The way that you travel has changed, and traveling to other countries can now be a lot more difficult and time-consuming due to COVID-19 restrictions, PCR test requirements, visa requirements and more.
Before you begin traveling again you need to ensure that you have everything that is required of you to enter and leave your destination. If you are not prepared and organized then your journey may not go as smoothly as you would like it to. Below, we have listed four helpful travel tips for Germans who are planning on visiting New Zealand in the near future.
1. Purpose of Trip
Before you book accommodations in New Zealand, it’s recommended that you establish what the purpose of your trip is. Are you visiting for business, are you visiting relatives, or are you simply visiting for tourism purposes?
Establishing the purpose of your trip is essential because it will dictate what requirements you need to adhere to upon entry. For example, if you are traveling for business, or you are in transit then your entry requirements will be different to a traveler who is visiting for a two-week vacation.
2. Travel Authorization
To enter New Zealand you will need to sort out your travel authorization which is usually given in the form of a visa.
The Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) expires 2 years after it has been issued and is required for any tourism visit lasting up to 90 days. Having an Electronic Travel Authority proves that you have the legal right to enter and stay in New Zealand.
When it comes to NZ eTA requirements for German citizens, it’s important to remember that you must follow the process set out by the NZ authorities.
● You must ensure that your passport has plenty of time left on it and that it does not expire right in the middle of your travels.
● You must complete all the required paperwork thoroughly and correctly.
If online applications are not completed correctly, and if vital information is missing, or invalid, you run the risk of your application being canceled.
3. Tourist Tax
As well as having an ETA visa, you will also have to pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL). This non-refundable fee, which currently stands at $35.
As the fee is paid for every visa application, it is worth noting that it is not refunded even if your application gets declined. The IVL tax goes towards conservation efforts within New Zealand and is paid for at the same time you pay for your NZ ETA.
4. On Arrival Security and Items That Are Not Allowed
New Zealand has strict security protocols which must be followed. There are several items including items of food and drink that are not authorised, and therefore not allowed entry into the country.
If you do have anything to declare, you need to ensure that you alert a security desk or member of personnel, and, you must also ensure that you complete a declaration form honestly and correctly. Upon entry to New Zealand, you have to be ready and prepared for strict procedures that must be adhered to at all times. Fines and other penalties may be applied if you do not adhere to the list of items not allowed entry into the country.