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Do I need a visa to visit New Zealand?

The New Zealand government has introduced an Electronic Tourist Authority (ETA) and International Visitor Conservation & Tourist Levy (IVL). This is designed to strengthen border security and help smaller communities build the infrastructure to cope with the large influx of international visitors each year. 

From 01 October 2019 visitors to New Zealand need to have purchased an ETA and IVL visa. Applications can be made online or via a mobile app once you have booked travel to New Zealand. The visa is valid for up to 2 years and can be used for multiple entries into New Zealand.

It is best to carry a hard copy of your confirmation when you travel through the border.

How do I obtain the visa?

The application for the visa can be made online or via a mobile app. The process should take about 10 minutes and must be undertaken prior to travel. It is advised you apply as soon as possible, be aware the process can take up to 72 hours. Make sure you have yours before you set of on your holiday. Payment for the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy can be made at the same time.

How much does it cost?

If the application is made form the mobile app the ETA will cost $9, online applications will be $12.  The IVL cost is $35 and contributes directly to the tourism infrastructure and helps to protect the natural landscapes that so many come to enjoy.

Are there any exceptions?

All passengers travelling on a New Zealand passport, Australian passport or hold a valid resident visa will be exempt from purchasing the ETA visa and paying the IVL.

Take a look at the government website if you would like to learn more.

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