New Zealand visa for US citizens - How long can you stay and requirements

New Zealand visa for US citizens - How long can you stay and requirements

iVisa | Updated on Jul 28, 2021

The US is on New Zealand’s list of 60 visa waiver countries. As a result, you are not required to go to the embassy to apply for your visa before departure. However, keep in mind that in order to be eligible your stay can not exceed 3 months. If this is your case, you will need to apply for an ETA. You can apply online with iVisa. Keep reading for more information.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do I need a visa for New Zealand?

New Zealand might require a visa depending on your nationality. New Zealand currently has more than 50 nationalities eligible for visa free travel. Visa waivered nationalities currently do not require a visa but will be required to apply for an ETA for purposes of tourism. Countries not on the visa waiver will need to apply for the appropriate visa.

Do US citizens need a visa to visit New Zealand?

No, USA citizens do not require a traditional visa and may instead apply for an ETA for purposes of tourism. If traveling for purposes other then tourism or those listed for the New Zealand ETA you will need to apply for the appropriate Visa. Luckily, you can apply for the New Zealand ETA online thanks to iVisa. To check requirements, click here.

What is an ETA?

The New Zealand's Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) is an electronic visa waiver that grants the right to enter multiple times to New Zealand. There is no need to make an appointment or present original documents to the Embassy or Consular Office.

How long can you stay in New Zealand Without a Visa

US citizens without a visa may have a maximum stay of 90 days Per Entry with the ETA which grants Multiple Entry into the country.

What are the documents required to apply?

With iVisa, you will need just a few documents to start your application. We require the following:

  • A current passport that is valid for at least six months upon arrival

  • Arrival and departure dates

  • Credit/debit card or PayPal account

How long is the ETA valid?

You will be able to use your ETA for 2 years after issued.

What are the processing times and prices?

With iVisa, applicants have three available options for the processing time with different pricing. The three options are:

  • Standard processing – your application is processed within 24 hours, and the price is USD 57.00 (service fees included).

  • Rush processing – you will receive your ETA within 4 hours, and the total price of it is USD 77.00 (service fees included).

  • Super rush processing – this is the fastest option. You will get your ETA in only 30 minutes, and you will be charged USD 97.00 (service fees included).

Click here to start your application.

How does the ETA work?

The New Zealand ETA is issued electronically by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the New Zealand government.

Travelers, travel agents, airlines and specialist service providers like us around the world can use the New Zealand eVisa system to process an ETA. We enter the applicant's information into the system and after they review it, we are notified of the outcome of the New Zealand ETA application.

How long does it take to apply for a New Zealand ETA?

It will take you less than 10 minutes because you just need to fill in the application form, and iVisa handle the rest!

How can I apply for a New Zealand ETA?

The application for a New Zealand ETA is really easy. It has only three steps:

  1. The first step will ask you to fill in your general information. You also need to choose the processing time from the options mentioned above.

  2. The second step will ask you to revise step one and make the payment.

  3. The last step consists of a questionnaire. Other documents may be required as well, but it depends on individual circumstances.

Click here to start. After you are done, you submit your form and wait for your ETA to arrive in your email. In case you need assistance to filling out your application, iVisa has a fantastic support service that you can call 24/7.

What happens after I have applied?

Once the application is done, you will receive the New Zealand ETA by email. No need to deal with the embassy. We do it for you so you don't lose valuable time. Next, present a printed version of your ETA along with your passport once you enter New Zealand.

Do I need to get an ETA for my kids too?

Yes. All foreign citizens wishing to travel to New Zealand require a visa or an ETA (depending on the case), even kids.

How can I apply for my family or friends?

You can apply for friends or family by making sure you have all the required documents first (you can see above in this article). If you are applying for only one friend or family member, just apply here introducing his or her data. In case you need to apply for more than one person, you can do so by clicking on ‘Add new applicant’ in the application form and completing the information required.

Do I need a New Zealand ETA if I am in transit through New Zealand?

If you DON'T plan to leave the transit lounge at the airport while in New Zealand, then you are not required to have an ETA. Otherwise, if you wish to leave the airport, then you HAVE TO apply for a New Zealand ETA.

How do I know if my ETA is approved?

We will notify you by email as soon as the New Zealand government approves your ETA.

What can I do if I make a mistake in my application?

If you made a mistake when entering your data online then please contact our customer service representatives as soon as possible via online chat to assist you.

Your New Zealand ETA is linked to your passport number, if we already submitted your application, then you can NOT make any changes and you will have to apply again but we will NOT charge you another service fee.

Is it safe to use iVisa to get my New Zealand ETA?

Many people think that online information leaks and that their personal info is at risk of getting into the wrong hands. However, that is not the case with our services. We provide maximum safety for your personal data by investing a lot in the security of our database. Your personal information could not be safer. You can check what hundreds of happy customers say about us here.

I have more unresolved questions, where can I find more info?

For a faster problem resolution, click here and start chatting with one of our customer service representatives. Alternatively, you can find more info and FAQs here.