Please note these changes to travel to-or-through New Zealand that come into effect on 01 October 2019.
From 01 October 2019, visitors who are currently eligible to travel to New Zealand without a visa will be required to hold a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA).
UK Passport holders, for example, will need an ETA from 01 October.
CLICK THIS LINK for the full list of applicable visa-waiver countries and territories.
EXEMPTION: Australian citizens travelling on an Australian passport are exempt.
Australian permanent residents (non-citizens), however, will need to apply for an NZeTA.
So, what does it all mean?
- Visitors will need to receive approval from NZeTA at least 72 hours prior to check-in for a flight to New Zealand or connecting through New Zealand.
- An NZeTA will be required even if the passenger is connecting through New Zealand to another country.
- Visitors may also be required to pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL). However Australian citizens travelling on an Australian passport are also exempt from this.
Please note the application process is not yet available. The Travel Authority Group will advise when this process goes live. In the interim any other queries should be directed via the New Zealand Immigration site.
“This is a big change for New Zealand”, said Sarah Bush, Director of The Travel Authority Group.
Transiting New Zealand on or after 1 October 2019?
“If you’re from a visa waiver or transit visa waiver country, you’ll need an NZeTA, even if you’re not staying in New Zealand”, says Sarah.
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