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New Zealand announces new eligibility requirements for tourists

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New Zealand has just announced that new requirements are designed, at least in part, to help step up screening of a visit to the country.

The government of the country has announced a new tourist entry approval process in which an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) form if a new tax called the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL).

According to the New Zealand Immigration website, the purpose of the ESA is to “improve the way people are assessed before they arrive in New Zealand.” The ETA is also intended to reduce the time needed for the border and the strengthening of the security of the borders.

New Zealand has just announced that new requirements are designed, at least in part, to help step up screening of a visit to the country.
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The IVL meanwhile, is described as “a way for travelers to contribute directly to the tourist infrastructure which they use and to help protect and improve the natural environment to enjoy during their stay in New Zealand,” says the website. The following types of visitors now must apply for an ETA for the trip to New Zealand:

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— Visit or in transit from a visa waiver country, a country whose passport holders do not need to get a visa on arrival in New Zealand

— If you are traveling on a passport from a visa waiver country or a transit visa waiver country and you will be in transit via the International Airport of Auckland

— Passengers of the cruise ship, regardless of your nationality

— Permanent residents of Australia

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However, there are dozens of countries whose citizens do not have to apply for a visa for a visit of three months or less, a full list can be found here.

In addition, the new regulations an overview of a variety of travellers, who don’t need the ETA. These include:

— Travellers who are already in possession of a valid visa for New Zealand

— Those who are New Zealand citizens travelling on a New zealand passport or a foreign passport with an endorsement — for example, say that you are a permanent resident or citizen of New Zealand

— Australian citizens travelling on an Australian passport.

The new requirements take effect on 1 October. The government recommends applying for an ETA well in advance of a trip to New Zealand, as it can take up to 72 hours for the approval of applications.

This story was originally published by TravelPulse.

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