This year, the New Zealand Government will be introducing two changes affecting visitors to New Zealand.

  1. Visa-waiver travellers will be required to hold an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) to enter New Zealand from 1st October 2019. This new security and facilitation measure is to help speed things up at the border, and is expected to cost between $9.00 and $12.50.
  2. An International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) of $35 is being introduced as a way for international visitors to contribute directly to the tourism infrastructure they use and help conserve the natural environment they enjoy. It will be payable on application for a visa or ETA from 1 July 2019.

These FAQs might help:

What do I need to do if I am arriving in New Zealand before 1 July 2019?

  • There are no changes to requirements prior to 1 July.

I need a visa to travel to New Zealand (visa-required citizen). What do I need to do if I am arriving in New Zealand after 1 July 2019?

  • If you apply for visa after 1 July you may be charged the IVL alongside your application fee (the application system will automatically check if you are liable or exempt).
  • If you have applied for a visa before 1 July, the IVL is not payable, even if you are arriving on 1 July or afterwards.

I do not need a visa to travel to New Zealand (visa-waiver citizen), and I am not Australian. What do I need to do if I am arriving in New Zealand before 1 October 2019?

  • There are no changes to entry requirements prior to 30 September.
  • You will be able to apply for an ETA before 1 October (the date will be confirmed in March). If you apply for an ETA you may be charged the IVL alongside your application fee (the application system will automatically check if you are liable or exempt).

I do not need a visa to travel to New Zealand (visa-waiver citizen), and I am not Australian. What do I need to do if I am arriving in New Zealand on or after 1 October 2019?

  • You will have to hold an ETA or you will not be able to board your aircraft or cruise vessel.
  • When you apply for an ETA you may be charged the IVL alongside your application fee (the application system will automatically check if you are liable or exempt).
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