New Zealand introduces NZ eTA for overseas visitors


    Who needs an eTA

    From 1 October 2019, all air travellers from 60 visa waiver countries, and all cruise travellers, will need to hold an ETA before travelling to New Zealand. An ETA will last up to 2 years and cost NZD $9.00 for mobile application requests and NZD $12.00 for web browser requests.

    Full details and the link to apply for an eTA is here

    You can

    • Travel to New Zealand without first applying for a visa — if you are travelling on a passport from a visa waiver country, a cruise ship passenger or a permanent resident of Australia.
    • Pass through Auckland International Airport as a transit passenger on the way to or from Australia.
    • Pass through Auckland International Airport as a transit passenger on the way to another country — if you are from a visa waiver or transit visa waiver country.
    • Get someone to help you with your NZeTA request — you will need to tell them about your criminal conviction history and whether you are seeking medical treatment in New Zealand.

    Things to note

    • If you are from a visa waiver country you must hold an NZeTA before you travel.
    • Allow up to 72 hours for processing, but it could take as little as 10 minutes.
    • An NZeTA request costs NZD $9 on our free app, or NZD $12 if completed online.
    • You pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) at the same time as your NZeTA. This costs NZD $35.
    • Once you have requested an NZeTA you can check its status.

    New Zealand citizens (provided they travel on their New Zealand passports) and holders of valid New Zealand visas (both resident visas and temporary visas) will continue to be able to enter New Zealand without an ETA.

    Passengers from a visa waiver country or a transit visa waiver country, who are transiting through New Zealand, are also required to hold an ETA from 1 October 2019, even if New Zealand is not their final destination.

    Exemptions

    Australian citizens will be exempt, however Australian permanent residents will need to hold an ETA but will not be required to pay for an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL).