Jul 24, 2019

New Zealand has established a new requirement for entering the country which may apply to you. It is important to make sure you meet the entry requirements before departing for your trip. This blog has everything you need to know about the NZeTA and IVL and how to apply.


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What is the NZeTA?

The New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority is a new border security measure which has been introduced by the New Zealand Government for travellers entering the country from the 1st October 2019. The main purpose behind the NZeTA is to strengthen and speed up border security when you enter the country. Visitors and transit passengers can apply for the NZeTA online; processing time can take up to 72 hours. The NZeTA lasts up to two years and can be used for multiple visits within that time frame.

It is important to note that the NZeTA is not a visa and doesn’t guarantee entry into New Zealand. All travellers will still need to meet the existing entry requirements for their particular passports.


Who needs an NZeTA?

You will need to apply for an NZeTA if you are travelling on a passport from a visa waiver country and are visiting New Zealand for up to 3 months at a time (or up to 6 months if you are a British citizen).

If you are travelling on a passport from a visa waiver country and only transiting through New Zealand, you still require an NZeTA. 

Australian residents need to apply for an NZeTA (Australian citizens traveling on an Australian passport are exempt).

If you don’t have a valid NZeTA when checking in for your flight, you will be denied boarding.


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Who does not need an NZeTA?

If you are a New Zealand or Australian Passport holder you don’t require an NZeTA. 

If you are travelling on a passport which holds a valid visa to enter New Zealand, then you do not need to apply for an NZeTA.


How do I request an NZeTA and how much does it cost?

You can apply for an NZeTA online but make sure you are applying on the official New Zealand Government website.

There is also an official Immigration NZ (INZ) mobile app you can use.

Your Travel Agent can also help you fill in the mobile app or website form but they will require your consent and the following information from you:

  • Passport details

  • A recent photo

  • Contact details such as an email address 

  • Proof of eligibility to travel to NZ such as a declaration about criminal conviction history and reason for travel.

  • The purpose of your trip (such as whether you are travelling to seek medical attention).

There is a small fee to pay for your NZeTA


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What is the IVL?

IVL stands for International Visitors Conservation and Tourism Levy. The IVL has been established due to the increasing number of visitors to New Zealand over the past few years. It's an easy way for them to contribute towards New Zealand's tourism infrastructure and help protect the country's natural environment. 

Who needs to pay an IVL?

Most people entering New Zealand on a temporary basis will need to pay the International Visitor Levy.

It is best to ask your Travel agent if you need to pay the IVL before you leave for your trip or you can check using the online tool.

Who does not need to pay an IVL?

You do not need to pay the IVL if you hold a New Zealand or Australian Passport or a passport from many Pacific Island nations.

If you hold a New Zealand residents visa you will also not need to pay the IVL. 

If you are transiting New Zealand on a transit visa or transit NZeTA you do not need to pay the IVL.

If you are unsure if your visa exempts you from paying an IVL, please check with your Travel Agent or by using the online tool. 

How do I pay for an IVL?

You can pay for your IVL and NZeTA in the same transaction.

For passport holders who require a visa to enter New Zealand (such as a visitors visa, study visa or work visa), you can pay for your IVL in the same transaction when you apply for your visa. 

The IVL costs NZ$35; if you are required to pay, the levy will be charged automatically to make it easier for you.


We look forward to welcoming you to New Zealand. For a stress-free arrival make sure to speak to your Travel Agent about your entry requirements before departing on your trip of a lifetime.

See you soon!



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