New Zealand New Electronic Visa, Now Available
The New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority has been launched ahead of its full implementation in October 2019. This is who will need it and how to get it.
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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.
In order to submit a New Zealand eTA application, it is necessary to meet the following New Zealand eTA requirements:
Applicants will also need to meet the entry eTA requirements for New Zealand in order to gain access to the country. It will be necessary to print at least 1 copy of the approved ETA New Zealand to present upon arrival at border control, alongside their passport.
As the eTA will be electronically linked to a specific passport, travelers with more than one passport should ensure that they use the same passport to travel to New Zealand as that used to complete the eTA application.
If the applicant changes their passport during the validity of the eTA, it is it necessary to inform the New Zealand immigration service to have the eTA transferred to the new passport.
Those passing through New Zealand with the eTA NZ on the way to an onward destination are required to transit through Auckland International Airport.
What is the New Zealand eTA?
The New Zealand eTA is an electronic visa waiver which will be obligatory from October 2019 for visa-exempt nationalities as well as airline and cruise line crew of all nationalities, to travel to New Zealand for short stays.
Who is eligible for an NZ eTA?
Citizens of New Zealand visa waiver countries can now apply for an NZ eTA online, and it will become an obligatory requirement from October 2019.
All airline and cruise line crew of all nationalities are also required to apply for a Crew eTA. Those exempt from applying for an eTA will include:
Is eTA a visa?
No, the eTA is an electronic travel authorization which permits visa waiver citizens to travel to New Zealand for short stays for tourism, transit, or business purposes. Those wishing to travel to New Zealand for longer stays, or to work or study, should contact their nearest New Zealand Embassy or Consulate for further information.
How long is the New Zealand eTA valid for?
The New Zealand eTA will be valid for two (2) years and allows multiple entries during its validity.
The eTA New Zealand for airline and cruise crew will be valid for five (5) years from the moment of approval.
How long can I stay in New Zealand with the travel authorization?
The eTA New Zealand allows a maximum stay of up to 3 months (90 days) with each entry for most eligible citizens.
Citizens of the UK are permitted a maximum stay of 6 months (180 days) with each entry with the eTA.
Can I apply for an eTA while in New Zealand?
No, eligible citizens will be required to obtain an eTA for New Zealand before traveling to the country, from October 1st, 2019.
How much does the eTA New Zealand cost?
The price of the eTA New Zealand is 12 NZD (8 USD) online. Applicants also need to pay a tourist levy fee (35 NZD or 23 USD) at the same time to obtain the NZ eTA.
The eTA New Zealand cost is 9 NZD (6 USD) if requested through the app, plus the tourist levy fee (35 NZD or 23 USD).
Is the eTA for New Zealand valid for multiple entries?
Yes, the eTA New Zealand is valid for multiple entries during its validity, unlike some other travel authorizations only valid for a single entry.
How do I apply for an eTA online?
Eligible citizens are able to apply for an eTA online through a simple online application. Once approved, the eTA will be sent to the applicant electronically.
What do I need to submit an application?
In order to submit a New Zealand eTA application, it is necessary to have the following documents:
How long will my ETA take to process?
The standard processing time for the eTA NZ is up to 72 hours but could take as little as 10 minutes.
What can I do if I make a mistake in my application?
Applicants should double check that the information provided on the eTA form is correct before submitting the application, as even small mistakes can result in the rejection of the eTA application.
What happens if my eTA application is rejected?
If the New Zealand eTA is denied, applicants will be able to submit a new eTA New Zealand application. It is essential to make sure that all the information provided on the form matches the details of the applicant’s travel document, as even small errors can result in the rejection of the application.
When can I apply for NZ eTA?
Applicants are required to apply for the NZ eTA at least a few business days before the intended date of arrival in New Zealand to allow sufficient processing time.
How can I check my NZ eTA visa status?
Applicants are able to check visa status for the NZ eTA through the updates and notifications about the visa verification sent to the email address provided on the application form.
Can I extend my eTA visa while in New Zealand?
No, in order to extend the eTA, it will be necessary to leave New Zealand and submit a new eTA application before the traveler can return to the country.
How can I renew my electronic travel authority for New Zealand?
In order to obtain eTA renewal, it is necessary to submit a new eTA application from outside of New Zealand and receive a new approved eTA in order to return to the country.
Do I need to get an eTA if I am just in transit?
Yes, visa waiver citizens are required to apply for an eTA even if just in transit through New Zealand.
Holders of the eTA are able to transit through Auckland International Airport on the way to an onward destination.
How can I check my eTA status?
Applicants are able to check the eTA through the updates and notifications about the eTA verification sent to the email address provided on the application form.
One granted, can I cancel my eTA for NZ?
No, once granted, the traveler will continue to hold an approved eTA for New Zealand until it, or the associated passport, expires, whichever comes first.