New Zealand visa shake-up continues with new NZeTA form for travellers

2019-10-04 10:37
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New Zealand has seen an influx of visitors and is tightening its security measures for travellers visiting the country, even for those who have visa-free access. 

All citizens from the 60 visa-waiver countries (see the full list here), will now be expected to fill in a New Zealand electronic travel authority (NZeTA). South African travellers need a visitors visa - so they do not qualify for this form or applied travel exemptions. 

The New Zealand travel authority details the form takes about 72-hours to process at a cost of between NZ$9 to NZ$12 ( about R86 to R115 at R9.59/NZ$). 

Travellers who are New Zealand citizens travelling on a New Zealand passport, or a foreign passport that has a New Zealand citizen endorsement, are an Australian citizen travelling on an Australian passport or hold a valid visa for New Zealand — including a Permanent Resident Visa do not need to fill in this NZeTA.

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A similar security measure, the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) will also come into effect in 2021. Currently, individuals from the 57 countries do not require Schengen visas to visit countries in the European Union.

However, with the arrival of ETIAS, it is likely that passport holders of these countries will require an ETIAS waiver to travel to Europe for the purposes of tourism, business or transit for a short 90 days stay in any 180-day period.

Similarly as with the NZeTA for New Zealand travel, South Africans will continue to need a Schengen visa to visit Europe.  

The intent of this new requirement is to allow the European Union to better address the challenges posed by terrorism and to raise revenue.

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How it will impact tourism and travel going forward remains to be seen. South Africa itself has seen a negative backlash to visa changes that impact arrivals and in turn revenue generated through travel and tourism - with its recent visa overhaul expected to address this. 

*Compiled by Selene Brophy

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