ETIAS Requirements for New Zealanders

Citizens of New Zealand traveling to the Schengen Area of Europe from November 2023 will need to register with the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS). This online visa waiver will be an entry requirement for around 30 countries.

The ETIAS for New Zealand citizens will allow visa-free visits for tourism and business purposes. It will be quick and easy to get by completing a short online form.

You must simply meet a few basic ETIAS requirements for citizens of New Zealand.

How to Apply for ETIAS for New Zealand Citizens

The ETIAS application for citizens of New Zealand will be done entirely online. The whole process is designed to be simple and streamlined to make it convenient for New Zealanders and other eligible foreigners to authorize their trips to Europe.

You must enter your details into a quick form using a computer or device. This will take a matter of minutes.

There is a small processing fee that must be paid as part of the application. This can be done with a credit or debit card. All transactions are processed and protected by secure servers.

The ETIAS will be approved in a few business days at most. Applicants from New Zealand will receive confirmation of their travel authorization by email. The visa waiver is electronically linked to the New Zealand passport registered in the application.

The ETIAS application form for New Zealanders

To register for ETIAS, New Zealand citizens must enter their basic personal information:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Nationality

You must also provide the details of a valid passport , including the following:

  • Passport number
  • Dates of issue and expiry
  • Issuing country (New Zealand)

Some contact details are also required, including:

  • Email address
  • Contact phone number
  • Residential address

You must also indicate which Schengen country you plan to enter first on your trip. There are also a few questions related to security, including about your travel history.

Once all the required information has been entered, it is advisable to double-check it all before submitting the form as errors can lead to issues further down the road.

Countries that New Zealand Citizens Can Visit with ETIAS

The ETIAS visa waiver will allow citizens of New Zealand to travel to any country in the Schengen Area. This region includes 26 European countries, which will all introduce ETIAS as an entry requirement in November 2023.

The Schengen Area is currently made up of 22 European Union (EU) countries and the 4 member states of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).

New Zealanders will also be able to use the ETIAS to visit 4 other EU nations that are in the process of joining Schengen (Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, and Romania). This means that the ETIAS will grant entry to all EU and EFTA countries except the Republic of Ireland.

New Zealanders will also need the ETIAS to visit 4 European microstates: Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and Vatican City. Although they are not members of the Schengen Area, they can only be accessed by land from Schengen member states, for which you will need the ETIAS to pass through. These microstates have no visa policy of their own for visitors from New Zealand.

The countries that New Zealanders can visit with ETIAS are shown below.

ETIAS Countries

ETIAS Requirements for Citizens of New Zealand

To get an ETIAS visa waiver for New Zealand citizens, you must meet a few basic requirements. These include having the following items to complete the application:

  • Valid New Zealand passport
  • Email address
  • Credit or debit card to cover the small processing fee

The New Zealand passport must be valid for at least 3 months after you plan to arrive in the Schengen Area.

It must also have a biometric chip and be machine-readable. This is because the ETIAS for New Zealanders is electronically linked to the passport registered in the application. It will be read when the passport is scanned at border control.

For this reason, you must travel to Europe with the same passport you registered in the ETIAS application.

Do New Zealanders Need a Visa for the Schengen Area?

Citizens of New Zealand can visit any country in the Schengen Area visa-free. From November 2023, they will need to register online with ETIAS before traveling to take advantage of this visa exemption.

The ETIAS visa waiver service for New Zealanders is much quicker and easier than applying for a visa. Registration can be done online from the comfort of your home, rather than going all the way to the embassy of the country you plan to visit to deal with paperwork in person.

It takes a matter of minutes to complete the ETIAS form and the application is processed within a few business days — much faster than a visa.

The ETIAS for citizens of New Zealand allows visa-free travel for up to 90 days within any 180-day period for the following purposes:

  • Tourism
  • Business
  • Transit

To move to European countries or to engage in other activities like work or studies, you will need to apply for the relevant visa.

Traveling from New Zealand to Europe

If you’re traveling to the Schengen Area from New Zealand on holiday or for business, you’ll need an ETIAS visa waiver from November 2023.

ETIAS will allow you to visit popular destinations such as France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece, and Switzerland.

France is the world’s most visited country, boasting historic monuments, world-class cuisine, Mediterranean beaches, and Alpine ski resorts. In Paris alone, tourists from New Zealand can visit a long list of iconic landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, the Sacré-Cœur, and the Palace of Versailles, among others.

Spain is also a very popular destination for New Zealanders. Its many amazing beaches both on the Mediterranean and the Atlantic are perfect for those who want a holiday in the sun. The country is also home to over 45 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Italy is another country that has the attractive combination of good weather, rich history, beautiful scenery, and delicious food. Visitors from New Zealand may want to visit the Colosseum in Rome, pose next to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, or enjoy authentic pizza in Naples.

Germany is a large and diverse country that attracts many tourists each year. New Zealanders can visit its impressive castles and cathedrals, or come to enjoy authentic German beer at the world’s largest beer festival, Oktoberfest.

New Zealand Tourism in Europe

European countries make up some of the most popular tourist destinations for New Zealanders. The Schengen member states in particular attract thousands of visitors each year.

The figures for the number of visitors from New Zealand to Schengen countries in recent years are as follows:

  • Year

    Non-resident arrivals to Schengen Countries from New Zealand

  • 2015

    153,773

  • 2016

    150,224

  • 2017

    189,418

  • 2018

    200,090

  • 2019

    201,621