Border changes consultations

From 15 June to 22 July 2018 we consulted on several changes and proposals that will affect many international visitors travelling to New Zealand.

The Government has now considered submissions and final policy decisions have been announced.

Read a summary of government proposals for changes at the border [PDF, 1.6 MB]

International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy

The number of visitors to New Zealand has grown strongly over the past few years, and growth is expected to continue.

The Government has now announced a levy so that international visitors will be contributing directly to the tourism infrastructure they use and helping conserve the natural environment they enjoy.

We sought public and industry views on the proposed International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy from 15 June to 22 July.

Consultation on International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy

The consultation period 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.

Next steps

As the proposed levy will be required to go through a legislative process, it will likely be implemented in the second half of 2019.

Electronic Travel Authority

The Government is introducing an Electronic Travel Authority facility for some groups of travellers. It is a new security and facilitation measure that will help to speed things up at the border.

The Electronic Travel Authority aims to enhance security and reduce immigration, smuggling and biosecurity risks. It will cause minimal disruption to travellers and enable a more efficient provision of services at the border.

We sought public and industry views on the proposal to introduce an Electronic Travel Authority from 15 June to 22 July.

Consultation on Electronic Travel Authority

The consultation period aligned with those of the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy and the Immigration Fees and Levies Review, acknowledging the cumulative impact these proposed changes would have on some travellers to New Zealand.

Next steps

The Electronic Travel Authority will come into effect for travellers and crew in the second half of 2019.

Immigration Fees and Levies Review

The Government is increasing some immigration fees and levies so that enough money is collected to pay for the cost of providing services and managing risks related to immigration.

These costs have increased as more people come to New Zealand and the risks associated with immigration become more complex. Fees for some classes of visa will increase, while others will decrease. This is to ensure that the fees reflect the cost required to process the different kinds of visa.

Fees are reviewed regularly to ensure they reflect the actual cost of delivering immigration services, with the last review taking place in 2015.

We sought public and industry views on the Immigration Fees and Levies Review from 15 June to 22 July.

Consultation on Immigration Fees and Levies Review

The consultation period aligned with those of the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy and the proposal to introduce an Electronic Travel Authority, acknowledging the cumulative impact these proposed changes would have on some travellers to New Zealand.

Next steps

The new fee and levy rates will come into effect in November 2018. 

In this section

Electronic Travel Authority consultation

We consulted on the Government's proposal to introduce an Electronic Travel Authority facility for some groups of travellers. The consultation closed on 22 July 2018.

Immigration fees and levies review

We consulted on a review of immigration fees and levies. The consultation closed on 22 July 2018.