Planning a trip to New Zealand this year? If so, then you should take note that from 1st October 2019, international visitors will need to request an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). It will also be mandatory for all cruise passengers to hold a valid ETA before travelling to New Zealand, whether they plan to disembark or remain onboard.

The changes will affect travellers from most European countries, the US, Canada, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brazil, the UAE and many more. All will have to fill out the ETA form online and pay a fee that will be between NZ$9 and $12. At that point, some will also have to pay the country’s new tourist tax – International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) – which is also aimed at managing the boost in New Zealand’s tourism.

The new measure is designed to enhance security, address smuggling and biosecurity risks and improve the traveller experience when entering the country.

It is recommended requesting an ETA well in advance, as it can take up to 72 hours to approve applications.

Immigration New Zealand is the best contact for any other information around the ETA. You can contact them at


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