Check if you need an eTA to travel to New Zealand

Requirements for a New Zealand tourist eTA

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

NZeTA and IVL for visa waiver travelers

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

The NZeTA is to:

  • Improve the ranking of travelers 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 travelers 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 NZeTA before traveling to New Zealand if you:

  • Enter 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 traveling 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 an NZeTA

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

  • Have applied for a New Zealand visa before traveling
  • Are a permanent citizen of New Zealand holding a New Zealand passport
  • Have a foreign passport with a New Zealand residence permit
  • Are an Australian citizen traveling on an Australian passport.

Australian citizens are exempt from New Zealand ETA, they do not need an NZeTA if they are traveling on a New Zealand or Australian passport.

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

When should an NZeTA be requested?

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

If we cannot process your NZeTA in time or if it has been denied by New Zealand authorities you will not be able to board.

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