If you’re a US citizen, traveling to New Zealand may seem simple, but it can get tricky if you’re not sure what steps to take first. Luckily, we’ve put together this guide on applying for an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) and New Zealand visa as a US citizen to help you navigate the process more easily! This article will cover the various types of visa options available to you as well as help you with the specific application process so that you don’t get stuck in any loops along the way.
Who needs a visa?
When you’re traveling to New Zealand, you need to apply for either an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) or a visa. Here’s what they do and why it matters whether you need one or not. If you have a criminal record: If you’ve been convicted of any criminal offense – even if it was in another country and/or more than 10 years ago – then it doesn’t matter whether it was intentional or unintentional, minor or major; and if your conviction is considered serious, then according to New Zealand immigration law, as long as your visa application process is still underway and hasn’t already been completed, then immigration officials can bar your entry into NZ.
How long does it take?
The New Zealand ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) takes five minutes to apply and is valid for up to 12 months. If you have your heart set on an ongoing, long-term visa, you can expect to wait between four and six weeks. A lot depends on where in NZ you’re applying from, so it’s important to get things sorted before you fly out. Currently, Kiwis living in Australia don’t need any type of visa to live and work in New Zealand; however, citizens of most other countries do. For example, if you’re planning a trip from Canada, Hong Kong, or India, make sure your passport is current; otherwise, you won’t be able to board your flight!
Where do I apply?
The first step in applying for a New Zealand ETA is to decide whether you’ll be using it while entering NZ via Auckland Airport or via another entry point, such as Wellington. If you’re not sure which airport to apply at, we recommend researching visa requirements on your own—you can find visa requirements and application forms on New Zealand’s Immigration website. New Zealand Visa for US Citizens
What are my chances?
To get an ETA, you must have both a valid passport and an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) approval letter. In order to qualify for an ETA, you’ll need to show that you have enough money to travel and support yourself in New Zealand. That money has to be in your account at least two days before you apply and it can’t be transferred from someone else or borrowed; it also has to come from employment or investment income—not lottery winnings or gift cards. You also can’t have any pending criminal charges and must not have overstayed your visa in New Zealand or another country.
Before you apply for a New Zealand visa, make sure you have all of these documents. If you’re missing anything, or if your passport or other travel document is about to expire, get it renewed before applying. The last thing you want is to receive an application rejection notice because you forgot your passport! At least 10 2×2 (50x50mm) color photographs with white background. Please note that black and white photographs are no longer accepted; Photographs must be taken against a plain white background and each photo should be similar in size and display a full front view of your face without any head covering unless wearing religious attire in accordance with applicant’s religious beliefs.
I was in need of obtaining my New Zealand ETA prior to applying for my New Zealand visa. If you have not yet received your New Zealand ETA, here is more information about how to go about doing so. Note that if you’re only traveling via air (and not land or sea), it will be easier and cheaper to obtain an ETA than a full visa. As with all other visas, your eligibility will depend on several factors such as…