New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority Explained

Planning your next big adventure?

Well, if you’re looking for a destination filled with adrenaline-pumping activities and beautiful sights to see, why not take a trip to New Zealand?

New Zealand is the perfect destination for tourists – especially if you enjoy the great outdoors!

With stunning landscapes, tonnes of fun attractions and friendly locals, New Zealand has lots to offer the tourist.

You should know that if you plan on visiting New Zealand for tourist or business purposes, you may be required to secure a visa before your trip.

Securing a visa for any trip can be stressful, that’s why we have put together this useful article which tells you everything you need to know about the New Zealand ETA.

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What is a New Zealand ETA?

The New Zealand ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) is an electronic document which gives you authorisation to visit New Zealand for tourism or business purposes.

This ETA was established in 2019 and allows citizens of the visa waiver countries to travel to New Zealand without a visa.

The ETA is a multiple-entry visa allowing you to take multiple trips to New Zealand during its validity.

With the New Zealand ETA, each time you visit New Zealand you will be able to stay in the country for up to three months at a time. This gives you plenty of time to explore everything the “Paradise of the Pacific” has to offer.

Keep in mind that if you are a UK citizen, you can stay in New Zealand for six months at a time with the New Zealand ETA. 

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How long is the New Zealand ETA valid for?

The ETA is valid for up to 2 years once it has been issued.

If you are a member of a cruise ship or airline crew, the New Zealand ETA is valid for 5 years once it has been approved.

If you have been unable to use your New Zealand ETA due to the Covid-19 pandemic and it has since expired, you must apply for a new one.

Apply for your New Zealand ETA with Visa First!

What are the requirements to apply for the New Zealand ETA?

When you apply for the New Zealand ETA, you may be required to provide:

  • Proof that you are in a state of good health
  • Proof that you are of good character
  • A copy of a valid passport
  • Proof that you have at least NZ$1,000 for each month that you plan to stay in New Zealand
  • A recent photograph of the applicant
  • Proof that you have purchased your return ticket for when you will leave New Zealand

What are the eligibility requirements for the New Zealand ETA?

In order to be eligible for the New Zealand ETA, you must me a number of requirement including:

  • Be a citizen of a visa waiver country (listed below)
  • Hold a valid passport from this country
  • Be a cruise ship passenger without a valid visa
  • Be a permanent Australian resident

The following is a list of the visa waiver countries whose citizens are eligible for the New Zealand ETA:

List of eligible countries

How to apply for the New Zealand ETA?

You can apply for the New Zealand ETA directly with the New Zealand Immigration Office.

But why put the hassle of complicated paperwork and long queues at the embassy on yourself?

Visa First can help you to secure your New Zealand ETA!

Visa First is the world’s leading provider of visa and immigration services, providing our customers with fast, convenient and reliable service since 2003!

We take away the hassle associated with arranging travel visas and make the process super simple for our customers.

To secure your New Zealand ETA all you have to do is complete the online application form. Once you do this, all you have to do is provide the required documents and your payment information.

It couldn’t be more simple!

Plus it saves you a world of time you would have spent waiting in line at the embassy!

Get started today and secure your New Zealand ETA!

We also provide other additional services to help you to prepare for your trip to New Zealand including:

  • New Zealand money transfers
  • New Zealand bank account
  • Language courses
  • New Zealand Inland Revenue Number

To find out more about our additional services, head over to the Visa First website.

woman looking at natural surroundings in New Zealand

Why choose Visa First?

  • We prepare over 9,000 visas for our customers every year
  • We have over 17 years of experience preparing visa applications
  • Your application will be prepared accurately by our highly qualified team
  • Your dedicated account manager will be on hand to answer any of your queries
  • We will maximise your chances of a successful visa application outcome

Apply for your New Zealand ETA today!

New Zealand ETA FAQs

Can I work in New Zealand when I have the New Zealand ETA?

While in New Zealand with a valid ETA, you cannot work. In order to work in New Zealand, you must obtain a visa that permits you to work while you’re there.

How long will it take to secure my New Zealand ETA?

When you apply for your New Zealand ETA with Visa First, it can take up to 72 hours for your New Zealand ETA to be approved.

However, sometimes it can take longer than this so we recommend applying for your ETA as soon as you are aware of your departure date to New Zealand.

How much does the New Zealand ETA cost?

You can secure the New Zealand ETA from €65 with Visa First!

Do I need to print out the New Zealand ETA and carry it with me during my trip?

No, once your ETA has been processed, it will be digitally linked to your passport and you won’t have to print it out.

If you have more questions about the New Zealand ETA, contact the Visa First team today!

Apply for your New Zealand ETA today!


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