Important Travel Information – Please Read
If you are looking for advice & support for a short term visit (E-Visa, ESTA, Visa Waiver) from New Zealand to USA then you can start your pre-application on this site by clicking ‘Start Application‘. If you are looking for a longer term visa please select the relevant option on the form or call us for advice.
The Electronic System for Travel Authorization may be referred to as the following by the Airline you are traveling with:
- Visa Waiver
As a citizen of New Zealand, you are eligible to apply through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) which allows you to waive the requirement of a full visa. The ESTA is completely processed online, simply submit your application and receive a result within 24 hours.
If you are a foreigner living in New Zealand, you will require a B1/B2 visa which requires you to attend an in-person interview at the U.S. Embassy. As well as the waiting time for an appointment, you can expect a processing time of up to 7 business days.
With an ESTA visa waiver, you are permitted to travel to the United States from New Zealand for stays of up to 90 days at a time within any 180 day period. The travel authorization is valid for up to 2 years or until your passport expires, whichever occurs first.
You can travel to the USA for vacations / holidays or any other leisurely visit, such as visiting family / friends. You may also travel for business purposes such as attending meetings, negotiating contracts & informal training.
The visa waiver program, also known as an ESTA (Electronic System For Travel Authorization) is a online document that allows an individual to travel to America as a tourist without the need for a ‘full visa’.
The application is completed online and if you are approved the travel authorization is electronically linked to your passport. Citizens of New Zealand are eligible to apply for an ESTA.
You may visit the USA for up to 90 days at a time for up to 2 years or until your passport expires, whichever is first.
If you are making multiple applications, each member of your party must submit an individual application. Once you submit an application, it will go through our 8 point check to ensure there will be no issues with your authorization. Sometimes it can take up to 72 hours for an application to receive a determination but you will be kept up to date from the moment your application is submitted.
You will receive all updates via the email you provide on your application and our phone lines are open 9am-5pm (GMT+0) if you have any queries.
If nationals of New Zealand intend to visit the United States for tourism, business, or transit, they do not require a visa.
They must, however, have an ESTA travel authorisation, as required by the Visa Waiver Program.
Travelers can stay in the United States for up to 90 days with the ESTA. Its good for two years from the date of issue or until the travelers passport expires, whichever comes first (whichever happens first).
The ESTA is a multiple-entry authorization, which means tourists from New Zealand can enter and exit the United States as many times as they like within the time limit.
The ESTA is required for commercial flights or cruises into the United States.
Travelers must first complete all of the US ESTA visa waiver requirements for New Zealand citizens in order to apply for their ESTA. The following are some of the requirements:
- When entering the United States, the travelers New Zealand passport must be valid. We recommend that applicants keep their passport handy when filling out the ESTA application so that they can quickly refer to it when answering questions on the form.
- To pay the ESTA processing charge, the traveller must have a valid method of payment, such as a debit or credit card.
- During the application procedure, the traveller must give a valid email address. His or her authorised ESTA visa waiver will be sent to this address.
The visitor is now ready to apply for their US ESTA visa waiver once all of these requirements have been satisfied.
Obtaining a US ESTA for New Zealand nationals is an easy and quick process. Travelers will only need to provide personal information, answer a few questions, and pay the charge.
There are two sections to the ESTA application in the United States. The first section will require tourists to provide the following information:
- Information about the individual (such as first and last name, gender, and date and place of birth)
- Information on passports (including passport number, issue and expiration date, and nationality)
- Information about how to contact us (including a home address, phone number, and valid email address)
- Its very crucial to type your email address carefully because here is where your US ESTA will be sent once its been granted.
Following that, applicants must pay the ESTA processing fee using a valid credit or debit card.
A Visa is required for any foreign national wishing to enter the United States. It could be a non-immigrant visa for a short period of time or an immigrant visa for a long period of time. To enter the United States, Indians must get a non-immigrant visa.
Your approved ESTA will be emailed to the email address you provided on the application form and will be connected to your passport. As a result, it is advised that you supply an email address that you check on a frequent basis.
The majority of applicants receive their ESTA permission within two working days of submitting their application. Many applications will be approved within minutes after submission. The amount of time it takes to process an application can vary depending on the volume of applications and a variety of other factors.
We recommend printing out the authorised ESTA waiver before leaving for your vacation in case the airline personnel or a border control officer requests it.