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03 Oct 2019 | 05:17 AM UTC

New Zealand: New visa requirements come into effect October 1

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New Zealand implements new visa requirements for some visitors and transit passengers on October 1; confirm visa requirements before travel

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/1/2019, 12:00 AM until 11/30/2019, 11:59 PM (Pacific/Auckland). COUNTRY/REGION New Zealand


New Zealand has implemented new entry requirements for visitors and transit passengers as of Tuesday, October 1. Under the new measures, individuals from visa waiver countries and territories who are visiting for up to three months must request a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) before traveling. Transit passengers (individuals passing through New Zealand to another country) who are a citizen or hold a passport from a country on the transit visa waiver list or hold a current Australian permanent resident visa must also request a NZeTA. Passengers not from a transit visa waiver country must also request a transit visa. Individuals traveling as a transit passenger are also only allowed to fly via Auckland International Airport (AKL) and must remain in the transit area of the airport.

A full list of visa waiver countries can be found here. New Zealand officials advise travelers to allow for up to 72 hours for NZeTA processing. Further information, including pricing for the NZeTA, can be found on the New Zealand immigration website.


Individuals traveling to New Zealand are advised to confirm visa and entry requirements before traveling.


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