New Zealand Implements New Border Control Measures

October 2, 2019 | New Zealand

Immigration authorities in New Zealand have implemented New Border Control Measures with the New Zealand electronic travel authority (NZeTA). The new NZeTA system was launched in order to keep tabs on people entering the country who have criminal convictions, as well as tightening the nations national security. This new system is set to impact around 1.5 million people from 60 “visa waiver” countries.

How It Works
Those who are impacted by the change will now need to fill out a form which will take up to 72 hours to process. This form must be filled out prior to boarding a plane or ship to New Zealand.

Applicants will need to pay $9 or $12 and excludes citizens of New Zealand and Australia, as well as those who already hold a valid visa for New Zealand. An individual’s NZeTA would be valid for two years.

Why the Change?
Immigration authorities in New Zealand are looking to identify anyone previously convicted and sentenced to prison for 12 months or longer, individuals considered a threat to national security or who are members of a terrorist group.