International visitor levy consultation launched
On: 15 June 2018
The government is proposing an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy to ensure our international visitors contribute to the infrastructure they use and help protect the natural places they enjoy.
Key aspects of the proposal include:
- Most international visitors entering New Zealand for 12 months or less will be charged a levy of $25 to $35.
- There will be some exemptions, most notably Australian citizens and permanent residents and people from most Pacific Islands Forum countries.
- The levy will be collected through visa fees and via the proposed Electronic Travel Authority process, also under consultation, for citizens of visa waiver countries.
- The levy will collect around $57-80 million annually, which will be split between tourism infrastructure and conservation activity.
As the proposed levy will need to go through a legislative process, it will likely be implemented in the second half of 2019.
Consultation on the proposal is open until 15 July 2018. The consultation period is aligned with those of the Immigration Fees and Levies Review and the Electronic Travel Authority, acknowledging the cumulative impact these proposed changes would have on some travellers to New Zealand.