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Travellers to New Zealand will require an electronic travel authorisation NZeTA

Travellers to New Zealand will require an electronic travel authorisation similar to the ESTA in the US (or the ETIAS in Europe, which will only come into effect as from 2021).

 

From 1 October 2019, travellers from 60 visa waiver countries (which includes all EU Members States, Norway, Switzerland, Israel and Malaysia) will need an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority). The primary purpose of introducing the NZeTA is to enable enhanced border security checks to prevent individuals who may pose a potential security risk entering New Zealand. It will also help reduce the time needed for border clearance.

 

The NZeTA request system will be available from July 2019. From 1 October, travellers who attempt to travel without an NZeTA will be denied boarding. 

 

An NZeTA will cost between NZD$9-12 (approximately 5-7€), depending on where you applied from (mobile app or website). This will be charged at the same time as the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) of NZD$35 (approximately 20€) that will come into effect as from 1 July 2019. The NZeTA and IVL are valid for multiple visits and up to 2 years.

 

To learn more about the NZeTA, and who needs one, visit immigration.govt.nz/nzeta.

 

 


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