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NZeTA Visa for Transit

NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) visa is a requirement if you are passing through New Zealand as a Transit passenger. Before you start travelling to New Zealand, you need to apply for a transit visa.

In some cases, you don't even need to have a visa but you should have an NZeTA. The first case is when you are travelling to Australia, while the second is if you are from a visa waiver country, in both cases, you don't need a transit visa. If you are from a visa waiver country, you also do not require a visa.

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Who Must Have a Visa? 

You must apply for a transit visa before you travel. But before applying for NZeTA, you should have a visa if you are not:

  • An Australian permanent resident.
  • From a visa waiver country.
  • From a visa waiver country.

Who Must Apply for NZeTA?

If you have a plan to travel to any country by passing through Auckland International Airport, then you must apply for NZeTA if you:

  • Have a passport from the list of transit visa waiver country.
  • Are a permanent Australian resident and have a resident visa that allows you to travel Australia from any other country.
  • Are a current citizen of any country listed in visa waiver countries.

Who Doesn't Need NZeTA? 

If you are

  • A New Zealand Citizen.
  • Having a foreign passport that has a New Zealand citizen endorsement.
  • An Australian citizen and traveling on an Australian passport.
  • Holding a valid visa for New Zealand (include a Permanent Resident Visa).

Important Things You Must Do 

  • You have to pass through Auckland International airport as a transit passenger.
  • You have to stay in the transit area of the airport all the time.
  • Have to include your partner and dependent children aged 19 or less than 19 in your visa application.

Important Things To Note 

  • You must hold NZeTA if you are from a transit visa waiver country, an Australian resident or from a visa waiver country.
  • It can take very little time, but the time allowed for processing is up to 72 hours.
  • NZD $35 is paid by a passenger as an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IvL) at the same time when they pay for NZeTA.
  • On the free app, the NZeTA request costs NZD $9.
  • Online completion of NZeTA request costs NZD $12.
  • You can see the status of your NZeTA once you have requested for NZeTA.

Importance of NZeTA 

NZeTA for transit is of great importance because, without it, you can't travel to or from the Auckland International airport. If you have a visa but you don't have NZeTA, you can't travel to any other country through New Zealand. You need an approved NZeTA to depart.

Transit Visa Waiver Countries 

As a transit passenger, citizens of some countries mentioned by New Zealand do not need to apply for Visa but must hold NZeTA before passing through New Zealand. List of transit visa waiver countries given below:

  • Bahamas
  • Bermuda
  • Bolivia
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Indonesia
  • Kiribati
  • Nauru
  • Palau
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Republic of Marshall Islands
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Thailand
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela
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