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New Entry requirements for people traveling to New Zealand

For anyone traveling to New Zealand, here are a few additional steps travelers need to be aware of

The New Zealand Government recently introduced a new tourism entry approval process known as the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). Effective from Oct 1st, 2019, all travelers from 60 visa waiver countries, including all incoming cruise travelers, are required to hold an ETA before entering New Zealand.

As per the New Zealand government, an ETA will last travelers for around two years. Unlike a visa, it doesn’t come with hefty fines or long wait periods. Instead, it will cost NZD $9.00 (about $6) for all mobile application requests and NZD $12.00 (about $8) for web browser requests.

Even in the case where New Zealand is not the passenger’s final destination, he will be required to hold an ETA. However, the ones holding a New Zealand passport or visa do not need to an ETA. The citizens of Australia will also be exempt. Other exemptions include crew and passengers on a non-cruise vessel; crew on a foreign ship carrying cargo; guests of the government; people traveling under The Antarctic Treaty; and members of a visiting force and associated crew members.

According to New Zealand’s official website, the new ETA will “enhance security and reduce immigration risks, address smuggling and biosecurity risks, improve the traveler experience, support New Zealand’s international relationships and agreements, [and] adapt to the changing needs and requirements of the government, stakeholders and travelers over time.”

Apart from the ETA, the visitors to New Zealand — either by land or by the sea — will soon have to pay The International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy. Effective from Oct 1st as well, this payment needs to be made in conjunction with the ETA and will cost $35 NZD (about $24).


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