New Zealand raises visa fees

On July 31, New Zealand plans to fully reopen its borders; Good news for travellers. However, the Kiwi government also announced, in a press release published on the New Zealand immigration website, “an increase in immigration fees and taxes for most visa applications”, applicable from the same date.

The average increase is around $81 although “prices are still competitive with other comparable countries, and the prices of some visas have been subsidized by the government, in particular to recognize the special bond between New Zealand and its Pacific neighbours,” the government said.

Fees for NZeTA, an electronic travel authorization that makes traveling to New Zealand easier, will also increase. Reserved for tourists and business travelers from 60 countries, including France, the NZeTA allows you to be exempt from visas. Fees will increase from NZ$12 to NZ$23 for a request made on the internet, and from NZ$9 to NZ$17 for a request submitted from the NZeTA application. To these amounts is added the IVL (International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy) environmental tax of NZ$35.

To view the full fee schedule for the new visa fees: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/documents/media/changes-to-fee-and-levy-rates-2022.pdf

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