New Zealand Visa from Chile

New Zealand Visa for Chilean Citizens

New Zealand Visa from Chile
Updated on May 21, 2024 | Online New Zealand Visa

New Zealand Visa from Chile

New Zealand eTA Eligibility

  • Chilean citizens can apply for an NZeTA
  • Chile was a launch member of the NZ eTA program
  • Chilean citizens enjoy fast entry using the NZ eTA program

Other New Zealand eTA Requirements

  • A Chile-issued Passport that is valid for another 3 months after departure from New Zealand
  • NZ eTA is valid for arrival by air and cruise ship
  • NZ eTA is for short tourist, business, transit visits
  • You must be over 18 to apply for an NZ eTA otherwise require a parent/guardian

What are requirements of New Zealand Visa from Chile?

A New Zealand eTA for Chilean citizens is required for visits up to 90 days.

Chilean passport holders can enter New Zealand on New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) for a period of 90 days without obtaining a traditional or regular Visa for New Zealand from Chile, under the visa waiver program that commenced in the years 2019. Since July 2019, Chilean citizens require an eTA for New Zealand.

A New Zealand Visa from Chile is not optional, but a mandatory requirement for all Chilean citizens traveling to the country for short stays. Before travelling to New Zealand, a traveller needs to ensure that the validity of the passport is at least three months past the expected departure date.

Only Australian Citizen are exempt, even Australian permanent residents are required to obtain an New Zealand Electronic Travel Authorisation (NZeTA).

How can I apply for eTA New Zealand Visa from Chile?

The eTA New Zealand Visa for Chilean citizens comprises an online application form that can be completed in less than five (5) minutes. You are also required to upload a recent face-photograph. It is necessary for applicants to enter personal details, their contact details, like email and address, and information on their passport page. Applicant must be in good health and should not have a criminal history. You can get more information at New Zealand eTA Application Form Guide.

After Chilean citizens pay the New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) fees, their eTA application processing commences. NZ eTA is delivered to Chilean citizens via email. In very rare circumstance if any additional documentation is required, the the applicant will be contact prior to approval of New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) for Chilean citizens.

New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) requirements for Chilean citizens

The New Zealand eTA requirements from citizens of Chile are minimal and simple. Following are essential:

  • Valid Chilean Passport - To enter New Zealand, Chilean citizens will require a valid Passport. Ensure that your Passport is valid for at least 3 months past the date of departure from New Zealand.
  • An online method of payment - Applicants will also require a valid Credit or Debit card to pay the New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA). The fee for New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) for Chilean citizens covers eTA fee and IVL (International Visitor Levy) fee.
  • A working email address - Chilean citizens are also required to provide a valid email address, to receive the NZeTA in their inbox. It will be your responsibility to carefully double-check all the data entered so there are no issues with the New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA), otherwise you may have to apply for another NZ eTA.
  • A face photograph of the applicant - Last requirement is to have a recently taken clear face-photograph in passport-style. You are required to upload the face-photograph as part of New Zealand eTA application process. If you are unable to upload for some reason, you can email helpdesk your photo.
Australian Permanent Residents are exempt from paying IVL (International Visitor Levy) fee.
Chilean citizens who have a passport of an additional nationality need to make sure they apply with the same passport they travel with, as the New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) will be directly associated with the passport that was mentioned at the time of application.

How long can Chilean citizen stay on New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA)?

Chilean citizen's departure date must be within 3 months of arrival. Additionally, Chilean citizen can visit only for 6 months in a 12 month period on an NZ eTA.

How long can a Chilean citizen stay in New Zealand on a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA)?

Chilean passport holders are required to obtain a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) even for a short duration of 1 day up to 90 days. If the Chilean citizens intend to stay for a longer duration, then they should apply for a relevant Visa depending on their circumstances.

Travel to New Zealand from Chile

Upon receiving the New Zealand Visa for Chilean citizens, travelers will be able to either present an electronic or paper copy to present to New Zealand border and immigration.

Can Chilean citizens enter multiple times on New Zealand Electronic Travel Authorization (NZeTA)?

New Zealand Visa for Chilean citizens is valid for multiple entries during the period of its validity. Chilean citizens can enter multiple times during the two year validity of the NZ eTA.

Which activies are not allowed for Chilean citizens on New Zealand eTA?

New Zealand eTA is a lot easier to apply compared to New Zealand Visitor Visa. The process can be completed entirely online in a matter of few minutes. New Zealand eTA can be used for visits of up to 90 days for tourism, transit and business trips.

Some of the activites not covered by New Zealand are listed below, in which case you should instead apply for New Zealand Visa.

  • Visiting New Zealand for Medical treatment
  • Work - you intent to join New Zealand labour market
  • Study
  • Residence - you want to become a New Zealand resident
  • Long-term stays of more than 3 months.

Are you confused with the terms: VISA, E-VISA, and ETA?

Travelers often get confused with Visa, E-Visa and ETA. Most travelers when they see E-Visa find it difficult to rely on, and that applying for an E-Visa might lead to some error and delay in getting permissions.

You might think, E-Visa and ETA are similar, but they are actually not. So when you want to visit New Zealand, you have two visa options to apply: E-Visa and ETA.

What is an ETA?

The ETA is not a visa, but it fulfills all the travel purpose of a visa, it allows you to stay in the country for 3 months that is up to 90 days.

If you want to apply for ETA, it is easy, you need to simply visit the NZeTA website and fill the form online, once done pay the fees and wait for approval. For NZeTA approval you have to wait for around 3 days, which is around 72 hours.

What about E-visa?

The E-Visa is more complicated than ETA. The E-Visa has rules like the ETA, but it is quite different, you have to apply on the country's own official site, it is a government document and takes more time. Also, once you have submitted your application, you cannot make any changes, so make sure to check everything before you click the submit button.

What about traditional visas?

The traditional visas need a lot of paperwork and you need to physically visit the embassy with all your documents to verify. Even if you apply for the speedy traditional visa option, it still takes time.

Every visa has its own time limit. Remember ETA has many restrictions like you cannot travel for medical treatment, which is not present in traditional visas.

Click here to gets answers to more Frequently Asked Questions about NZeTA

Activities for Chilean Citizens

  • Marvel at Cathedral Cove Marine Reserve
  • Lounge on the beach in at the Bay of Plenty
  • Go back in time to the East Cape
  • Hot Water Beach, Mercury Bay
  • Go skydiving over Lake Taupo
  • Ride the rapids of the Tongariro River
  • Sample Wellington’s craft beer scene
  • Take the Weta Workshop Tour, Wellington
  • Go kiwi spotting on Stewart Island
  • Hit the rails on the TranzAlpine
  • Get wild at Auckland Zoo

Embassy of Chile in Wellington, New Zealand



19 Bolton Street, Wellington 6011, PO Box 3861, Wellington 6140





Please apply for a New Zealand eTA 72 hours in advance of your flight.