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08/15/2019 - Visa Requirements for New Zealand – Starting October 1st, 2019


Starting October 1, 2019, New Zealand will start requiring tourists from any of the 60 visa waiver countries, which includes the United States and Canada, to apply for and obtain a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) visa. The primary purpose of introducing the NZeTA is to improve border security and prevent anyone who may pose a potential security risk from entering New Zealand.

Travelers will not need to go to an embassy or consulate to get the visa, instead, they’ll be asked to fill out an online application form that the eTA says only takes a few minutes to fill out and can take from 10 minutes up to 72 hours to be processed. The questions require applicants to enter some personal information such as full name, address, birth date, and travel plans.

 The visa costs NZ$12 (less than $8 USD and $11 CAD) to apply online and NZ$9 (less than $6 USD and $8 CAD) to apply via the NZeTA app. The visa fee does not include New Zealand’s International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy, which is NZ$35 and paid at the same time as the NZeTA. Once approved, the NZeTA is valid for two years and can be used for multiple visits.

 Requirements to apply:

  • A valid passport that you will use to travel to New Zealand
  • A credit card or debit card (Visa or Mastercard)
  • An email address

 For more details:

 To request a NZeTA online visit:

 To request a NzeTA via mobile apps download:

  • NZeTA app – Apple Store
  • NZeTA android app – Google Play

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