New Zealand eTA (NZeTA)

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 New Zealand Electronic Travel Authorization (NZeTA)

The 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 NZeTA visa, 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).

Who can apply for NZeTA application

Every Nationality can apply for NZeTA if coming by Cruise Ship

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.

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

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.

How long does NZeTA application take to process

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. eTA NZ can be applied from any country in the world. New Zealand eTA (NZeTA)visa is issued after the application form has been successfully completed and fee paid by the applicant online.

Mandatory prior to visiting New Zealand

Every Nationality can apply for NZeTA if coming by Cruise Ship.

Prior to visiting New Zealand (NZ), travellers arriving by air from 60 countries will be required to hold an Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA).

A very straightforward and simple online application form needs to be filled which is available here New Zealand eTA application form. The payment for NZeTA can be made by Paypal/Credit card. New Zealand Electronic Travel Authorisation (NZeTA) is a one step process where the fee includes both eTA fees and International Visitor Levy. International Visitor Levy is included in the single transaction for certain types of visitors applying for New Zealand eTA visa.

All Europen Union citizens

Other countries

Information required for NZeTA

New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) applicants will need to provide the following information at the time of filling out online eTA application form:

  • Name, surname and date of birth
  • Passport number, expiry date
  • Contact information such as address and email
  • Declarations of health and character

Conditions of New Zealand Electronic Travel Authorization (NZeTA)

  • Citizens of 60 nationalities can apply for NZ eTA if coming by air
  • All Citizens can apply for NZ eTA if coming by cruise ship
  • NZeTA allows 90s day entry to New Zealand (180 days for UK Citizens)
  • NZeTA is multiple entry, and valid for 2 years
  • You must be in good health, and not be arriving for medical consultation / treatment for being eligible for New Zealand Electronic Travel Authorisation (NZeTA)
  • You are encouraged to apply 72 hours in advance of your travel to obtain NZeTA visa
  • An online form must be submitted and paid for at New Zealand eTA application form

Who does not require New Zealand Electronic Travel Authorization (NZeTA)

  • Australian Citizens and New Zealand Citizens do not require NZeTA
  • Persons who have a New Zealand Permanent Resident Visa or another type of New Zealand Visa that allows them to return to New Zealand, also do not require New Zealand Electronic Travel Authorization (NZeTA)
  • Special guests of the Government do not require New Zealand Electronic Travel Authorization (NZeTA)

Before you Apply for New Zealand Electronic Travel Authorization (NZeTA)

Travelers who intend to apply online for New Zealand Electronic Travel Authorization (NZeTA) must fulfil the following conditions:

A Valid passport for travel

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.

A valid Email ID

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.

Purpose of visit should be legitimate

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.

Place of stay in New Zealand

The applicant will need to provide their location in New Zealand. (such as Hotel Address, Relative/Friends Address)

Method of Payment

Since the NZ eTA application form is only available online, without a paper equivalent, a valid credit/debit card or a Paypal account is required to complete the online NZ eTA application form.

Documents that the NZeTA applicant may be asked at the New Zealand border

Means of supporting themselves

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.

Onward/return flight or cruise ship ticket

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.