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For our circumnavigation this winter we needed both.  Australia went fine but stopped in the midst of New Zealand.   3 ports there so answer that we are visiting, not in transit right? There was one other question that through me any help would be appreciated. 

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50 minutes ago, njkruzer said:

For our circumnavigation this winter we needed both.  Australia went fine but stopped in the midst of New Zealand.   3 ports there so answer that we are visiting, not in transit right? There was one other question that through me any help would be appreciated. 

I believe your visit would be classified as 'visiting'. 'In transit' usually means staying within the secure area of the international airport.

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1 hour ago, golffore2001 said:

Found this on website someone posted above. Seems to indicate people arriving by cruise do not need visa. :

When you arrive at your first New Zealand port you will be deemed to hold a visitor visa. This expires 28 days after the ship arrives at its first port of entry in New Zealand or when the ship leaves — whichever happens first.

Passengers on cruise ships do not need a visa, but they need an 'eTA'.

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1 hour ago, Dearana said:

What does ETA mean and who provides it?

 

Welcome to Cruise critic, 

ETA stands for Electronic Travel Authority. The Government provides them for tourists visiting from certain countries instead of having to get a Visa.

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11 hours ago, Dearana said:

What does ETA mean and who provides it?

 

An ETA is an Electronic Travel Authority, it is not a visa. All visitors to NZ in addition to any visa requirements are also required to get an ETA.  The only exceptions are Australians. The ETA can be obtained via the NZ Government website or in some instances 3rd party authorised sites. If using the NZ govt site one pays just the ETA Fee but if using 3rd party authorised sites they clip the ticket and pass on your request to the govt.

The ETA is a new phenomenon in NZ. It came into force in OCtober and is designed to pay for some of the tourist infrastructure costs currently met by locals.

It can be likened to the bed or city  tax that is common in Europe. A number of schemes were considered and an ETA was considered the simplest.

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44 minutes ago, Beanb41 said:

 

The ETA is a new phenomenon in NZ. It came into force in OCtober and is designed to pay for some of the tourist infrastructure costs currently met by locals.

 

Isn't it only the the Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) of $35 NZ which is included in the total amount paid for the NZeTA to be used or tourist infrastructure? The NZeTA is just to make it easier for certain groups such as cruise ship passengers to enter NZ. 

 

Leigh

 

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Thanks to all who have responded. Here is something from NCL that is the best explanation I have seen so far in regards to cruise passengers:

The government of New Zealand has recently launched an electronic visa called the NZeTA that will be required for all guests not holding New Zealand or Australian passports to obtain prior to their cruise.

The NZeTA visa will be available for purchase via New Zealand's immigration website, or their mobile app, called NZeTA.  Guests will also have to pay what is called the International Visitor Conservation And Tourism Levy (IVL) which is done at the same time as the visa application. 

VISA COST:

NZeTA visa will cost 9 NZD if purchased via the mobile app, and will cost 12 NZD if purchased via the website.  The IVL will cost 35 NZD, and price remains the same whether purchased through the mobile app or website.  Therefore, total cost will be either 44 NZD or 47 NZD per person to get both the NZeTA and IVL.

WHO NEEDS THE NZeTA VISA?

All guests who do not hold passports from New Zealand or Australia require the NZeTA visa to enter New Zealand by sea (for cruises that start and end in Sydney).  Australian permanent residents who do not hold Australian passports also require the NZeTA.  All nationalities are eligible to enter New Zealand by sea on a ship with the NZeTA.  However, only the visa waiver countries can obtain an NZeTA visa to enter New Zealand by air (for cruises that start in Auckland).  Guests from all nationalities that are not part of the visa waiver program (except for New Zealand and Australian passport holders) must get a visitor visa to enter New Zealand by air.  This is a separate visa that is also obtained online.

All guests MUST have the NZeTA or visitor visa in order to take any cruise that visits New Zealand ports. It is not an option to detain a guest onboard in New Zealand ports if they do not have the required visa.  For cruises that begin in Sydney, we will check for the NZeTA confirmation email from every guest at check in so please print or have the confirmation email available on your phone.  Anyone who has not yet applied can do so at the pier, but will not be boarded if they do not receive approval before the ship sails.

Click here to view countries and territories that are visa waiver countries.

HOW LONG IT TAKES TO GET THE VISA:

It is recommended that everyone applies for the NZeTA at least 72 hours prior to travel, as it can take up to 72 hours for the visa to be approved for certain individuals. 

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