New Zealand eTA Requirements

Requirements for a New Zealand tourist eTA

As of October 1, 2019, some visitors and transit passengers must have an electronic travel agency and pay an international visitor and city protection tax before travelling to New Zealand.

NZeTA and IVL for visa waiver travellers

Before travelling to New Zealand, check if you need a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA). You may also have to pay an international tax on the protection of visitors and tourism (IVL).

The NZeTA is fine to:

  • Improve the ranking of travellers before their arrival in New Zealand and
  • Help reduce the time required for customs clearance and enhance border security.

The IVL is a way for travellers to contribute directly to the tourism infrastructure they use and to the protection and improvement of the natural environment they will enjoy during their stay in New Zealand.

Who needs an NZeTA

You must apply for the NZeTA before travelling to New Zealand if you:

  • Entry or transit from a visa-free country, i.e. a country whose passport holders do not require a visa before arriving in New Zealand.
  • If you are travelling with a passport from a country where you are exempt from the visa requirement or from a country without a visa, use Auckland International Airport.
  • A cruise ship passenger, regardless of your nationality, or a permanent resident of Australia.

Who doesn’t need NZeTA

You do not need NZeTA to travel to New Zealand if you:

  • Must apply for a New Zealand visa before travelling
  • You already have a valid visa for New Zealand
  • Do New Zealand citizens travel on:
    – A New Zealand passport or
    – A foreign passport with a note – for example, to indicate that you are a permanent or New Zealand citizen.
  • Are Australian citizens travelling on an Australian passport.

Australian citizens who can continue to enter New Zealand without a visa are exceptions. Australian residents must apply for an eTA to enter New Zealand, but they are exempt from paying tourist tax.

The following persons are also not authorized to apply for an eTA to travel to New Zealand:

  • The crew and passengers of a cruise ship.
  • Crew of a foreign ship with cargo.
  • Guests of the New Zealand government.
  • Foreign citizens travelling under the Antarctic Treaty.
  • Members of a group of visitors and associated crew members.

When should an NZeTA be requested?

Ask for your NZeTA early enough before your trip. Approval of your NZeTA can take up to 72 hours. If you do not have this e-Visa at check-in for your flight or cruise, you will not be able to board.

You may be able to request an NZ eTA when you register. However, if we cannot process or refuse your request in time, you will not be able to board.

Note: If you have questions or requests for information about applying for a tourist visa to NZ, you should contact directly with the embassy or consulate.

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