Following in the footsteps of the United States’ ESTA, Canada’s eTA and the upcoming ETIAS (You remember that one, right? It’s a visa! No it’s not!) for the European countries in the Schengen Zone, another country is going to start a visa waiver program on October 1, but registration can begin this month.
New Zealand is tossing its hat into the visa waiver ring, and as of October 1, 2019, visitors to New Zealand will be required to have an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) before entering the country.
Citizens of the following 60 countries will not need visas to enter New Zealand, but will need to complete an NZeTA form, and get clearance from same, before entering the country:
Estonia (citizens only)
Hong Kong — residents with HKSAR or British National–Overseas passports only
Korea — South
Latvia — citizens only
Lithuania — citizens only
|Macau — Macau Special Administrative Region passports only
Portugal — with the right to live permanently in Portugal
Taiwan — permanent residents only
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom — must have the right to reside permanently in the United Kingdom
United States of America — includes USA nationals
Citizens of all other countries, except Australia and, of course, New Zealand, will need a visa.
You’ll need an NZeTA if you are traveling from a visa waiver country, or in transit from a visa waiver country and using Auckland International Airport’s transit lounge en route to your final destination. Cruise ship passengers from visa waiver countries must also hold an NZeTA.
The cost of the NZeTA will be NZ $9 (U.S. $6) on their free app, or NZ $12 (U.S. $8) if completed online. Heads up that you may also have to pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL). The IVL costs NZD $35 (U.S. $23.35) and is paid at the same time as the NZeTA.
The NZeTA will be required as of October 1, 2019, but the form can be filled out effective later this month. Go to this page of the New Zealand government’s website for more information about requirements, costs, etc.
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