Find out about the legislation to enter New Zealand: is an online procedure required?

New Zealand captivates over 3 million tourists annually. Indeed, it is believed that tourism to that country increased by 4.9% during 2019.

But since last October 1, the regulatory framework governing entry to New Zealand has been modified. This measure is aimed at all those passengers who, due to their nationality, do not require a visa. Its processing, the New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA), is done online. This article details everything you need to know about it.

New migration process to enter New Zealand: main characteristics

Previously, many citizens of different nationalities were not required to present an entry visa to New Zealand as a prerequisite. These were referred to as Visa Waiver country. The legislation in question included countries such as: Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, the United States and Portugal, among others. In effect, only the migratory entrance had to be carried out upon arrival at the destination (airport or port).

But currently, a new legal provision has been established: the NZeTA. Without the prior completion of this document in the check-in process, the passenger will not be able to board the plane. This procedure is valid for several visits to the country and is valid for two years.

Find out about how to carry out the NZeTA procedure

To process it, you must complete a series of personal data. And it is important to manage it with enough time in advance, since it can have a delay of 72 hours. At the same time, it is done online from the New Zealand migration website or through its app. In the first case, a fee of NZD $ 12 must be paid; and in the second, NZD $ 9.

Finally, it should be mentioned that along with the procedure, NZD $ 35 is paid by the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL). This, as long as they are not passengers in transit. This tax is an obligation related to the conservation and tourism of international visitors. Similarly, it is valid for various entries into the country and lasts for two years.

Being informed is an essential step before making any trip. So if you are thinking of traveling to New Zealand, be sure to apply for the NZeTA. As a result, the tranquility of your trip will be assured.

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