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What you need to know

  • The NZeTA smooths the way for travelers from visa-waiver countries and certain transit travelers heading to New Zealand for tourism or visiting friends & family.

  • You need a valid passport, a recent digital photo, and sometimes proof of funds and onward travel.

  • The NZeTA is valid for two years, during which you can visit multiple times for up to 3 months each visit (6 months for UK travelers).

Apply today for the New Zealand eTA (NZeTA) with us!

Last updated: March 2024

Embarking on a journey to New Zealand? You might be in for a seamless travel experience with the NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority).

This document allows eligible travelers to bypass the traditional visa application process, depending on their nationality.

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Here, you'll find all the info about the New Zealand eTA and how to apply.

What is the New Zealand ETA?

The New Zealand eTA simplifies your travels to New Zealand, ensuring a smooth entry for visitors from visa-waiver countries and certain transit passengers.

It's not a visa in the traditional sense but an entry requirement that allows eligible travelers to visit the country without needing a conventional visa.

What can I do with the New Zealand eTA?

This travel document is meant for:

  • Tourist activities

  • Visiting friends or family

What can't I do with the New Zealand eTA?

The New Zealand eTA doesn't allow you to:

  • Live and work in New Zealand

  • Run a business

  • Invest in New Zealand

  • Buy property

  • Receive medical treatment

Who is eligible for the New Zealand eTA?

The NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) is an entry requirement for certain travelers visiting or transiting through New Zealand. Here's who can apply:

  • Visitors from Visa Waiver countries: If you're from a country that doesn't require a visa for short visits, you'll need an NZeTA before you travel to New Zealand.

Check the list here or enter your nationality at the top of this page to check your visa requirements for New Zealand.

  • Cruise ship passengers: Regardless of your nationality, if you're arriving by cruise ship, you'll need to have an NZeTA.

  • Transit passengers: Passengers from specific countries who are transiting through New Zealand to another destination may also require an NZeTA, even if they don't leave the airport.

Exemptions from having an eTA for New Zealand

If you're from a country that isn't on the visa waiver list, you must apply for a New Zealand Visitor Visa via the official government channel instead.


  • If you're already in New Zealand and want to stay longer, you must apply for a visa, not the eTA

  • If you already have a valid New Zealand visa, you don't need the eTA

  • You're a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident traveling on a New Zealand passport or PR Visa

  • You're an Australian citizen traveling on an Australian passport

Do children or minors require the New Zealand eTA?

Yes. Children must adhere to the same visa or NZeTA requirements as adults.

How long can I stay in the country with the New Zealand eTA?

You can enter New Zealand multiple times over a validity period of 2 years. Each visit can last up to three months, or six months for UK passport holders.

New Zealand eTA: Required documents

When applying for the eTA online, you must provide the following info and documents:

  • Valid passport details: We ask for your passport info to ensure all details meet government criteria.

The passport must be valid for at least 3 months after the intended departure date from New Zealand and have at least 1 blank page.

  • Recent digital passport-sized photo

After submitting the application on the government or our platform, you may be asked to provide:

  • Documents proving that you can support yourself during your trip, such as bank statements showing a minimum balance of NZ$1,000 per month's stay

  • Return or onward flight ticket

  • You'll also be asked questions about your health and character during the application process

Once your eTA is approved, you'll receive an email confirmation with the New Zealand eTA. While it's electronically linked to your passport, we recommend keeping an electronic and printed copy of the eTA on hand while you travel.

New Zealand eTA: Costs and processing times

At the time of writing, the government fee for the New Zealand eTA is NZ$23 (about US$14) and the mandatory International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy is NZ$35 (about US$21).

When applying through us, we ask for a small additional fee for our services, which includes an expert review of your application and complete customer support throughout the application process.

The iVisa service fee depends on your nationality, so we recommend checking this at the top of this page and finding the exact costs at the payment step. We offer three options:

  • Standard: For those with some time to spare before traveling to New Zealand.

  • Rush: If you need your NZeTA a bit quicker than the standard option.

  • Super Rush: If you urgently need an eTA for New Zealand.

It's recommended to apply at least 3 days before your departure date.

Do I need the New Zealand ETA if I am transiting through Auckland International Airport?

If you're from a country on the visa waiver list, you must have an eTA to transit through Auckland Airport. If you're from another country, you must apply for a Transit Visa.

Need more info about traveling to New Zealand?

Our customer service team is available to guide you through the process of applying for a New Zealand eTA, or another travel document or visa. You can also contact us via WhatsApp. We're happy to help!


Do I require a New Zealand eTA (NZeTA) if I arrive via cruise ship?
If you're arriving by sea as a cruise ship passenger, you must have an NZeTA — unless you're on the list of travelers who don't need an NZeTA. You can be of any nationality.
What are the differences between the NZeTA and the New Zealand Visitor Visa?

The NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) and the New Zealand Visitor Visa serve different purposes and have distinct requirements.

The NZeTA is aimed at travelers from visa-waiver countries, including cruise ship passengers and certain transit passengers. It allows for an online application process, offering quick processing and multiple visits over its 2-year validity, with each stay up to 3 months (6 months for UK citizens). This option requires less documentation, emphasizing convenience for eligible travelers.

On the other hand, the New Zealand Visitor Visa is designed for those not eligible for an NZeTA, such as individuals from non-visa waiver countries planning tourism, family visits, or business consultations. This visa requires a more detailed application, including evidence of travel plans and financial means, and is typically granted for up to 9 months. It accommodates a wider range of travel purposes and durations, but with a more thorough vetting process.

How can I check my NZeTA status?
You can track the status of your existing New Zealand eTA through the official government website here. All you need are your eTA reference number and/or passport details.
I'm traveling to New Zealand soon. What if there are delays in my application?

If we run into delays, we'll email you as soon as possible.

In rare instances, delays can occur due to government processes. We recommend applying for your NZeTA as early as possible to avoid issues.

I made a mistake on my application for the NZeTA. Can I fix it?

If you've already submitted your application to us and later realize one of your answers is incorrect, contact our support team as soon as possible.

We'll do our best to correct any mistakes, but we can't guarantee any fixes after submission. We always recommend double-checking all info before submitting your application to avoid issues.

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