For people planning to visit New Zealand, there are some extra hoops to jump through before one can be approved to enter the country.

The New Zealand government said in March that it would be implementing a new tourism entry approval system called Electronic Travel Authority (ETA, for short).

Beginning Oct. 1, 2019, travelers from any 60 visa waiver countries must have an ETA before coming into the country. This rule also applies to cruise travelers. This ETA will stay in effect for two years, and only cost $6 for mobile application requests and $8 for people making browser requests.

An ETA is also required for people traveling through New Zealand, even if it’s not their final destination.

Are There Any Exceptions To The ETA Rule?

People who have a New Zealand passport or via do not have to get an ETA. And, Australian citizens are exempted from the requirement. Exceptions also apply to the following individuals:

  • Non-cruise vessel passengers and crew
  • Crews of foreign cargo ships, government guests
  • People traveling under the Antarctic Treaty
  • Visiting force members and associated crew members

On its official website, the government said the introduction of the ETA would improve security and travelers’ experiences while also get control over immigration, biosecurity and smuggling problems. It will also help to support the country’s international agreements and relationship while adjusting to the constantly changing needs of travelers, stakeholders and government.

Besides the ETA, New Zealand visitors will have to pay another fee – the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Level, which also goes in effect on Oct. 1. The cost for this is $24 and must be paid at the same time as the ETA.

 

This World Brief was written by contributor Susan Powell exclusively for World Footprints.