New Zealand Visa from Portugal

New Zealand Visa for Portuguese Citizens

New Zealand Visa from Portugal
Updated on May 04, 2024 | Online New Zealand Visa

New Zealand Visa from Portugal

New Zealand eTA Eligibility

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

Other New Zealand eTA Requirements

  • A Portugal-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 Portugal?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Portuguese 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 Portuguese 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 Portugal

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

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

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

Which activies are not allowed for Portuguese 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

You have dual citizenship, so which passport should you use to apply for the NZeTA?

With dual citizenship, use the passport of the country you have that supports the visa-waiver policy, so that you are eligible to apply for NZeTA. And as the passport will be linked with NZeTA, use only the passport linked.

A traveler has a criminal record, is he still allowed to apply for the NZeTA?

With the criminal record, you can apply for NZeTA, however, your approval will depend on the type of crime you have committed. It completely depends on the visa committee.

What is NZeTA, how does it benefit?

The NZeTA is an electronic visa tied to the passport, it has a validation limit up to two years. Travelers from visa waiver countries can enjoy the benefits of going to New Zealand with the eTA.

Difference between the three- VISA, E-VISA, and ETA

Visas can be of different types like work, study, tourist, etc, it requires several steps and procedures to get a visa and you might need to visit the embassy.

E-VISA is valid for 30-60 days, it is a single entry visa and it depends upon your nationality and the reason for visiting.

eTA is valid for two years, and can enjoy multiple entries, people belonging from visa-waiver countries can apply for it.

Does everyone of the travelers need to get the New Zealand eTA?

Except Australian citizens, every traveler coming to New Zealand from a visa-waiver country needs to get the New Zealand eTA.

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

11 Things To Do and Places of Interest for Portuguese Citizens

  • Heat things up in Rotorua
  • Go sailing around the Bay of Islands
  • Marvel at Cathedral Cove Marine Reserve
  • Have a picnic at Whangarei Falls
  • Eat second breakfast in Hobbiton
  • Lounge on the beach in at the Bay of Plenty
  • Escape to the Coromandel Peninsula
  • Reach the summit of the Pinnacles
  • Go back in time to the East Cape
  • Island-hop around the Hauraki Gulf
  • Meet one of the world’s most violent supervolcanoes, Taupo

Portugal Consulate in Wellington



Suite 1, 1st Fr, 21 Marion Street PO Box 1024 Wellington Wellington New Zealand





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