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New Zealand – Confirmation of Electronic Travel Authority requirements

New Zealand
Written by
Kiely Thompson Caisley, New Zealand’s leading boutique employment law firm.

The New Zealand Government has confirmed the introduction of Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) requirements later this year. From 1 October 2019, all air travellers from ‘visa waiver’ countries and all cruise travellers (who are not in general required to obtain a visa before entering New Zealand) will be required to obtain an ETA and pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy. Travellers will be required to complete a simple form and pay their ETA fee and Levy online before travelling to New Zealand. By introducing the ETA, the Government intends to enhance security; facilitate entry at the border; and reduce immigration, smuggling and biosecurity risks. New Zealand citizens travelling on their New Zealand passports and holders of valid temporary or resident visas will not need an ETA.