New Zealand Visa from UAE

New Zealand Visa for Emirati Citizens

New Zealand Visa from UAE
Updated on Jul 17, 2024 | Online New Zealand Visa

New Zealand Visa from UAE

New Zealand eTA Eligibility

  • Emirati citizens can apply for an NZeTA
  • U.A.E was a launch member of the NZ eTA program
  • Emirati citizens enjoy fast entry using the NZ eTA program

Other New Zealand eTA Requirements

  • A U.A.E-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 U.A.E?

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

Emirati 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 U.A.E, under the visa waiver program that commenced in the years 2019. Since July 2019, Emirati citizens require an eTA for New Zealand.

A New Zealand Visa from U.A.E is not optional, but a mandatory requirement for all Emirati 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 U.A.E?

The eTA New Zealand Visa for Emirati 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 Emirati citizens pay the New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) fees, their eTA application processing commences. NZ eTA is delivered to Emirati 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 Emirati citizens.

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

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

  • Valid Emirati Passport - To enter New Zealand, Emirati 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 Emirati citizens covers eTA fee and IVL (International Visitor Levy) fee.
  • A working email address - Emirati 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.
Emirati 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 Emirati citizen stay on New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA)?

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

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

Emirati 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 Emirati 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 U.A.E

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

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

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

Which activies are not allowed for Emirati 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.

Frequently Asked Questions about NZeTA

Frequently Asked Questions

Do even infants need to have a New Zealand eTA (NZeTA)?

Yes, even infants need to have a New Zealand eTA (NZeTA). Even if they are coming with their parents, they need to have NZeTA

You are a dual citizen, can you apply for New Zealand eTA (NZeTA)?

Yes, dual citizens have the permission to apply, but they are allowed to use only one passport. It is because your visa approval mainly depends on one passport, and based on this passport you get the approval.

How many days before you have to apply for NZeTA?

Make sure to apply for 15 days before your departure. Since you will require certain documents, make sure to keep all the documents with you scanned while applying for it.

Is it possible to extend your NZeTA?

The maximum number of days that is allowed in NZeTA is 90 days. If you are hoping to stay in New Zealand past 90 days, you have to check out the other visa options available and apply for it.

Bringing your pet along with you, will your pet need New Zealand eTA (NZeTA)?

No, your pet doesn't need NZeTA, but New Zealand is strict about bringing animals from other countries, you have to follow a strict biosecurity check, and you have to mention it in your declaration form.

Is it necessary to provide where you will be staying while applying for NZeTA?

It is not necessary to provide proof as to where you will be staying, but you need to have accommodation planned in advance. In case they ask, you can provide them.

11 Things To Do and Places of Interest for Emirati Citizens

  • Admire the coast from Castlepoint lighthouse
  • Island-hop around the Hauraki Gulf
  • Try kite landboarding on Foxton Beach
  • Meet the wildlife in Zealandia wildlife sanctuary
  • Immerse yourself in Wellington’s coffee culture
  • Visit Auckland Museum
  • Hit the Christchurch markets
  • Clamber around Castle Hill
  • Visit The International Antarctic Centre
  • Search for gold in the Buller Region
  • Go kayaking underground in Waitomo

Embassy of UAE in Wellington, New Zealand



Level 7, 119 Featherston Street Wellington 6011 New Zealand





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