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 is implementing an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy to ensure our international visitors contribute to the infrastructure they use and help protect the natural environment they enjoy.

Key parts of the Levy include:

  • Most international visitors entering New Zealand for 12 months or less will be charged a levy of $35
  • There will be some exemptions, most notably Australian citizens and permanent residents and people from many Pacific Island countries, such as Tonga and Samoa
  • The levy will be collected through visa fees and via the proposed Electronic Travel Authority process, for citizens of visa waiver countries
  • The levy will collect around $80 million in its first year, which will be split 50:50 between tourism infrastructure and conservation activity

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

The Government will now work with conservation, local government and tourism industry stakeholders to decide the best ways to spend the Levy’s revenue.

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