Travelers from several nations who plan to visit New Zealand will need to process an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA), and pay the Conservation and Tourism Tax for International Visitors, before traveling to this nation. With the ETA it is sought that the time in migration controls be shorter and it is also intended to strengthen border security. While with the IVL (International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy) it is intended that travelers contribute directly to the tourist infrastructure they use, as well as help, protect and improve the natural environment they will enjoy during their stay in New Zealand.

As of October 1, 2019, citizens of the European Union Will have to apply for an New Zealand ETA if they want to enter New Zealand. Passengers in transit through New Zealand must also be in possession of an ETA. The ETA will cost 9 New Zealand dollars for applications made through the future mobile application or 12 New Zealand dollars for applications made through the website. The service will open in July 2019. The introduction of this ETA for international travelers will allow New Zealand authorities to improve their border security. In fact, applicants will provide information similar to that requested on the arrival card, including statements of possible criminal convictions. Citizens and residents of New Zealand will be exempt from ETA, as well as holders of a valid New Zealand visa and Australian citizens.

As they had announced at the end of last year, New Zealand adds requirements to meet for visitors. It is not that they are neither too strict nor difficult, but it is always a new headache for those who are going to travel to the country. A few days ago the New Zealand authorities explained what it would consist of and it is a prior approval known as ETA, very similar to the one you need to enter the United States, without requiring a visa. All visitors who come from countries that do not need a visa (Visa Waiver Countries), including those arriving on board a cruise ship, will need to have an ETA in their possession before entering the country. It is also mandatory for those who only make stops.

It will be mandatory from October 1, 2019. But this is not the only novelty that exists if you want to travel to New Zealand, because also on October 1 a new rate will come into force , which will be paid together with the ETA and will cost about € 21 , with the same validity as the previous one. It is not a price too large as a tourist tax for the maintenance of the country. The only country that will be exempt from this special permit is Australia. Permanent residents in Australia must take out the ETA New Zealand but must not pay the tourist tax called the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL).

Requirements to apply online to the NZeTA of New Zealand

-A valid passport of one of the 60 nationalities mentioned with at least three months of validity from the intention of departure.

-A bank debit or credit card for payment of the ETA and tourism tax.

-An email for notifications and receive the ETA.

-Other personal data that will be required in the online form.

It is very important that you be aware of this, since if you travel to New Zealand without such permission you will not be able to enter the country and it is very likely that you cannot even board your plane at the boarding airport.