If you are visiting New Zealand soon, there are two important changes you need to know about – NZeTA and IVL.
The New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) and the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) are separate documents, but connected government initiatives to support security and tourism in New Zealand.
1. NZeTA – New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (or ETA)
American, British and European citizens are all visa waiver countries for travel to New Zealand, previously you could jump on a plane and fly to New Zealand without any documentation. However, from 01 October this year, the rules will change slightly.
Now, if you’re from a visa waiver territory and visiting New Zealand on or after the 1st October 2019, you will need to get an ETA (Electronic Travelling Authority), before boarding your flight or cruise vessel. Australian citizens will not require this.
The new system is being introduced to enhance border and biosecurity controls and bring New Zealand’s systems in line with other countries, such as the United States and Australia. It will also help improve your experience at immigration for a smoother and quicker entry into New Zealand on your arrival.
2. IVL – International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy
International visitors entering New Zealand will also need to pay the new International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy. This levy will be invested in sustainable tourism and conservation projects in New Zealand.
An increasingly popular place to visit and enjoy, New Zealand is expecting even more growth in the coming years. The funds collected through the IVL will be spent on maintaining facilities and natural landscapes that you’ll enjoy during your stay. (Such as, car parks and toilets as well as walking track maintenance and conservation projects like native planting, breeding programmes and predator eradication).
How do I apply?
You are able to apply for both your NZeTA and IVL at the same time.
The NZeTA and IVL may take between 2-72 hours to process, so if you’re arriving on the 1st of October you should apply before the 28th of September, to be on the safe side, as you won’t be able to board a plane without them.
The application process is short and straightforward and should only take a few minutes. It will ask for personal details including your full name, address, date of birth, passport details, contact information and travel plans. There will also be sections of the form related to health and security.
What’s are the costs?
The NZeTA costs NZ$12 via the website form, or NZ$9 if you’re applying via the mobile app.
The IVL costs NZ$35.
Both are valid for multiple visits for up to two years.
All visitors to New Zealand must also ensure that their passport is valid for at least 3 months after their intended departure date from New Zealand.
Find out more about NZeTA and New Zealand IVL here:
Immigration NZ – Apply for NZeTA
MBIE – Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment