electronic travel authorisation for new zealand eta new zealand

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There are passengers from some countries who do not need a visa to travel to New Zealand but an eta to enter New Zealand. Electronic Travel Authorisation is also called as eta is an alternative for a visa for citizens belonging to visa waiver countries. Are you wondering if you also need an eta to travel to New Zealand?  

Here is a list of New Zealand eta eligible countries to help you out - 

Andorra Argentina Austria Bahrain Belgium Brazil
Brunei Bulgaria Canada Chile Croatia Cyprus
Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France Germany
Greece Hong Kong Hungary Iceland Ireland Israel
Italy Japan South Korea Kuwait Latvia Liechtenstein
Lithuania Luxembourg Macau Malaysia Malta Mauritius
Mexico Monaco Netherlands Norway Oman Poland
Portugal Qatar Romania San Marino Saudi Arabia Seychelles
Singapore Slovak Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland
Taiwan United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States of America Uruguay Vatican City

Some points to overview for eta New Zealand visa

  • You do not need to apply for a visa prior to traveling to New Zealand if you belong to any of these countries listed above. 

  • You can also travel with your family to New Zealand without applying for the visa if they meet the visa waiver criteria. 

  • You need to have a NZeTA before you travel to New Zealand if you belong to a visa waiver country. 

  • With a NZeTA you can pass through Auckland airport as a transit passenger if you are traveling from or to any country. 

Eta New Zealand for US citizens - 

US citizens do not require a visa to travel to New Zealand. However, you will be required an Electronic Travel Authorisation, eta New Zealand. Even if you wish to transit through Auckland Airport or travel to New Zealand through cruise you will need an eta New Zealand. However, the crew and passengers of cargo ships and the foreign citizens invited by the New Zealand government do not need an eta for their stay in New Zealand. 

New Zealand eta duration - 

You can stay for up to 90 days in the duration of 2 years in New Zealand with a New Zealand eta from the date of its approval. You can also travel multiple times to the country in that duration. 

Document required for New Zealand eta -
  • For applying a NZeTA you must have a passport that has validity for up to 3 months of planned departure from the country. 

  • You must be in good health if you are applying for a NZeTA. If you are planning to seek medical treatment from New Zealand you may be requested to apply for a Medical treatment visitor visa instead of a NZeTA. 

  • You must have a record of good character. Anyone with a criminal record or is deported from the native country would not be allowed for a NZeTA. 

New Zealand eta for Transit Passengers - 

Do you need a visa or NZeTA if you are passing through New Zealand while traveling to another country without an intention to stay?

Here is a guide for you to help you plan about your transit. 

If you transit from New Zealand - 

You are called a transit passenger if you just pass New Zealand while traveling to another country. 

You can only wait in the transit area of Auckland Airport. Whether you need a NZeTA or a transit visa totally depends on the country you are from. 

Transit visa waiver countries - 

There are citizens of some countries who do not need to apply for a transit visa but only a NZeTA. Here is a list -

New Zealand Transit Visa Waiver Countries
Bahamas Bermuda Bolivia Colombia Costa Rica Ecuador
Federated States of Micronesia Indonesia Kiribati  Nauru Palau Panama
Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Republic of Marshall Islands Samoa
Solomon Islands Thailand Tonga Tuvalu Vanuatu Venezuela

Who does not require a NZeta - 

  • If you are a New Zealand citizen. 

  • If you travel on a New Zealand passport. 

  • If you are a citizen of a country which has a New Zealand citizen endorsement. 

  • If you are an Australian citizen. 

  • If you have a valid visa for New Zealand. 

FAQs - 
  1. Who issues a NZeTA? 

NZeTA is issued by the government of New Zealand. However, the immigration authorities approve or deny the NZeTA applications. 

  1. Do I need a visa to travel to New Zealand if I am from Australia?  

If you are a citizen of Australia, you can travel to New Zealand without any visa. However, they would require a NZeTA for their stay in New Zealand. 

  1. When does a New Zealand eta expire?  

It expires after 2 years of approval. 

  1. Can I stay for up to 2 years in New Zealand with eta?  

No, though the New Zealand eta is valid for 2 years you cannot stay for the whole time in the country. However, you can stay for up to 90 days, for multiple times. 

You can easily apply Electronic Travel Authorisation New Zealand online if you belong to the mentioned categories. You just need to check the eligibility criteria from above and apply for a visa or eta, whatever suits you. 

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