From the year 2021, citizens of New Zealand who want to travel to Europe will be required to apply online for a ETIAS visa waiver. ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System) will be introduced to increase security and strengthen border control in the Schengen zone to protect the safety of Europeans and visitors.
EUROPE VISA WAIVER REQUIREMENTS FOR NEW ZEALAND CITIZENS
Up until 2021, citizens traveling to Europe from New Zealand for stays of up to 90 days do not need a visa. However, this will change in 2021, when an EU visa waiver for New Zealander citizens will be necessary.
From 2021, the only travel authorization requirements for New Zealand citizens traveling to Europe will be to have an ETIAS visa waiver and the accompanying passport.
The ETIAS visa waiver for New Zealanders will be available through an easy-to-use online application system. Those applying for the travel authorization need to have:
- A valid New Zealand passport with three months remaining (from the date of arrival)
- A debit or credit card to pay the ETIAS fee
- A current email address, needed to receive the approved ETIAS visa waiver
These are the basic ETIAS requirements for New Zealand citizens.
When traveling in Europe New Zealanders should always carry a valid ID.
EU VISA WAIVER FOR NEW ZEALANDER CITIZENS APPLICATION
The ETIAS visa waiver will be a legal requirement for New Zealanders entering the Schengen zone, as of 2021. The visa waiver can be easily obtained through applying online and completing the easy-to-follow online process.
New Zealanders will need to provide accurate passport details, along with their personal details (which include information about their health and travel plans).
The online ETIAS application for New Zealanders also includes security questions.
The last step of the travel authorization application process is payment, which is made using a credit or debit card.
TRAVELING FROM NEW ZEALAND TO EUROPE WITH ETIAS
The ETIAS visa waiver for New Zealanders is valid for three years and grants unlimited entries into the Schengen zone. ETIAS holders will be able to travel freely between countries in the Schengen Zone.
A new ETIAS visa waiver is needed if the passport expires.
The ETIAS will be obligatory for New Zealanders over the age of 18. Minors do not need to apply for an ETIAS to travel to the EU and don’t need to pay for a fee.
All the information given by the applicant is screened and checked against various security databases.