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New Zealand – Electronic Travel Authority requirements in force from 1 October 2019

New Zealand
Written by
Kiely Thompson Caisley, New Zealand’s leading boutique employment law firm.
On 1 October 2019, Electronic Travel Authorities (ETAs) will become a mandatory requirement for certain foreign travellers to New Zealand who are not generally required to hold a temporary or resident visa to enter New Zealand.

Travellers to whom a ‘visa waiver’ applies under New Zealand’s immigration instructions and transit passengers to whom a ‘transit visa waiver’ applies will require an ETA in order to travel to New Zealand.

The ETA application process is online. ETAs last up to two years from the date of issue (or five years in the case of crew ETAs).

Various exemptions apply (including for citizens of Australia).

Simon Lapthorne
Executive partner - New Zealand
Hannah King
Associate - New Zealand
Kiely Thompson Caisley