Introduction of a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority

Immigration

New Zealand Immigration Update: November 2018

In 2019 an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) will be introduced for select travellers to New Zealand.

In 2019 an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) will be introduced for select travellers to New Zealand.

Background

New Zealand hosts many visitors each year.  A lot do not require tourist visas, because they are able to enter under the ‘visa waiver’ scheme.

Implementing an ETA system will allow the authorities to pre-screen individuals, before they travel to New Zealand.  This will provide an additional layer of security to the immigration system, to reduce immigration risk.

The intention is for the ETA system to streamline the New Zealand entry process, to hopefully improve the traveller experience.

How the Electronic Travel Authority will work?

Individuals requiring an ETA will need to complete a short online form and pay a small processing fee.  The form will request basic information, such as

  • Name
  • Birthdate
  • Passport details
  • Contact information
  • Declarations around intention of travel and criminal history
  • Optional biometric information (passport photo)

Each ETA will be valid for two years.

Who will have to hold an Electronic Travel Authority?

  • Australian permanent residents
  • Citizens of visa waiver countries
  • Cruise ship passengers and crew
  • Commercial airline crew

Australian citizens and New Zealand citizens or visa holders can travel without an ETA.

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