New Zealand: Introduction of Electronic Travel Authority and International Visitor and Conservation Levy - Initial Advice & close

April 1st April 2019:

Good Afternoon,

Barrhead Business Travel have been advised that from 1st of October 2019 international visitors travelling to New Zealand will need to request an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA).

Visitors will also be required to pay an International Visitor and Conservation Levy (IVL), which will allow them to contribute directly to the tourism infrastructure they use and help protect the natural environment they enjoy during their stay in New Zealand.

International Visitor Levy (IVL):

Following consultation, the Government has decided to implement an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy.

The levy will help ensure New Zealand is well equipped to welcome international visitors, with the levy being used to protect our beautiful places and fund visitor-related infrastructure.

The revenue from the Levy will be split 50:50 between conservation and tourism. With funding spend focussed on biodiversity and infrastructure.

It will be used to protect the things that make New Zealand special, and make sure that we have the facilities that support a great visitor experience.

The specific programmes that will be funded will be identified through an Investment Plan, that will be developed with input from an advisory panel made up of industry, local government and conservation stakeholders.

The levy would be collected alongside application fees for visas and the new Electronic Travel Authority (required for visa waiver country citizens).


For further information:

The implementation of the ETA and IVL is being led by Immigration New Zealand who have recently published information for the tourism sector;
https://www.immigration.govt.nz/documents/industry/eta-factsheet-for-travel-sector.pdf

Immigration New Zealand are the best contact for any other information around the ETA ETA.information@mbie.govt.nz