On October 1, 2019, the New Zealand government will required a new tourism entry process known as the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). All travelers (including cruise ship passengers) from the 60 visa waiver countries will need to have an ETA BEFORE entering New Zealand.
The ETA will last up to 2 years, but unlike a visa process, it does not come with a long wait period. It will cost about $6 for a mobile app request or about $8 for a web browser request. The mobile app can be found for iOS here or for Android here.
People transiting through New Zealand, even if they aren’t staying, will also need to have an ETA before arrival.
New Zealand and Australian passport holders, and a few other very small segments of visitors will be exempt.
From the New Zealand’s official website, the new ETA will “enhance security and reduce immigration risks, address smuggling and biosecurity risks, improve the traveler experience, support New Zealand’s international relationships and agreements, [and] adapt to the changing needs and requirements of the government, stakeholders and travelers over time.”
Starting on October 1 also, all tourism visitors will have to pay The International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy. This payment will be made with the ETA, will cost about $24 and be valid for the life of the traveler’s ETA.