New Zealand Visa Application Process for Israeli Citizens

Updated on May 07, 2023 | New Zealand eTA

New Zealand visa waiver or ETA New Zealand Visa is an electronic visa application process which lets you visit New Zealand for a period of 90 days at a time at multiple points.  This article aims to help clear all the questions regarding ETA New Zealand Visa application process for Israeli Citizens wanting to visit New Zealand.

If you are a visitor travelling to New Zealand for tourism or business-related visit then you have the option of entering the country without needing to go through the complex traditional visa application process. 

A multiple entry authorization, a ETA New Zealand Visa is simply allows you to travel anywhere within New Zealand without a traditional visa. 

Citizens belonging to 60 nationalities are eligible for ETA New Zealand Visa and if you plan to travel to New Zealand from Israel then you are also eligible to apply for an eTA to travel to New Zealand. 

In case you are travelling from some other country, you must check your country's eligibility for ETA New Zealand Visa before entering New Zealand.

If you are planning a short tour or business-related trip to New Zealand then read along to know more about this quick and easy visa application process.

New Zealand Visa (NZeTA)

New Zealand Visa Application Form now allows visitors from all nationalities to obtain New Zealand eTA (NZETA) by email without visiting New Zealand Embassy. Government of New Zealand now officially recommends New Zealand Visa or New Zealand ETA online rather than sending paper documents. You can obtain NZETA by filling out a form in under three minutes on this website. The only requirement is to have a Debit or Credit Card and email id. You do not need to send your passport for Visa stamping. If you are arriving to New Zealand by the Cruise Ship route, you should check the New Zealand ETA eligibility conditions for Cruise Ship arrival to New Zealand.

ETA New Zealand Visa for Israeli Citizens

Citizens of all 60 nationalised eligible for eTA New Zealand can apply for a ETA New Zealand Visa to visit the country. 

Since October 2019 l, eTA has been made a mandatory requirement for entry to New Zealand in case of citizens from New Zealand visa waiver countries. 

As a citizen from a visa waiver country, your eTA will be checked by the officials at the checkpoint. 

ETA New Zealand Visa application process is a simple online visa application procedure in comparison to a traditional visa application process. You can apply for eTA to visit New Zealand in an all online format in just within 10 minutes. 

As an Israeli citizen travelling to New Zealand with ETA New Zealand Visa, you will be checked at the border or point of arrival in New Zealand where you will have to present certain documents along with your eTA.

Convenience at the border is one of the main features of travelling with ETA New Zealand Visa and one of the major reasons for visiting other countries with ETA New Zealand Visa for the purpose of tourism or business. 

However, ETA New Zealand Visa is only a travel authorization to visit New Zealand for a certain period of time while the final decision to let a visitor enter the country rests upon the security officials at the point of arrival. 

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Visit These Wonderful Cities of New Zealand

Queenstown: Thrill and Beauty 

Known as the adventure capital of the world, there are various breathtaking sceneries to witness in this city of New Zealand besides the thrilling adventure sports which mostly attracts travellers from all parts of the world. 

Settled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu the resort town is often among the top preferred places in New Zealand.  

Auckland: Vibrant City on the shores of Tasman Sea and the Pacific

Based on the side of the Pacific Sea, you will find an extraordinary skyline in this city. 

Auckland is best known for waterfront restaurants, Maori culture, and outstanding natural environment. Auckland is also connected through direct flights to many major cities around the world. 

Wellington: To South of the World 

The southernmost capital of the world, Wellington sits on the North Island of New Zealand. 

As rare as it may sound, Wellington is also known for its great coffee and coffee houses spread in various parts of the city. 

As a foreign Traveller you must include the capital city of New Zealand in your travel list to see its vibrant urban life, colourful timber houses, sandy beaches and much more. 

Christchurch: Unreal and Unending Landscapes

Christchurch is located on the South Island of New Zealand and is the largest city in the region. 

If you are looking for a glimpse of perfection, then you would love the sight of the acclaimed Canterbury Plains, where the unending pastoral land meets the Southern Alps and Pacific. 

The region is located south of the city of Christchurch and an aerial view is the best way to fully sink in the perfect agricultural landscapes of this place. Canterbury Plains are also New Zealand's largest flat land area. 

Settled in the 1850's , based on its architecture, Christchurch is also noted as the most English city of New Zealand. 

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Rotorua: Volcanic Plains, Movie Sets and Maori Villages

Settled on New Zealand's North Island, Rotorua is a gem of a place known for geothermal pools, rare geographical formations, and traditional Maori villages which attracts the tourists from all over the world. 

Whakarewarewa Valley is known for its mud pools and many active geysers. For a more magical experience, visit the Waitomo Glowworm caves and Hobbiton movie sets, which are best planned as day tours from Rotorua. 

Rotorua is among the top preferences for foreign tourists and why not, as without visiting the major attractions around this city any trip to New Zealand would seem incomplete. 

Documents Needed for ETA New Zealand Visa Application

Applying for ETA New Zealand Visa is an easy application process. All you need is a few minutes to fill the eTA application form. 

The eTA application form is a quick application process but you must know the accurate list of documents which are needed to fill the ETA New Zealand Visa application. 

