The New Zealand visa (NZeTA), for your holiday or business trip
Starting 1 October 2019, it is no longer possible to travel to New Zealand without a visa. Tourists and business travellers of all ages can apply for an NZeTA online. This type of visa for New Zealand costs £ 49,95 per person.
To limit the spreading of the coronavirus (Covid-19), New Zealand implemented a temporary travel ban.
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Apply online in three simple steps
1. Visa application
Each visa application starts with filling in the online application form. This only takes a few minutes.
2. Pay safely
Payment can then be made, safely and easily, by iDeal, Bancontact, PayPal or credit card.
3. Print visa
After approval, the New Zealand visa is sent by e-mail. Print it and take it with you on your trip.
Do I need a visa for New Zealand?
Do you need a visa for your trip to New Zealand? All travellers that want to travel to New Zealand by plane or by cruise ship require a visa to do so. Only travellers with a New Zealand or Australian passport are exempt from this. Applying for the NZeTA online is the cheapest, fastest and easiest way to meet the this requirement. Check before applying if all the terms are met, such as the maximum length of stay of 3 months.
What is an NZeTA? An NZeTA is an electronic travel permit (visa waiver) for New Zealand. The abbreviation stands for “New Zealand electronic Travel Authority”. If you apply for an NZeTA online, you won’t need to go to the embassy to have a visa applied to your passport. After approval, an NZeTA is digitally linked to the passport, and can thus be compared to the ETA for Australia and the eTA for Canada. When this website mentions the New Zealand visa it, unless otherwise specified, refers to the NZeTA.
New Zealand visa requirements and validity term
To make use of the simple online application procedure of the NZeTA visa for New Zealand, the requirements listed below need to be met. It is also important to take into account the validity term and the overall length of stay per trip.
What is the online visa suited for?
- Tourism (including holidays and visiting friends or family)
- Business trips (including conferences, trainings and other gatherings)
- Applying for paid or unpaid jobs in New Zealand
- Participating in unpaid amateur sports
How long is the NZeTA visa for New Zealand valid for?
The validity term is two years, starting from the day of approval. A single visa can be used to travel to New Zealand an unlimited number of times. Each stay can only last a maximum of 3 consecutive months. During each period of 12 months, you can stay in New Zealand for a total of 6 months.
Other requirements to travel with an NZeTA include the traveller:
- possesses a passport that is valid for at least more months after the planned date of departure from New Zealand
- needs to possess a return or transit ticket on arrival
- must be able to prove on arrival that they possess sufficient financial means to complete the trip
- cannot enter into service with an organisation in New Zealand (both salaried work and volunteer work fall under this)
- cannot have any serious transmittable diseases and is not expecting any serious medical problems
- cannot pose a risk to the safety, public order or law enforcement of New Zealand
- cannot have been sentenced to jail time, or be suspected of a fact that can lead to this
New Zealand visa application
How can I submit a New Zealand visa application? Applying for a visa for a holiday or business trip to New Zealand (the NZeTA) can be done entirely online, through the online application form on this website. After filling in the application form and making the payment, the application is processed by the New Zealand immigration service. As soon as the application is approved this will confirmed by SMS and the visa is sent to you by e-mail. From that moment on, it can be used for travel.
How long before departure do I need to apply? The standard delivery time is five workdays. If that is too long, the option ‘urgent delivery’ can be selected in the application form. The application is then processed right away, which generally leads to an approved visa in 90% of the cases. However, no guarantees can be provided whatsoever regarding delivery times, including with urgent cases. There is also a chance that the application is denied, though that chance is very small. If the application is denied, another visa type needs to be applied for, which can sometimes take several weeks.The New Zealand immigration service therefore recommends applying for the NZeTA as early as possible. It is not necessary to have already booked a flight or an overnight stay to apply for a visa.
What does the New Zealand visa cost? The government of New Zealand levies a tourist tax, the so called “International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy” (IVL). This tourist tax is 35 New Zealand dollars and is included in the visa price. The total cost of an NZeTA, including the tourist tax, visa cost and processing costs are £ 49,95 per person. If an urgent delivery is chosen, an added fee of £ 17,50 per person.
Where can I go if I have questions or face problems? First, read the frequently asked questions about the New Zealand visa. Unable to find an answer or solution there? Contact our Visa Support Center.
Summary New Zealand visa
|Travel purpose||Business or tourism|
|Entry||Unlimited number of entries|
|Stay||Maximum 3 months per visit|
|Normal||5 workdays delivery time|
|Urgent||90% chance delivery within an hour|
|Cost||£ 49,95 (including tourist tax)|
|Apply||Only online: apply now|
Travellers about the New Zealand visa112 People rate the New Zealand visa with a 9,6/10
I didn't even know you needed a visa for New Zealand. Thankfully, the NZeTA was approved within an hour.
Called the customer service and they were very helpful! Highly recommend.
Quite handy that you receive an SMS after approval. Makes you know right away when the visa is approved.
e-Visa.co.uk is a professional visa bureau and supports travellers in acquiring a visa for New Zealand. e-Visa.co.uk however is in no way part of the government of New Zealand. It is also possible to apply for the visa straight from the website of the immigration service of New Zealand (through immigration.govt.nz). However, this is without any personalized customer support. If you submit your application through e-Visa.co.uk are support center is at your service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your application is also manually checked by us before it is submitted. If we suspect any errors or incompleteness, we will contact you straight away, to make sure your application can still be processed correctly and on time. Our services have saved many a traveller from serious problems during their trip. Should despite our services your application still be denied, you will be refunded the full purchase cost (unless this same travellers was denied an application for an visa New Zealand before). Read more about our services.