URGENT INFORMATION FOR ALL TRAVELLERS TO NEW ZEALAND- INCLUDING THOSE IN TRANSIT- AS OF 01 OCT.2019

New Zealand has introduced an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) for travelers going and transiting through New Zealand.

Canadians still don’t’ require a “visa” for New Zealand but they do require a New Zealand ETA (NZETA) starting arrivals Oct 1, 2019.

AIR PASSENGERS ARRIVING AND STAYING IN NEW ZEALAND:

These passengers must get their ETA before departure as they will be denied boarding by the airline if they do not have it to show at check in.  This ETA also includes the mandatory environmental fee that is charged now for all arriving passengers into New Zealand  (IVL).  This amount will be included in the total paid for the ETA and the IVL.

TRANSIT PASSENGERS:

These passengers also require an ETA. So, if someone is transiting through New Zealand en route to Australia, they still require the NZETA.  They will not be paying the extra environmental fee as they are transit passengers only.

CRUISE PASSENGERS:

All cruise passengers arriving in New Zealand (whether the cruise starts there or not) will be required to obtain a New Zealand ETA (NZETA) before arrival in New Zealand.  This is currently required whether or not they take the cruise line shore excursions or not. This ruling may change down the road, but for now, that is the rule as it has been explained for now.

HOW TO OBTAIN THE NZETA:

There are quite a few third party sites that offer the NZETA.  However, they do charge extra fees.

This site is the official one by the New Zealand Government:  https://nzeta.immigration.govt.nz/

If you misplace this email, just go to the official New Zealand high commission website (in Ottawa) and follow the links for visas and it will take you to the same place.

NOTE:  it takes 1 business day to get the confirmation of the NZETA, but you should advise your clients that the website shows it must be done at least 3 business days before arrival in New Zealand.

COSTS:

If done on the official website, the ETA is 12 NZD and the IVL (environmental fee) is 35 NZD. So, total should be 47 NZD.

If you have any further questions; please contact your agent at YYZ TRAVEL GROUP.

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