New Zealand Visa from Germany

New Zealand Visa for German Citizens

New Zealand Visa from Germany
Updated on Jun 23, 2024 | Online New Zealand Visa

New Zealand Visa from Germany

New Zealand eTA Eligibility

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

Other New Zealand eTA Requirements

  • A Germany-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 Germany?

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

German 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 Germany, under the visa waiver program that commenced in the years 2019. Since July 2019, German citizens require an eTA for New Zealand.

A New Zealand Visa from Germany is not optional, but a mandatory requirement for all German 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 Germany?

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

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

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

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

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

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

German 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 German 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 Germany

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

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

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

Which activies are not allowed for German 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

Will I get my NZeTA, it needs extra reviewing or processing?

More reviewing means that your application is undergoing further checking, your details are checked more diligently. If such issues happen don't worry, wait patiently till the decision of the immigration authorities are finalized.

With the NZeTA, can I visit my friends and family?

With the NZeTA, you have the liberty to meet your friends and family, just don't extend your stay beyond the time frame.

If you have had a visa rejection in the past,or if you have been declined entry to another nation, are you still eligible to apply for NZeTA?

It may impact the decision of NZeTA to some extent, however you have the right to apply. Your entry will solely be decided based upon your reason for rejections and the documents you have provided as proof. The decision depends on the immigration officials.

I have received my NZeTA application feedback and it's confusing. What to do?

Visit the immigration of New Zealand official site or contact the customer support, otherwise you can visit the immigration of New Zealand office, let the officials clarify you. At all times, keep the exchange mails regarding the NZeTA, do not delete it.

I have a past criminal record, am I still eligible to apply for NZeTA?

Even with a past criminal record you are still eligible to apply for NZeTA. However, your application status will depend on the nature of the crime you have committed and the documents you provide as proof.

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

Things To Do and Places of Interest for German Citizens

  • Remarkable zip-lining in the Remarkables, Queenstown
  • Go On a Scenic Helicopter flight Over Milford Sound
  • Admire the coast from Castlepoint lighthouse
  • Get your Heard Pumpint with AJ Hackett, Queenstown
  • Taste a tipple in Hawke’s Bay
  • Walk the Paths of the Dead, The Putangirua Pinnacles
  • Hire a campervan
  • Photograph Lake Wanaka’s single tree
  • Try the Skyswing in Rotorua
  • See all of Wellington from Mt Victoria Lookout
  • Rollerblade along Wellington’s waterfront

Germany Embassy in Wellington



90-92 Hobson Str, Thorndon PO Box 1687 6140 Wellington New Zealand





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