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New Zealand Adds New Entry Requirements for Visitors
New Zealand has announced new entry requirements designed to enhance screening of those visiting the country. The new tourism entry approval process involves an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) form as well as a new tax named the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL).
The following types of visitors must now request an ETA before traveling to New Zealand:
- Those visiting or in transit from a visa waiver country — that is, a country whose passport holders do not need to get a visa before they arrive in New Zealand
- If you’re traveling on a passport from a visa waiver country or a transit visa waiver country and you will be in transit through Auckland International Airport —
- Cruise ship passengers, regardless of your nationality
- Permanent residents of Australia
Visitors from dozens of countries, including USA, do not have to apply for a visa before visiting for three months or less.
The new requirements take effect on October 1. The government recommends requesting an ETA well in advance of a trip to New Zealand, as it can take up to 72 hours to approve applications.
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