Visitors and passengers from several countries can travel to New Zealand without a visa if they get an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) before they travel. The NZeTA has been introduced in October 2019, and visitors from the UK, USA, Europe (and some other 60 countries) may need to obtain the new NZeTA before they travel.
Here's a quick guide to the new NZeTA visa requirements for New Zealand.
NZeTA Visa Introduction
The NZeTA is a new New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority which was introduced in October 2019, with the aim to help increase security at New Zealand borders.
Having an NZeTA shows you're allowed to travel to New Zealand.
Who Needs a NZeTA?
You need an NZeTA if you are travelling on a passport from a visa-waiver country.
New Zealand has a waiver agreement with 60 countries across the world.
Citizens of the visa waiver countries require an NZeTA for New Zealand holidays of less than 3 months, or in case of British citizens, up to 6 months.
If you're an Australian permanent resident you must also request in NZeTA before you travel to New Zealand.
Who does not need a NZeTA?
If you are a New Zealand or Australian citizen you do not need a visa or an NZeTA
NZeTA Visa Waiver Countries
Passport holders of some countries and territories doe not have to apply for a Visa before they travel to NZ but must hold an NZeTA.
Check the list below to see if your country is one of the visa waiver countries
Arriving by cruise ship
If you are arriving in New Zealand by cruise ship and do not have a visa, you must hold an NZeTA.
If you passing through New Zealand on your way to another country, but are not leaving the airport terminal, you may still need to apply for an NZeTA or Transit Visa.
If you are planning to transit through Auckland International Airport you must hold an NZeTA if you:
- Hold a passport from a visa waiver country
- Are a citizen of a visa waiver country
- Hold a current Australian permanent resident visa that allows you to return to Australia
You need to apply for a Transit Visa before you travel if you are not:
- From a transit visa waiver country
- From a visa waiver country
- An Australian permanent resident
How to apply for an NZeTA
You can apply for an NZeTA using the following options:
- NZeTA website
- NZeTA mobile app - search for "NZETA" in the App Store or Google Play
The NZeTA is valid for a period of two years and costs
- NZD $9 when applying via the mobile app
- NZD $12 when applying via online via the NZeTA website.
Processing times may take up to 72 hours, but can be completed within as short as 10 minutes. For peace of mind we do recommend to apply for your NZeTA at least 72 hours prior to getting to New Zealand.
Upon arrival in New Zealand
AUpon arrival at Auckland International Airport, make your way to Immigration for passport control as usual, and present your passport to the immigration officer.
You do not need to show your NZeTA at the border.
What once used to be a tedious and time consuming process, the NZeTA allows for pre-arrival passenger screening, which has resulted in faster processing times at the airport.
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