One of the first things you do before you travel is to find out about the visa requirements in New Zealand. Fortunately, you will soon be done with this because you do not need a visa for New Zealand. However, from October 1, you will need an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) and you will need to pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy to visit New Zealand.
Visa for New Zealand
You have to apply for an eTA since October 1, 2019. That is really just a visa, but it is all arranged electronically. It is super easy to request and arranged within 10 minutes.
Whether you need a tourist visa or an NZeTA to visit here depends on:
• From which country do you belong
• Duration of your stay
• Purpose of your visit
If anyone wishes to pay a visit to New Zealand for tourism purposes, travellers from 60 countries can currently travel with the allotted Tourism NZeTA. From October 1, 2019, it is mandatory for people of these nations to pre-register for an eTA application online before traveling NZ.
• If you are planning of having your journey on a cruise to and from New Zealand, you must have to get Tourism Visa, despite your nationality.
• If you are traveling with a flight and have a halt in New Zealand, you must have a valid passport from a visa waiver country. You should have a transit NZeTA with you while your journey.
• Foreign visitors, who are not eligible for NZeTA holders need to have a visitor visa or New Zealand.
Do you require to have a tourist visa for New Zealand?
It completely depends on your nationality that you require a tourism NZeTA or New Zealand tourist visa. It also depends on the purpose of your visit along with the duration of the stay in the country.
The time duration for the visit of citizens the citizens of the countries like the United States, Canada, Brazil, Japan, Argentina, and all European Union member states is 90 days (having a valid New Zealand eTA).
Citizens from the United Kingdom can enter for periods of up to 6 months with the NZeTA.
The applicants need to apply for NZeTA online before their departure to NZ.
Permanent countrymen of Australia can apply for NZeTA without paying any extra money for IVL. They are exempted from this tax. They can stay in New Zealand as they are conferred automatic residency status on their arrival.
Travelers need to have their eligibility to apply for a visitor visa to visit New Zealand. These are -
• Australian permanent citizen and resident
• A resident from a visa waiver nation
• United Nations laissez-passer holder
• Qualified for visa-free travel with any specific requirements
If a person wants to get a visitor visa for New Zealand, he will require to visit the consulate or embassy. He must have to bring a valid passport along with the supporting documents that include tour reservations and accommodation.
NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority)
If you want to stay in New Zealand for three months or less, you do not need a visa. As of October 1, 2019, you will need a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) before you can travel to New Zealand. This is not a visa. Applying for an NZeTA can be done online and takes about ten minutes. Processing can take up to 72 hours, so apply for the NZeTA in time. There are costs associated with this.
You also have to pay a tourist surcharge, i.e., the International Visitor Conservation, and Tourism Levy (IVL) from 1 July 2019 for the maintenance of the tourist infrastructure and the conservation of nature. Visitors pay this surcharge directly when they apply for the NZeTA.
You need to contact the New Zealand embassy in The Hague if you are going to stay there for more than three months. If you are expelled from the country, have a criminal record, or have serious health issues that could pose a threat to New Zealand's public health, you are recommended to contact the embassy.
The Visitor Visa of New Zealand is for the people who are from non-visa-exempt nations. It allows visitors to enter for travel purposes, amateur sports events, adventure activities, and studying (for up to 3 months) and lasts for maximum 9 months. children and partners can be included in the visa application. applicants have to provide the payment proof for their stay in New Zealand.
Visitor Visas (Group)
If anyone is planning to visit New Zealand with a group, it is possible to get a New Zealand Visitor Visa for Group. The travel group must visit everywhere in New Zealand together. The leader of the group must complete the application and every single member also needs to complete the application for the visitor visa. The validity of this visa remains for 1 month.
Working Holiday Visas
New Zealand also offers working holiday visas for the people belongs to the age group of 18 - 30, and sometimes up to 35 years old (in special condition) from different nations. This visa remains valid for 1 year and for the citizen of the UK and Canada, it remains valid for 23 months.
What do you need to get a New Zealand Tourist eTA?
Obtaining a New Zealand Tourist visa/ eTA is a simple and straightforward process. Below are the eligibility criteria for the candidates to apply for -
• A passport with the validity of at least 3 months
• A valid email address to receive their NZeTA notification once it is approved
• Payment option (Debit/Credit Card)
Requirements for NZeTA for Business Trips
To submit an NZeTA application for a business tour, it' required to have a passport having the validity of at least 3 months. The person needs to be from one of the visa waiver countries.
People need to pay the required charges for NZeTA and IVL using a credit or debit card.
The requirements of good character mean that the candidate must answer the questions about their criminal records and history of deportation. Visa will not be granted to those who:
• Have a criminal conviction
• Have been deported, removed, or excluded from another country
The eTA will not be approved if the authorities find you risk for the sake of the country.