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US Citizens Will Need a Visa to Visit New Zealand, and You Can Apply Starting July 1

New Zealand News Insider Guides
by Eben Diskin Jun 25, 2019

Just like the US, Canada, and, more recently, the European countries of the Schengen Zone, New Zealand is introducing an Electronic Travel Authority, a new entry requirement for foreign nationals.

The citizens of the 60 countries belonging to the New Zealand visa-waiver scheme will be required to apply to obtain this authorization before traveling to the country. The new measure is meant to improve security and address smuggling and biosecurity concerns.

Starting on October 1, 2019, visitors to New Zealand will be required to have an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) before entering the country. You need an NZeTA if you are traveling from a visa waiver country, or in transit from a visa waiver country and using Auckland International Airport’s transit lounge en route to your final destination. Cruise ship passengers from visa waiver countries must also hold an NZeTA.

Although it should only take about 72 hours to process and approve an NZeTA, you should apply as far in advance of your trip as possible. To request your NZeTA, you have to complete an online form or apply via the Essential New Zealand mobile app. Online applications cost around $8, while applications via the app cost $6. Note that you will also have to pay an International Tourism Levy (IVL) of $23, which will be put toward maintaining the country’s infrastructure that supports visitors and helping conserve the natural environment.

The NZeTA application process will go live on July 1 and you can register to be notified when the system is available.

This article was updated on June 25, 2019.

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