What Is Necessary?

Passport with at least
3 months validity

Email address to
receive the NZeTA

Method of payment
credit/debit card


NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) Overview

The Electronic Travel Authority of New Zealand is a prominent and well-known electronic visa waiver. The committee was launched in the month of August in 2019. The travellers who are eligible as per the parameters can now easily get their visa for New Zealand ETA to visit this wonderful nation.

From 1 October 2019, it is requisite for the residents of different nations (i.e. 60 visa waiver countries) along with all the travellers that travel through cruise to carry a valid ETA Visa if they want to travel New Zealand. The entire available cruise lines, as well as airlines members also need to have a valid ETA if they are planning to visit New Zealand.

All the locals from those eligible nations can get their ETA Visa just by going online and submitting a simple and short application form. This process is quite simple and very less time taking. They don't need to visit the embassy/consulate for the procedure. The online application form filling is just a matter of a few minutes. Generally, it takes just one day to process an application but, in some cases, this can further extend to 2-3 days.

After the approval of NZETA, the proposed Visa has sent to the applicant via email. The approved visa remains valid for 2 years. It can be used for multiple visits to the country. It is required by the candidate to pay a minimal processing fee as well as a tourist tax. IVL (International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy) provides the vis to the tourists who want to visit New Zealand.

International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy is a government entity that has been proposed for the tourists. It looks after and protects the natural environment along with tourism infrastructure.

While submitting an online application form, an applicant requires to answer several questions that are asked followed by the personal information (i.e. full name, contact details, residential address, permanent address, DOB, passport details, nationality, planning of travel etc.) A separate section in the form that is related to health and security is also available.

Visiting New Zealand

If you plan to visit New Zealand for a short period, you must request an NZeTA before you travel if you:

  • travel on a passport from a country on the list of visa waiver countries and territories
  • are visiting for up to 3 months — or, if you are a British citizen, up to 6 months.
  • Approved NZeTA valid up to 2 years.

Transit Passengers

If you are passing through New Zealand on your way to another country, find out if you need a visa or an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority).

  • If you pass through New Zealand on your way to another country and do not plan to stay you are called a transit passenger.
  • As a transit passenger you can only travel through Auckland International Airport where you must stay in the transit area of the airport or on board your craft.
  • Depending on the passport you travel on you may need to request an NZeTA or apply for a Transit Visa before you travel.
  • If you plan to leave the airport and visit New Zealand you may have to apply for a visa before you travel.

Arriving by cruise ship

If you are flying into New Zealand to join your cruise, you must have:

  • an NZeTA if you are from a visa waiver country, or
  • a visa if you are from a country that requires a visa to visit New Zealand.

NZeTA Application Steps

  • Simply fill in the New Zealand eTA application form online. You must provide some basic personal, passport, and travel details. Upload the supporting documents outlined above (including a recent photo) and pay the processing fee to submit your NZeTA application.
  • You must pay a small fee to cover the cost of processing a New Zealand eTA application. This must be done by credit or debit card. After completing the NZeTA application form, you will be prompted to enter your card details and confirm the payment.
  • Once you have completed the NZeTA online application, confirmation of the visa waiver will be delivered by email within the next few working days. The NZeTA will be linked to the passport that was registered in the online form.