What is eTA New Zealand (or New Zealand Visa Online)

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The eTA New Zealand Visa (NZeTA) (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authorisation) is an electronic travel authorisation which was launched by the Immigration Agency, Government of New Zealand after July 2019.

It is obligatory for citizens of all 60 visa waiver countries to obtain eTA New Zealand Visa (NZeTA), and all cruise travelers, by October 2019. All airline and cruise line crew will also need to hold a Crew eTA New Zealand Visa (NZeTA) before travelling to NEW ZEALAND ETA APPLICATION FORM.

The eTA New Zealand Visa (NZeTA) is valid for a period of 2 years and can be used for multiple visits. Applicants can apply for NZ eTA from their mobile, tablet, PC or computer and receive it in their email inbox by using this New Zealand eTA application form.

It is quick process which requires you filling an New Zealand eTA application form online, this can as little as five (5) minutes to complete. This is a completely online process. The payment for NZeTA can be made by Debit / Credit card or PayPal. eTA New Zealand eTA (NZeTA) is issued within 48-72 hours after the application form has been successfully completed and fee paid by the applicant online.

Apply for your eTA New Zealand Visa in 3 easy steps

1. Complete eTA application

2. Receive eTA by email

3. Enter New Zealand

Who needs an eTA New Zealand Visa?

Before October 1st 2019 there used to be a number of nationalities who could travel to NEW ZEALAND VISA ONLINE without obtaining a visa for up to 90 days. Citizens from the UK can enter for up to 6 months and Australians hold residency status on arrival.

However from October 1st, 2019 onwards, passport holders from all 60 visa waiver countries are required to apply for a eTA New Zealand Visa before travelling to the country, even if just transiting through New Zealand on the way to a final destination. The eTA New Zealand Visa is valid for a total of 2 years .

If coming by cruise ship, you can apply for eTA New Zealand eTA regardless of your nationality. You do not have to be from a New Zealand Visa Waiver country to get New Zealand eTA if mode of arrival is cruise ship.

All citizens of the following 60 countries will now need an eTA to visit New Zealand:

Every Nationality can apply for eTA New Zealand Visa Online if coming by Cruise Ship

Citizen of any nationality can apply for an eTA New Zealand Visa (or New Zealand Visa Online) if arriving New Zealand by a cruise ship. However, if traveller is arriving by air, then the traveller must be from a New Zealand Visa Waiver country, then only will NZeTA (New Zealand eTA) be valid for the passenger arriving into the country.

Information required for New Zealand Visa Online

eTA New Zealand Visa (NZeTA) applicants will need to provide the following information at the time of filling out online New Zealand Visa application form:

  • Name, surname and date of birth
  • Passport number, expiry date
  • Contact information such as address and email
  • Declarations of health and character

eTA New Zealand Visa (Or New Zealand Visa Online) Specifications

  • Citizens of 60 nationalities can apply for New Zealand Visa Online if coming by air
  • All Citizens can apply for eTA New Zealand Visa if coming by cruise ship
  • New Zealand Visa Online allows 90 days entry to New Zealand (180 days for UK Citizens)
  • eTA New Zealand Visa is multiple entry and valid for 2 years
  • You must be in good health, and not be arriving for medical consultation / treatment for being eligible for New Zealand Electronic Travel Authorisation (NZeTA)
  • You are encouraged to apply 72 hours in advance of your travel to obtain eTA New Zealand visa
  • An online form must be submitted and paid for at eTA New Zealand Visa application form

Australian citizens are exempt from applying for the eTA NZ Visa. Australian permanent residents of other nationalities —regardless of whether they carry a passport from an eligible country or not— need to apply for an eTA but are not required to pay the associated tourist levy.

Other exemptions from the eTA New Zealand Visa Waiver include:

  • Crew and passengers of a non-cruise vessel
  • Crew on a foreign ship carrying cargo
  • Guests of the New Zealand Government
  • Foreign citizens travelling under The Antarctic Treaty
  • Members of a visiting force and associated crew members.

Before you Apply for eTA New Zealand Visa (NZeTA)

Travelers who intend to apply online for New Zealand Visa Online (NZeTA) must fulfil the following conditions:

A Valid passport for travel

The applicant’s passport must be valid for at least three months beyond the departure date, that the date when you leave New Zealand.

There should also be a blank page on the passport so that the Customs Officer can stamp your passport.

A valid Email ID

The applicant will receive eTA New Zealand Visa (NZeTA) by email, therefore a valid Email ID is required to receive eTA NZ. The form can be complete by the visitors intending to arrive by clicking here eTA New Zealand Visa application form.

Purpose of visit should be legitimate

The applicant, at the time of filing application for NZeTA or at the border may be asked to provide purpose of their visit, they must apply for the right type of visa, for a business visit or medical visit, a separate visa should be applied.

Place of stay in New Zealand

The applicant will need to provide their location in New Zealand. (such as Hotel Address, Relative/Friends Address)

Method of Payment

Since the eTA New Zealand Visa application form is only available online, without a paper equivalent, a valid credit/debit card or a Paypal account is required to complete the online New Zealand Visa Online application form.

Documents that the New Zealand Visa Online applicant may be asked at the New Zealand border

Means of supporting themselves

The applicant may be asked to provide evidence that they can financially support and sustain themselves during their stay in New Zealand. Either a bank statement of credit card may be required for an eTA New Zealand Visa applicant.

Onward/return flight or cruise ship ticket

The applicant may be required to show that they intend to leave New Zealand after the purpose of trip for which eTA NZ Visa was applied is over. An appropriate New Zealand Visa is required for a longer stay in New Zealand.

If the applicant does not have an onward ticket, they may provide the proof of funds and ability to buy a ticket in the future.

New Zealand Transit Visa

What is New Zealand Transit Visa?

New Zealand Transit Visa allows an individual to transit from New Zealand via air or water (Aircraft or Cruise ship) while making a stopover or layover in New Zealand. In this case you do not need a New Zealand Visa but instead need a eTA New Zealand Visa.

While stopping over at Auckland International Airport towards an onward destination towards a third country other than New Zealand, you need to apply for an eTA New Zealand for Transit. All citizens who are from New Zealand Visa Waiver (New Zealand eTA Visa) countries can apply for New Zealand Transit Visa which is a special type of New Zealand eTA (electronic Travel Authority) without the International Visitor Levy component in the NZeTA Visa.

Note that if you apply for eTa New Zealand for Transit then you are not allowed to go out of the Auckland International Airport.

Who is eligible for New Zealand Transit Visa?

Citizens of countries who have a bilateral agreement if New Zealand Government are eligible for New Zealand Visa for Transit (NZeTA transit). This list is kept up to date at New Zealand Transit Visa waiver countries.

What is the difference between eTA New Zealand Visa and New Zealand Visa?

eTA New Zealand Visa offered on this website is the most convenient entry authority available in usually one business day for the citizens of New Zealand Visa Waiver countries.

However, if your nationality if not represented in the eTA New Zealand country list, then you have to apply for a long winded route of New Zealand Visa.

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