The New Zealand electronic travel authority (NZ eTA) is an electronic visa waiver, introduced in July 2019 which allows eligible citizens to travel to New Zealand for tourism, business, or transit purposes.
It will become an obligatory requirement for visa waiver nationalities, as well as airline and cruise line crew of all nationalities, to have an eTA NZ from October 1st 2019 in order to travel to New Zealand.
The New Zealand eTA will allow multiple entries for short stays during its validity and will be valid for 2 years. The eTA New Zealand for airline and cruise crew will be valid for 5 years from the date of approval.
Eligible citizens will able to apply through the simple New Zealand eTA application online. Applicants will be required to fill in the New Zealand eTA application form with personal and passport information, and answer a few questions about criminal history and whether the applicant is seeking medical treatment in New Zealand.
It will also be necessary to pay a small processing fee and tourism levy in order to receive an approved eTA for New Zealand via email.
Those wishing to travel to New Zealand for longer stays, or to work or study, will require a visa, and should contact their nearest New Zealand Embassy or Consulate for further information.