Electronic Travel Authority

Immigration

New Zealand Immigration Update: April 2019
In October 2019 an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) will be introduced for select travellers to New Zealand. An International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL), will also be introduced, alongside the ETA.

Update:

In October 2019 an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) will be introduced for select travellers to New Zealand. An International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL), will also be introduced, alongside the ETA.

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. It should also streamline the New Zealand entry process, to hopefully improve the traveller experience.

How to Electronic Travel Authority will work?

Individuals requiring an ETA will need to pay a small fee and complete a simple form online, or via the mobile app. The form will request basic information, such as:

  • Name
  • Birthdate
  • Passport details
  • Contact information
  • Biometric information (passport photo)
  • Declaration around intention of travel and criminal history

Who needs an ETA?

  • 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.

Conditions and cost

  • ETA; NZ$9-12 (depending on how you apply)
  • IVL: NZ$35

ETAs will typically be processed within 72 hours. Both will have multiple entry travel conditions and will be valid for two years.

Relevant dates

  • 1 July 2019: the ability to request an ETA opens.
  • 1 October 2019: ETAs become mandatory for those travellers listed above.

Our advice

Be aware of this new requirement and request your ETAs, well in advance of your travel.

Individuals will not be allowed to board an aircraft or cruise ship without an ETA, if required.

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