From 1 October 2019, all air travellers from 60 visa waiver countries, and all cruise travellers, will need to hold an ETA before travelling to New Zealand.
An ETA is an Electronic Travel Authority that will allow Immigration New Zealand to pre-screen travellers prior to arriving at the border. The purpose of the introduction of ETA’s is to speed up immigration clearance and reduce the number of passengers being refused entry at the border. Applying for an ETA is very simple and can be processed online or through a mobile phone app. Applications made through the mobile app will cost NZD$9, or NZD$12 if processed through a web browser. Once granted, an ETA will be valid for 2 years.
In addition to the new ETA, an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) will also be introduced, also valid for 2 years. The NZD$35 levy is intended to collect revenue to support tourism infrastructure and conservation activity.
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