New Zealand

New Zealand's state-of-the-art technological eVisa system

From October 1, 2019, visitors from European Union countries as well as a few others traveling to or transiting New Zealand will need to have an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority). This new system was introduced as a faster alternative to the long and obsolete visa application process. As the system was put in place just before the start of the pandemic, most travelers are still unaware of this change.

Possibility to apply for a visa or an NZeTA

Le New Zealand visa (NZeTA) can still be requested online, although it is not yet possible to travel to New Zealand. Requests are processed and approved as quickly as usual, typically within five business days. As the NZeTA has a very long period of validity, the visa can be requested now for future travel. The NZeTA visa for New Zealand is valid for five years from the date of issue. It is not necessary to indicate a specific date of arrival in New Zealand in the application form, it can be an estimated date. Once the visa is granted, travelers can decide when to arrive in New Zealand, as long as the visa is valid and the passport used to apply for the visa has not expired.

It is not yet known when the ban on entry into New Zealand will be lifted and New Zealand will once again be accessible to French citizens. It depends on the situation in New Zealand and how things develop in Europe. Read them updated information on the coronavirus in New Zealand and keep in mind the travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The health crisis in New Zealand

New Zealand authorities brought the coronavirus under control fairly quickly. Compared to other countries, there were only a few infections. A few weeks ago, the country was even declared "coronavirus-free". In the meantime, however, several new infections have been reported.

Coronavirus declared free, but new infections later

New Zealand authorities have taken far-reaching measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. As a result, the number of infections in New Zealand has remained relatively low compared to other countries, where the virus has spread much faster.

On June 8, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that the last coronavirus patient in New Zealand had been declared to be in good health and that, as far as is known, there was no new cases of coronavirus in the country. The Prime Minister had therefore lifted several measures in the country. However, the borders remained closed to foreign travelers.

While the country had not reported any new infections for three weeks, a mistake was made at the New Zealand border. Two travelers were allowed to leave quarantine prematurely and travel from Auckland to Wellington. These are two travelers returning to New Zealand from Britain who were infected with the coronavirus. At the moment (06 January 2022), there are 22 new cases of the coronavirus in New Zealand according to official figures.

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