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New Zealand is a small country, similar in size to Great Britain or Japan, with a population of just four million people but getting here couldn’t be easier! It’s only a 9 – 12 hour flight from countries on the Pacific Rim and is serviced by more than 360 international flights every week.
30 airlines fly direct into Auckland from 46 destinations worldwide including; Bangkok, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Doha, Dubai, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Los Angeles, Manila, Perth, Santiago, Shangai, Singapore, Tokyo and Vancouver.
Most visitors from visa-waiver countries and territories must now request an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) prior to travelling to New Zealand or transiting through Auckland International Airport. The NZeTA has been introduced to enhance security, reduce immigration risk and bring New Zealand’s border controls in line with international best practice.
Since 1 July 2019 most travellers have also been required to pay a $35 International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) at the same time as they request their NZeTA request or apply for a visa. The International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) enables visitors to contribute to the infrastructure they use and the natural environment they enjoy
Requesting an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority)
You can request an NZeTA through the Immigration New Zealand website. The cost of an NZeTA is $9 on the mobile app and $12 on the web form. The IVL levy of $35 will also be collected when you request an NZeTA.
Applying for a Visa
Guests who do not qualify for an NZeTA need to apply for a visa. Please ensure you allow at least 5-6 weeks for processing visa applications. For more information please visit https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa.
Who does not need an NZeTA or visa?
People travelling on a New Zealand or Australian passport.
New Zealand or Australian citizens travelling on a foreign passport with the appropriate endorsement.
People who already hold a valid New Zealand visa (including holders of a Diplomatic Visa.)
Transiting via Australia
If your travel itinerary includes a transit stop in Australia you may need an Australian Transit Visa.
If you are bringing large amounts of cash into New Zealand, you should be aware of the requirement to declare cash on arrival into New Zealand. Please find further information here.