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What is the change? Travelers are reminded that New Zealand will introduce an Electronic Travel Authority system Oct. 1.
What does the change mean? Nationals of 60 visa-waiver countries will need to obtain an ETA before traveling to New Zealand. The ETA system is designed to provide security benefits and streamline the pre-screening process.
Additional information: Those who will require an ETA will need to complete a short online form and pay a small processing fee. The form will request basic information, such as:
ETAs will be valid for two years and will cost NZD $9 if applied for on INZ’s app, or NZD $12 if applied for online. An International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) of NZD $35 will also be payable.
Analysis & Comments: Travelers from visa-waiver countries should take note of the pending change, especially if they are planning travel to New Zealand on or after Oct. 1. The change will not affect travel procedures for New Zealand citizens, Australian citizens or holders of valid New Zealand visas.
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