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New Zealand introduces a tourism tax to preserve the environment
Posted on 13/10/2019

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Since 1 October, travellers to New Zealand have been required to carry an electronic travel authorization called NZeTA. In addition, tourists will also have to pay a nature conservation tax.

In order to cope with the ever-increasing number of visitors each year, New Zealand has strengthened the conditions of entry through its borders. Since October 1, the New Zealand Electronic Travel Authorization, or NZeTA, has been mandatory for the majority of visitors. The authorization must be obtained before departing for New Zealand.

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Valid for two years, the NZeTA applies in particular to holders of a UK passports who travel to New Zealand for a visit of less than three months, but also to visitors in transit at New Zealand airports or passengers on cruise ships calling at ports. Only travellers subject to a visa requirement, either because of their nationality or because of the nature or duration of their travel to New Zealand, are exempt from this formality.

The NZeTA can be requested online or from a free application that can be downloaded to a smartphone. It is delivered in 72 hours and costs NZ$9 (about £4.50) if requested from a smartphone and NZ$12 (about £6) from the website.

A tourist tax to preserve nature

A tourist tax to preserve nature
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Another new feature is the payment of a tourist tax for the preservation of nature (IVL). This tax of NZ$35 (about £17.50), which is also mandatory for a majority of travellers. Only New Zealand residency permit holders, airport transit travellers, Australian or certain Pacific national citizens, and holders of diplomatic, military, medical and humanitarian visas are exempt.

The IVL must be paid either online when applying for a visa, or when applying for an NZeTA if a visa is not required.

These measures should enable the New Zealand government to finance the country's tourist infrastructure, which was visited last year by 3.8 million people. For scale, New Zealand has only around 4.5 million inhabitants. They are also in place to ensure the country's fragile environment remains protected. In recent years, similar measures have been implemented in the United States, Canada and Australia.

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