New Zealand will begin requiring a travel document to enter the country beginning on Oct. 1, 2019.
United States citizens are technically one of the 60 visa-waiver countries for New Zealand entry, but the country has announced that many different national groups will now need to apply for a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA). According to the Washington Post, visitors who arrive by plane or cruise ship, or those simply in transit, will need to obtain the document.
However, the application process sounds as simple as the European Union’s new travel document process. Visitors will simply need to apply on New Zealand Immigration’s website or app, and pay the $14 fee (21 New Zealand dollars) for the app submission and online form.
There will also be a $23 fee (or 35 New Zealand dollars) for the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy.
Visitors will need to apply at least 48 to 72 hours before arriving in the country. If you are denied the document, you will need to apply for a visitor visa.
Currently, visitors from New Zealand need to apply for an Electronic System for Travel Authorization to travel to the United States.