Holidays in New Zealand are a popular choice for many British nationals. However, it is important to know what type of travel permit you will need when planning a vacation here. United Kingdom citizens can benefit from a convenient visa waiver scheme. As a UK tourist, you can apply for your NZeTA online through our website, saving yourself time, hassle and stress.

Do I need a New Zealand visa from the UK?

British nationals visiting the country for a short time as a tourist are eligible for the New Zealand Visa Waiver Scheme. However, this does not mean that a travel authorization document is completely unnecessary. Instead, you must apply for the NZeTA online. This waiver document entitles you to travel to New Zealand and visit its many attractions.

The NZeTA Travel Authorization is an online visa processing program issued by New Zealand for more than 60 countries. You can check our eligibility checker for your specific nationality status. You don't need a visa, if you:

  • A resident or resident of Australia and New Zealand
  • A British citizen or passport holder (for a maximum stay of 6 months).
  • Nationals are eligible to apply for an NZeTA (for a maximum stay of 3 months).

How do I apply for an ETA for New Zealand?

Applying for the NZeTA for United Kingdom citizens is easy. You have to follow three simple steps and then you can send it. If you need help with this, we have a fantastic support service available 24/7 and completely free.

  • In the first step of the application, you must fill in your data and choose a processing time. The first part is easy and will take about 5 minutes.
  • The second step consists of verification and payment. You can make payments using one of the many methods mentioned above. Overview, on the other hand, is an important part of the app. Any mistake can invalidate your visa, so be sure to double-check all the information you provide.
  • In the third and final step, applicants have to upload some documents. The number of documents will be determined on a case-by-case basis, but we'll tell you what you need to provide. Once done, simply submit your application and wait for your ETA to arrive in your email.

When should UK citizens apply for an NZeTA?

It usually takes a few minutes for confirmation to come. However, get the ETA for New Zealand at least 72 hours before departure to be safe. But it's easiest to get them after your New Zealand holiday is booked so you don't have to remember.

What are the requirements for applying for NZeTA?

The main requirement for applying for the NZeTA is eligible nationality under the online visa program. Documents required include a clear copy of your passport and a valid photo with a white background without any facial or head defects.

Do I need an NZeTA when traveling across the country?

If you are traveling to another destination via Auckland International Airport, you can apply for an NZeTA transit document. This allows UK passengers to be on board their aircraft or in the transit area of the airport without the need for other documents. However, you are not allowed to leave the airport with this type of document. Transit documents are also valid for 2 years and can be used for multiple trips.

If you wish to visit areas outside the airport, you must apply for a regular ETA.

How long is the NZeTA valid?

The New Zealand eTA is valid for multiple visits and can be used for two years. So, you can also travel to New Zealand with confidence, then travel to Fiji or Australia and then return to New Zealand with the same visa. You will also have to pay IVL or International Visitor Tax and Tourism Conservation. It serves the country's infrastructure development and environmental protection. IVL is only submitted every 2 years.

How early should I apply for a New Zealand visa?

NZeTA should not last more than 5-7 days. You have the option of choosing an express visa, which takes around 24/48 hours. You are advised to process your visa at least 10 working days in advance if possible.

How to register?

You can apply for the NZeTA and IVL at the same time. Please fill in the application form and provide basic information. NZeTA and IVL can take between 2 and 72 hours to process. So, if you're arriving on October 1st, to be on the safe side, you should check in before September 28th, as you won't be able to board the flight without them. The application process is short and simple and only takes a few minutes. Personal information will be requested, including full name, address, date of birth, passport details, contact information, and travel plans. The form will also include a health and safety section.

Information on how to complete the NZeTA application for UK citizens

Some basic data must be provided in the online eTA application form. It contains:

  • Personal data - full name, date of birth, address
  • Contact Information - including email address
  • Passport details – passport number, nationality, issue, and expiration date
  • Itinerary – hotel reservations, appointments

Travel from the United Kingdom to New Zealand with NZeTA

Once an application is submitted, an eTA is often approved within one hour, although in rare cases it can take up to three working days (72 hours) for approval to be processed.

For this reason, UK nationals are advised to apply for a New Zealand eTA well in advance of the intended date of travel to allow time for approval. UK citizens traveling with children or other family members should note that each person must apply for their New Zealand eTA separately, even if they hold the same passport.

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