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New Zealand Visa (NZeTA) - Introduction

All passengers traveling to New Zealand by plane or cruise ship require a visa. The only exception is travellers with a New Zealand or Australian passport. Applying for an NZeTA online is the cheapest, fastest and easiest way to complete visa requirements. Before applying, check that all requirements are met, e.g., B. Maximum length of stay is 3 months.

What is NZeTA

NZeTA is the Electronic Travel Authorization (Visa Exemption) for New Zealand. The acronym stands for New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority. Those who apply for the NZeTA online do not need to get the visa stamped in their passports at the embassy. The NZeTA is digitally linked to the passport upon issue and is comparable to the ETA for Australia and the eTA for Canada. When this website refers to the New Zealand visa, it means the NZeTA unless otherwise stated.

Who needs an NZeTA?

You are required to apply for an NZeTA before traveling to New Zealand if you:

  • traveling on a passport from a New Zealand visa-exempt country
  • are a permanent resident of Australia
  • are a cruise passenger, regardless of nationality
NZeTA Application

Countries Eligible for the NZeTA

Visa waiver countries and territories
Austria Andorra Argentina Belgium Bulgaria Bahrain Brazil Brunei Cyprus Croatia
Czech Republic Canada Chile Denmark Estonia Finland France Germany Greece Hungary
Hong Kong Ireland Italy Iceland Israel Japan Kuwait Latvia Lithuania Luxembourg
Liechtenstein Malta Macau Malaysia Mauritius Mexico Monaco Netherlands Norway Oman
Poland Portugal Qatar Romania Slovakia Singapore Slovenia Sweden San Marino Saudi Arabia
Spain Seychelles South Korea Switzerland Taiwan United Kingdom United Arab Emirates United States Uruguay Vatican City
Transit visa waiver countries
Bahamas Bermuda Bolivia Colombia Costa Rica Ecuador Indonesia Kiribati Micronesia Marshall Islands
Nauru Palau Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Solomon Islands Samoa Thailand
Tonga Tuvalu Vanuatu Venezuela

What does it mean to travel through New Zealand?

If you are passing through New Zealand on your way to another country, find out if you need a visa or an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority).

  • International passengers can only transfer via Auckland International Airport and must remain in designated transit areas or on board their aircraft.
  • Currently you can stay in New Zealand for less than 24 hours without a visa.
  • Only New Zealand citizens and permanent residents and Australian citizens do not require a visa and NZeTA to transit through the country.
  • Citizens of all other countries need an NZeTA or transit visa to travel through New Zealand.

Arriving by cruise ship

  • The best time to come to New Zealand by cruise for NZeTA holders
  • Most cruise ships visit New Zealand during the summer from October to April.
  • The shorter winter travel season also runs from April to July.
  • More than 25 unique boats visit New Zealand's shores a year.
  • Australian and New Zealand cruises offer the opportunity to explore every part of the length of the North and South Islands.

Conditions for applying for an NZeTA

Your passport must be valid for 6 months after leaving New Zealand. In addition, the following applies:

  • A visa is not required for a maximum stay of 3 months.
  • The New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) is mandatory.
  • The document is valid for 2 years, provided that your passport is also valid during that period.
  • The processing time of the approval of an NZeTA is a maximum of 72 hours.
  • An NZeTA can also be applied for via our website. Apply Now

FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions)

An NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) visa is required when traveling through New Zealand as a transit passenger. Before traveling to New Zealand, you must apply for a transit visa.

The NZeTA is valid for 3 years from the time it is approved by New Zealand authorities. You can travel to New Zealand as much as you want in these two years. However, each additional stay cannot exceed 3 months.

No, NZeTA cannot be extended. If your NZeTA is not valid long enough for your planned trip and you are staying in New Zealand, please apply for a new visa before you travel.

If you are a citizen of New Zealand, hold a foreign passport with New Zealand citizenship, are an Australian citizen traveling on an Australian passport, or hold a valid New Zealand visa (including permanent residency visas).

With us, your New Zealand Electronic Travel Authorization (NZeTA) registration uses a Secure Sockets Layer with at least 256-bit key-length encryption on all servers. All personal data provided by the applicant is encrypted during transportation and during flight at all levels of the online portal.

Yes, the New Zealand Electronic Travel Authorization (NZeTA) is valid for multiple entries during the validity period.

Yes, you need a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authorization (NZeTA) to travel through New Zealand.

No, you cannot work in New Zealand on an NZeTA visa. You need a valid work visa to work in New Zealand.

Anyone arriving by cruise ship is eligible to apply for a New Zealand eTA (NZeTA). This includes visa-free nationals, cruise passengers, cruise ship crew. Regardless of nationality, every cruise passenger is eligible to apply for a New Zealand eTA (NZeTA).

The New Zealand Travel Declaration is an online system air travellers use to complete a declaration before traveling to New Zealand. This helps travellers comply with current border rules and helps protect New Zealand. Systems are important tools that have helped reopen our borders safely.