New Zealand Visa from Saudi-Arabia

New Zealand Visa for Saudi Citizens

New Zealand Visa from Saudi-Arabia
Updated on Jul 17, 2024 | Online New Zealand Visa

New Zealand Visa from Saudi-Arabia

New Zealand eTA Eligibility

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

Other New Zealand eTA Requirements

  • A Saudi Arabia-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 Saudi Arabia?

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

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

A New Zealand Visa from Saudi Arabia is not optional, but a mandatory requirement for all Saudi Arabian 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 Saudi Arabia?

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

New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) requirements for Saudi Arabian citizens

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

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

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

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

Saudi Arabian 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 Saudi Arabian 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 Saudi Arabia

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

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

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

Which activies are not allowed for Saudi Arabian 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

Do I have the right to use NZeTA for business or employment purposes?

You cannot use the NZeTA for business related to earning incomes or employment purposes, you will have to apply for a different visa for such cases.

A traveler with a criminal record in the past, can he still apply for NZeTA?

Those with criminal records or have committed a crime can apply for NZeTA, but his approval will depend on the nature of crime committed. Check with the immigration officials for better clarification.

With NZeTA, am I eligible to attend events or festivals in NZeTA?

With NZeTA, you can attend events and festivals, it comes under tourism. But make sure to provide relevant documents regarding the same.

Do children also have to apply for NZeTA?

Children including infants have to apply for NZeTA. Every family member traveling should have their own NZeTA.

I have a diplomatic or official passport, can I still apply for NZeTA?

Travelers with diplomatic or official passports are eligible to apply for NZeTA, but it should match with the terms and conditions of NZeTA, as diplomatic travel differs. With NZeTA you cannot travel for diplomatic work.

My whole group is traveling with me, can I apply for NZeTA for the whole group?

You can apply for NZeTA for the whole group, but make sure to fill the passport details of each and every traveler correctly, as the passport is linked to the NZeTA. Every visitor should have their own NZeTA.

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

Things To Do and Places of Interest for Saudi Arabian Citizens

  • Get wild at Auckland Zoo
  • Power to the Pedal, Electric bike tour in Auckland
  • Drive Highway 80 into Mount Cook National Park
  • Trike around Dunedin
  • Swim With the Dolphins, Christchurch
  • Hop on an Aucky Walky tour, Auckland
  • Heat things up in Rotorua
  • Have a picnic at Whangarei Falls
  • Escape to the Coromandel Peninsula
  • Island-hop around the Hauraki Gulf
  • Fall for Huka Falls

Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Wellington, New Zealand



125 The Terrace, Level 20 Wellington 6011 New Zealand





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