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NZeTA - New Zealand Travel Authority
If you travel to New Zealand on holiday, you'll need to get either a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) or a visitor visa — unless you're an Australian citizen.
The New Zealand Government has introduced a new travel requirement for some visitors and transit passengers, including from visa waiver countries such as the United Kingdom.
It’s called the NZeTA - New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority.
The NZeTA is issued by Immigration New Zealand (INZ) and is required for travel from 1 October 2019.
UK passport holders must have an NZeTA issued before travelling to New Zealand, if they don’t have a visa. Travellers need to request their NZeTA via the official mobile App or website. Approval is usually processed that day but can take up to 72 hours.
Beware of applying through an unauthorised third-party website. The Immigration New Zealand website is the only official website.
You can check the status of your NZeTA application using the official Immigration New Zealand (INZ) link: https://nzeta.immigration.govt.nz/check-status(external link)
Enter your reference number, your passport number and your nationality. Use this tool too if, for example, you have concerns about an application via an unauthorised third party provider.
You can also request to update your NZeTA on the INZ website by filling out an online form: www.immigration.govt.nz/contact/nzeta-change-request(external link)
You can use this form to update passport details, name changes, email addresses, and correct small errors on an NZeTA (such as spelling mistakes).
In general, you will need a visa if you wish to:
- visit as a tourist(external link)
- work temporarily(external link)
- have a working holiday(external link)
- live permanently(external link)
- study(external link)
The Immigration New Zealand(external link) website provides comprehensive information in English about visa requirements when coming to New Zealand including information on:
- Applying for a visa(external link)
- Application fees(external link)
- Doctors for immigration medicals(external link)
- Visa-free countries(external link)
Applying for a New Zealand visa
Most work, student and visitor visas can be applied for online. Applying online is often faster and less expensive than sending in a paper application form. When you apply online, you may be granted an electronic visa (or eVisa).
Before you apply online it is important to check what visa you need and what the requirements are.
Use Immigration Online(external link) to apply for a work, student or visitor visa.
Use Online Systems(external link) to apply for a working holiday visa, Silver Fern Job Search Work Visa, or submit a Skilled Migrant Category expression of interest.
You may be eligible for an eVisa if you apply for your visa online. An eVisa is a visa issued without a physical label meaning you don’t need to send away your passport. Find out more about e-visas(external link).
New Zealand Visa Application Centre London
You can still use a Visa Application Centre (VAC) if you need to submit a paper based application.
Visa applications must be sent to the New Zealand Visa Application Centre (VAC) in London.
The VAC charges a visa facilitation fee of GBP18.00 per application. This fee should be submitted with each application in addition to the relevant visa application fee. For payment methods, please refer to the VAC website(external link).
Information regarding courier options for the return of passports and original documentation is also on this website.
All applications must be lodged by mail or in person to:
New Zealand Visa Application Centre London
New Zealand Visa Application Centre
66 Wilson Street
Phone: +44 203 582 7499
Office hours: Monday to Friday: 9am to 4pm
Call centre hours: Monday to Friday: 9am to 4pm
Lodging your application
Please refer to the Visa Application Centre Website(external link) for information on how to lodge your visa application.
Applications are only required from people who need a visa (e.g. student, work, transit, resident etc) to travel to New Zealand. Visitors from visa waiver countries(external link), including Belgium, can continue to travel to New Zealand visa free under certain conditions.
For additional information on New Zealand visas, please visit the Immigration New Zealand(external link) website.