Italian travellers who stay in New Zealand for up to 90 days for tourism or business reasons must obtain a NEW ZEALAND VISA FOR ITALIAN CITIZENS.
This travel authorization is not a visa but is a mandatory entry requirement for citizens of Italy and other visa-exempt nations.
Do Italians need a visa for New Zealand?
Italy is a member of the New Zealand visa waiver programme. Italians need an eTA New Zealand from Italy, but not a visa, for trips of up to 90 days.
The NZeTA is short for New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority and serves as an official entry document for New Zealand.
The NZeTA is mandatory even for short trips to the country. Even cruise passengers have to apply for the eTA for any time they spend in New Zealand.
Italians who do not meet the NZeTA conditions need to apply for a visa for New Zealand.
Information about the NZeTA for Italians
With an approved eTA, Italians can travel to New Zealand for:
- Up to 3 months
Italians can visit New Zealand for up to 90 consecutive days with the Electronic Travel Authority. A visa for New Zealand is required to stay longer than 3 months.
- For tourism, business or transit
With an NZeTA, Italians can visit New Zealand on holiday, on business, or to visit family and friends. It is also the correct option for Italian transit passengers.
- Multiple times
Conveniently, the NZeTA is a multiple entry travel permit. The eTA is valid for up to 2 years, Italians do not need to apply for a new eTA before each trip to New Zealand.
Requirements to get an eTA NZ from Italy
Italians need just a few items to get started with the New Zealand eTA application:
- Italian passport
- Credit or debit card
- Passport-style photo
All documents and information are uploaded digitally—applicants do not need to present paperwork in person at the New Zealand embassy in Rome.
Italian passport requirements to apply for an NZeTA
The same passport must be used to apply for an NEW ZEALAND VISA FOR NETHERLANDS CITIZENS and travel from Italy to New Zealand. It is not possible to transfer an eTA NZ from one passport to another.
This means that, if the Italian passport expires a new NZeTA application must be submitted, even if it is less than 2 years since the original application.
Italian passports used to apply for an NZeTA must be valid for at least 3 months after the date the traveller will exit New Zealand.
How can I apply for the NZeTA if I am an Italian citizen?
Italian citizens can apply for an NZeTA online in 3 steps:
- Fill out the NZeTA application form for Italians
- Pay the NZeTA and IVL fees
- Submit the application for review
Applicants need to pay a small processing fee online. Certain travellers are also required to pay a tourist tax.
This tourist tax is called the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) and is in place to ensure that any increase in tourism also supports local conservation efforts.
What to expect of the New Zealand eTA application process for Italy
The application process is straightforward Italians need to complete the electronic eTA form with the following information:
- Personal details
- Passport data
- Contact details
There are also some health and security questions to verify the Italian national is eligible for a visa waiver.
Italians are advised to check their answers carefully before submitting the application. Any mistakes could lead to processing delays or rejection.
NZeTA processing time for Italian applicants
NZeTA processing is fast. Most Italians receive the approved travel permit by email in 1 to 2 business days. Applicants are advised to allow extra time in case of unexpected delays.
Italians who need the eTA urgently can use the Priority service for guaranteed 1-hour processing.