October 1, 2019: Following in the footsteps of the United States’ ESTA, Canada’s eTA and the upcoming ETIAS (Who can forget that one? It’s a visa! No it’s not!) for the European countries in the Schengen Zone, New Zealand has official begun its NZeTA visa waiver program for those who don’t need a visa to enter the country.
Citizens of these 60 countries won’t need visas to enter New Zealand, but will now need to complete an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) 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. On top of this, 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.
Are you traveling to New Zealand in the near future? If so, go to this page of the New Zealand government’s website for more information about requirements, costs, etc.
The NZ Government suggests allowing up to 72 hours for processing, although it could take as little as 10 minutes.
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