Travelers from the United States—as well as from Canada, the U.K. and much of western Europe—don’t need a visa to visit New Zealand. But starting October 1, travelers from all non-visa countries need to apply for and be granted an Electronic Travel Authority, aka an ETA, before entering the country. The ETA will be attainable via the Immigration New Zealand website for NZD$12 (about $8) or the app for NZD$9 (about $6) from July onward.
The application process isn’t expected to be demanding, but on its website, New Zealand recommends that you “request your ETA well in advance of your trip to New Zealand. It can take [Immigration NZ] up to 72 hours to approve your ETA. If you do not hold an ETA when you check in for your flight or cruise you will not be allowed to board.”
A mandatory International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy, or IVL, is also being introduced. Travelers will be required to pay NZD$35 (about $24) “to contribute directly to the tourism infrastructure they use and to help protect and enhance the natural environment they will enjoy during their stay in New Zealand.” The IVL will be payable during application for the ETA. Once paid and approved, the ETA and IVL will both be good for two years.
See all the details of the new policy on the Immigration New Zealand website.
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