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# 254298 5-Aug-2019 19:52
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The government takes another step to improve border security today. The NZeTA, New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority, which will enable the government to screen travellers for border and immigration risks off-shore before they travel to New Zealand, has been launched by Immigration New Zealand (INZ), says Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway.

 

The NZeTA will be mandatory for visitors from visa waiver countries from 1 October 2019.

 

“Around one and a half million people travel to New Zealand each year from 60 different visa waiver countries. However, INZ does not currently have any information about these individuals until they are en route to or arrive in New Zealand.”

 

“The NZeTA is a quick and easy way to ensure we know more about people travelling to New Zealand from visa waiver countries. It will strengthen border security and be quick and easy for travellers to request,” says Iain Lees-Galloway.

 

“The NZeTA request takes less than 10 minutes to complete and will bring New Zealand’s border control into line with international best practices, with the United States, Canada and Australia already having electronic travel authorities.

 

New Zealand and Australian passport holders or visitors who already have a valid New Zealand visa, will not be required to have an NZeTA.

 

Visitors should allow up to 72 hours for their NZeTA request to be processed. Visitors who don’t hold an NZeTA when they check in for their flight or cruise from 1 October will not be able to board. Visitors whose request for an NZeTA is refused will need to apply for a visitor visa.

 

“INZ has also kicked off a major marketing campaign and is working closely with tourism and travel sector partners to ensure visitors know they need an NZeTA, and how and where to apply for it,” says Iain Lees-Galloway.

 

Visitors can now request an NZeTA for any travel after 1 October 2019 by applying online at www.immigration.govt.nz/nzeta. A mobile app will be available later this week.

 

The NZeTA will cost NZD$9 via the mobile app and NZD$12 through the website. At the same time that a visitor requests their NZeTA, they will be charged the new NZD$35.00 International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL).

 

The IVL is an investment in New Zealand. It is expected to raise over $450 million over 5 years, funding projects to ensure our country and our people get the best from tourism growth. Our international visitors will be contributing directly to the infrastructure they use and helping to protect the natural places they enjoy.

 

Funds from the levy will be invested in projects that protect and enhance our natural environment and biodiversity, and safeguard Aotearoa’s taonga for generations to come.

 

More information on the NZeTA is available at www.immigration.govt.nz/nzeta.

 





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  # 2290486 5-Aug-2019 19:52
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Allow me to introduce you folks to our new travel community: TravelTalk NZ.

 

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  # 2290545 5-Aug-2019 20:33
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Length of stay: Valid for many visits and up to 2 years.

 

Well at least it's better than the US one, where you have to re-file every single year...

 
 
 
 


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  # 2290548 5-Aug-2019 20:38
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neb: Length of stay: Valid for many visits and up to 2 years. Well at least it's better than the US one, where you have to re-file every single year...

 

US ESTA is valid for 2 years.

 

 


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  # 2290549 5-Aug-2019 20:40
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sbiddle:

US ESTA is valid for 2 years.

 

 

Oh, is it? I feel like I'm re-filing that thing every year. Maybe I've just done it so often it feels like it.

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  # 2290553 5-Aug-2019 20:45
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@PeterReader trolling the BDFL - this won't end well...🤣


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  # 2290557 5-Aug-2019 20:49
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Dratsab:

@PeterReader trolling the BDFL - this won't end well...🤣

 

 

Yup, the Big Damn Freakin' Leader shouldn't be trolled.

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This is great nice work!

 
 
 
 


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  # 2290643 6-Aug-2019 04:49
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At the same time that a visitor requests their NZeTA, they will be charged the new NZD$35.00 International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL).

 

 

So you will be charged the $35 fee when you apply, even if you are declined a NZeTA and have to apply for a Visa? What happens if you don't apply for a visa, do they refund the fee?


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neb:
sbiddle:

 

US ESTA is valid for 2 years.

 

Oh, is it? I feel like I'm re-filing that thing every year. Maybe I've just done it so often it feels like it.


 

You may be using the scammy resellers sites which are not valid for 2 year periods.

 

The official ESTA government site:

 

https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov 

 

..is not expensive and valid for 2 years.





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  # 2290650 6-Aug-2019 07:05
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kingjj:

 

 

At the same time that a visitor requests their NZeTA, they will be charged the new NZD$35.00 International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL).

 

 

So you will be charged the $35 fee when you apply, even if you are declined a NZeTA and have to apply for a Visa? What happens if you don't apply for a visa, do they refund the fee?

 

 

The IVL is a requirement for entering NZ unless you're from a country that is exempt (basically Australia, most Pacific Islands and anybody else on a foreign passport who has PR). If you need a visa or ETA you need to pay the $35

 

 


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"The NZeTA will cost NZD$9 via the mobile app and NZD$12 through the website"

 

And the reason for that is?

 

I understand things like cheaper car licensing through the website vs an agent, but, cheaper using a mobile site rather than a website?

 

 


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"The NZeTA will cost NZD$9 via the mobile app and NZD$12 through the website"

 

And the reason for that is?

 

I understand things like cheaper car licensing through the website vs an agent, but, cheaper using a mobile site rather than a website?

 

 

 

 

Looking at the blurb around the app, it appears to scan (optically I guess) your Passport , and creditcard , vs the webform, where you have to type the data in, 

 

So i'm guessing they are expecting (or their testing?) has shown a higher error rate with the Web form, so they are wanting to encourage the less error prone option...

 

There may also be a higher cost of having people arrive with an eTA that doesn't match up properly with the traveller...


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  # 2290676 6-Aug-2019 07:54
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dolsen:

 

"The NZeTA will cost NZD$9 via the mobile app and NZD$12 through the website"

 

And the reason for that is?

 

I understand things like cheaper car licensing through the website vs an agent, but, cheaper using a mobile site rather than a website?

 

 

 

 

I never understood this either. When they announced this last year I asked somebody who had some involvement in it and simply got a shrug of the shoulders - they had idea either and thought it was stupid.

 

It's not a mobile site as such - it's an app. It still needs to make API calls to the backend system in the same way the web page does so I see no logical reason why it should be priced differently. Both will need adequate resources dedicated to them to function!

 

 


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  # 2290886 6-Aug-2019 12:55
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dolsen:

 

"The NZeTA will cost NZD$9 via the mobile app and NZD$12 through the website"

 

And the reason for that is?

 

I understand things like cheaper car licensing through the website vs an agent, but, cheaper using a mobile site rather than a website?

 

 

The mobile site is ad-supported? Or installs tracking software?

 

(Just throwing out ideas... I don't understand it either).

 

 


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sbiddle:

 

kingjj:

 

 

At the same time that a visitor requests their NZeTA, they will be charged the new NZD$35.00 International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL).

 

 

So you will be charged the $35 fee when you apply, even if you are declined a NZeTA and have to apply for a Visa? What happens if you don't apply for a visa, do they refund the fee?

 

 

The IVL is a requirement for entering NZ unless you're from a country that is exempt (basically Australia, most Pacific Islands and anybody else on a foreign passport who has PR). If you need a visa or ETA you need to pay the $35

 

 

 

 

My question was more that what happens when you apply for a NZeTA, pay your $35 IVL at the same time, then get declined for a NZeTA. Do they refund the IVL payment seeing as you won't be (at that time) travelling to NZ?


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