New Zealand Visa from Switzerland

New Zealand Visa for Swiss Citizens

New Zealand Visa from Switzerland
Updated on May 03, 2024 | New Zealand eTA

New Zealand eTA for Swiss citizens

New Zealand eTA Eligibility

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

Other New Zealand eTA Requirements

  • A Switzerland-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 Switzerland?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Swiss 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 Swiss 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 Switzerland

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

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

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

Which activies are not allowed for Swiss 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


11 Things To Do and Places of Interest for Swiss Citizens

  • Go sailing around the Bay of Islands
  • Have a picnic at Whangarei Falls
  • Lounge on the beach in at the Bay of Plenty
  • Reach the summit of the Pinnacles
  • Island-hop around the Hauraki Gulf
  • Hot Water Beach, Mercury Bay
  • Go canyoning in Auckland
  • Play Frisbee Golf In The Queenstown Gardens
  • Ride the rapids of the Tongariro River
  • Climb the Franz Josef Glacier
  • Spend an afternoon at Te Papa museum

Switzerland Embassy in Wellington

Address

Maritime Tower 10 Customhouse Quay, Level 12 P.O. Box 25004 6011 Wellington New Zealand

Phone

+64-4-472-1593

Fax

+64-4-499-6302

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