisation Service

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.

What is eTA New Zealand?


The eTA for New Zealand (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) is an electronic visa waiver which was launched in July 2019 and is obligatory for citizens of all 60 visa waiver countries, and all cruise travelers, by October 2019. All airline and cruise line crew will also need to hold a Crew ETA before travelling to New Zealand.

Citizens from eTA New Zealand eligible countries can obtain an eTA for New Zealand by completing a simple online application form.

The New Zealand eTA is valid for 2 years and can be used for multiple visits. Applicants will be required to pay a small processing fee and tourist tax, the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL), to obtain the NZ eTA.

The application form will require applicants to answer a series of questions by entering personal information such as their full name, address, date of birth, passport details, and travel plans. There will also be sections on the New Zealand eTA visa form related to health and security.

Who needs an eTA Visa for New Zealand?

All airline crew and cruise line crew, no matter their nationality, will need to apply for a Crew eTA before traveling to New Zealand, which will be valid for up to 5 years.

Australian citizens will be exempt from applying for the eTA NZ. Australian permanent residents will need to apply for an eTA but are not required to pay the associated tourist levy.

Other exemptions from the New Zealand eTA include:

  • Crew and passengers of a non-cruise vessel
  • Crew on a foreign ship carrying cargo
  • Guests of the New Zealand Government
  • Foreign citizens travelling under The Antarctic Treaty
  • Members of a visiting force and associated crew members.