This article was first published in April 2019.
Following the lead of the European Union, New Zealand is introducing new travel authorization requirements of their own for foreign travellers looking to visit their gorgeous country. As of October 1st, 2019, travellers from 60 visa waiver countries and all cruise travellers will be required to obtain additional documentation to enter New Zealand.
The mandatory measure is called the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). New Zealand Immigration describes the ETA as a "new security and facilitation measure that will help to speed things up at the border", "reduce immigration risks" and "improve the traveller experience".
The ETA is valid for two years only. Mobile application requests cost about $8.32 CAD, and about $11.10 CAD for web browser requests. Airline and cruise line crew members will require a separate Crew ETA for $8.32 CAD, which lasts 5 years.
It's important to note, though, that the ETA is not a visa. Canadians can still travel to New Zealand for three months or less without a visa. Alongside the ETA, visa country travellers will also be required to obtain the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) for roughly $32.36 CAD. The IVL expires at the same time as the ETA.
According to New Zealand Immigration, "passengers from a visa waiver country or a transit visa waiver country, who are transiting through New Zealand, are also required to hold an ETA from 1 October 2019, even if New Zealand is not their final destination." To find out more about the ETA and IVL, click here.
Just weeks ago, the European Union announced the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS), a travel authorization measure that Canadians will be required to apply for as of 2021. The ETIAS is a similar initiative that improves safety and tracks potential risks. The application costs 7 Euros, or roughly $10.55 CAD. All visa country travellers, including minors, will require ETIAS authorization as of January 2021.
Meanwhile, Brazil has taken opposite measures in order to boost tourism in the country. The Brazil government announced last week that Canadians will no longer need a visa to travel there. Brazil has decided to cancel their visa requirements for tourists coming from Canada, the US, Japan and Australia. Though, the Canadian government continues to warn residents to "exercise a high degree of caution" while travelling in Brazil, as tourists are primary targets of theft-related crimes there.