As an Israeli citizen travelling to New Zealand you must need the following documents to fill ETA New Zealand Visa application form: 

  • A valid passport of Israel with expiry extending upto 3 months from the date departure from New Zealand. If you are an Israeli passport holder with Australian citizenship then you can travel with your Australian passport without needing to apply for ETA New Zealand Visa. Australian citizens are automatically granted residency status on arrival to New Zealand. 
  • A valid email address where all your information regarding eTA application processing and other details will be conveyed by e-visa issuing authority. 
  • You must keep checking your email so that in case any correction is needed in your application form you could be contacted through officials. 
  • Applicants will need to pay through a debit or credit card. At the payments sections an applicant for ETA New Zealand Visa is charged the basic application fee as well as the IVL payment. 

Do I Have to Pay IVL or International Visitor Conservation & Tourism Levy? 

The IVL fee or International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy is a basic fee that is charged for online eTA for New Zealand. 

IVL is aimed to be directed towards the environment and infrastructure in New Zealand. All applicants for ETA New Zealand Visa are required to pay an IVL fee while applying for ETA New Zealand Visa. 

IVL acts as a contribution from International travellers towards protecting the natural environment and boosting sustainable tourism in New Zealand. 

You can know more about IVL as a tax for international travellers including all Israeli citizens wanting to enter New Zealand. 

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From the 1st October 2019, visitors from Visa Free countries also known as Visa Waiver countries must apply on https://www.newzealand-visa.org for an online electronic Travel authorisation in the form of New Zealand Visitor Visa. Learn about New Zealand Tourist Visa information for all Visitors seeking short term travel to New Zealand.

Requirements for Family/Group ETA New Zealand Visa 

In case you are planning to travel to New Zealand with your family, you must ensure the following before leaving from Israel: 

  • Each family member must have an approved ETA New Zealand Visa application to be presented at the point of arrival in New Zealand. 
  • You can apply for ETA New Zealand Visa on behalf of other members of your family following the respective instructions on the application form. 

For transit passengers travelling from Israel via New Zealand, you must know the following information before travelling:

  • All transit passengers from Israel must travel with ETA New Zealand Visa if transiting from New Zealand. 
  • Israeli citizens transiting from New Zealand will not be charged IVL while paying for their ETA New Zealand Visa application. 

To know more about Transit ETA New Zealand Visa and eligibility for transiting through New Zealand you can visit this page

How to Start ETA New Zealand Visa Application Process? 

To visit New Zealand with an eTA instead of a traditional visa is a simple and quick application process. 

However, you must keep the certain documents ready before filling your ETA New Zealand Visa application form. 

ETA New Zealand Visa application process asks the following basic information to all applicants: 

  • Valid information form applicant's passport like expiry date, nationality of passport holder, passport number. 
  • Personal information of the applicant like phone number, name and date of birth. 
  • Other travel related information of the applicant like duration of stay in New Zealand, place of stay or hotel/accommodation, date of departure, etc. 
  • Security related information which includes disclosure of any past criminal records. 

Applying for electronic travel authorization for New Zealand is a simple and easy process requiring only a few minutes of applicant's time. 

To avoid any delays in processing of your eTA application, make sure to double check all the answers provided in the application form. 

Transit with ETA New Zealand Visa for Israeli Citizens 

If you are not specifically travelling to New Zealand but only transiting to a third country via New Zealand, then transit ETA New Zealand Visa would be the document that all passengers would need to present while in New Zealand. 

As a transit passenger, your transit ETA New Zealand Visa would allow you to stay either within the transit area of Auckland International Airport or on the aircraft upto a period of 24 hours. 

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For short stays, vacations, or professional visitor activities, New Zealand now has a new entrance requirement known as the eTA New Zealand Visa. All non-citizens must possess a current visa or digital travel authorization to enter New Zealand. Apply For NZ eTA with the Online New Zealand Visa Application.

When Should I Apply for ETA New Zealand Visa from Israel? 

ETA New Zealand Visa application process takes only 1 business day to process. In order to avoid any last minute delays, make sure to apply for eTA at least 3 business days in advance from your intended date of departure from Israel. 

You will not need to visit any office to receive your eTA for New Zealand. All applicants will be emailed their ETA New Zealand Visa on the email address provided in the application form. 

It is best to get the print of your eTA to be presented to border officials at the point of arrival. 

At the point of arrival in New Zealand, Canadian citizens travelling with ETA New Zealand Visa need to present their passport to the officials. 

Make sure that the same passport that is filled in the ETA New Zealand Visa application is provided to the officials at the port. 

Israel to New Zealand: How to Reach? 

You can either plan to travel to New Zealand via air or sea route depending on the time and desired convenience of your journey. 

Travelling by flight is the easiest and fastest way to reach from Israel to New Zealand and most people choose to cover the distance by air. 

Many major international airports in Israel are in Tel Aviv, Haifa, Eilat, and are connected via direct flights to cities like Auckland, Christchurch and Hamilton. 

Although less popular, travelling by cruise ship is also one of the ways of completing the journey from Israel to New Zealand.

For passengers arriving at New Zealand by cruise, presenting either ETA New Zealand Visa or a visa to officials at time of arrival is a mandatory requirement, which is later verified to allow entry.  

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Ensure that you have checked the eligibility for your New Zealand eTA. If you are from a Visa Waiver country then you can apply for an eTA regardless of the mode of travel (Air / Cruise). United States citizens, European citizens, Hong Kong citizens, and United Kingdom citizens can apply online for New Zealand eTA. United Kingdom residents can stay on New Zealand eTA for 6 months while others for 90 days.

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