Border changes

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

Information on each consultation can be found via the links below.

The consultation period is now closed.

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.

Government is proposing a levy so that international visitors are contributing to the tourism infrastructure they use and helping conserve the natural environment they enjoy.

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

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

The Government will now consider submissions on the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy proposal and final policy decisions will be announced in due course.

Electronic Travel Authority

The Government is proposing to introduce an Electronic Travel Authority facility for some groups of travellers. It is a new security and facilitation measure that, if it is introduced, 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 would cause minimal disruption to travellers and enable a more efficient provision of services at the border.

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

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 Government will now consider submissions on the proposal to introduce an Electronic Travel Authority and final policy decisions will be announced in due course.

Immigration Fees and Levies Review

Immigration fees and levies help meet the cost of providing services and managing risks related to immigration.

Fees are reviewed regularly to ensure they reflect the actual cost of delivering immigration services, with the last review taking place in 2015. As more people come to New Zealand and the risks associated with immigration become more complex, it’s time to take another look.

The Government sought public and industry views on the Immigration Fees and Levies Review from 15 June to 22 July.
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 Government will now consider submissions on the Immigration Fees and Levies Review and final policy decisions will be announced in due course.