Documents Required to Obtain ETIAS for New Zealand Citizens
By 2021, New Zealand passport holders wishing to travel to Europe will need to apply for the European Travel Information and Authorization System, or ETIAS, which is a visa waiver program designed with safety and security in mind. The ETIAS will be a short application, completed entirely online, that will precheck the data of citizens from 60 countries around the world (including New Zealand) to make sure they are eligible to enter the Schengen Area.
Upon approval of the ETIAS and entry into the Schengen Area, travelers from New Zealand will be able to enjoy unrestricted movement within the Schengen Area thanks to its borderless system. The validity of the ETIAS will be for 90 days within a period of 180 days. During that time period, travelers will not have to reapply for an ETIAS should they leave the Schengen Area and wish to re-enter within the original time frame. In other words, should a traveler enter Spain for a period of thirty days and visit Morocco for an additional thirty days, upon re-entry into Spain, they would be required to present their original ETIAS.
The ETIAS waiver will be completed entirely online. This means that New Zealand passport holders will not have to visit a consulate or embassy and will be able to apply for entry into the Schengen Area from anywhere in the world, not even needing to be in their own country.
ETIAS Requirements for New Zealand Citizens
New Zealand citizens are eligible to apply for the ETIAS waiver to the Schengen Area. Below, ETIAS applicants can find a list of requirements that each traveler must have:
- A valid passport either from New Zealand or another ETIAS approved country. The passport must have a minimum of three months (90 days) validity remaining from the date of arrival.
- A credit or debit card, which will be used to pay the ETIAS application fee
- An active email address so that the decision on whether the waiver has been granted or not can be communicated
It is important to remember that each traveler must complete the ETIAS application form accurately and truthfully or run the risk of having their application delayed or denied.
The ETIAS Application Process for New Zealand Citizens
In addition to paying the ETIAS application fee by credit or debit card, New Zealand nationals applying for the ETIAS waiver will need to provide the following information:
- Personal information that will include the traveler’s full name, their date of birth, their place of birth, and their gender.
- Contact details including their current residence, email address, and phone number.
- Passport details including the passport number and country of issue, the date of issue, and the date of expiration.
- Travel plans regarding which country they will enter and which other countries they intend on visiting.
In addition to the information mentioned above, travelers may also be required to provide answers to questions dealing with their criminal record and health.
If the ETIAS application is accepted, the applicant will receive an email. That email must be printed out and taken with them while they are traveling to the Schengen Area. Transit authorities in their port of departure may ask to verify that each passenger is eligible to enter Europe, and border authorities will ask to see the physical copy of the ETIAS before a final decision regarding entry is made.
While European authorities anticipate an acceptance rate of around 95%, the possibility remains of a denied application. In the event of a denial, an explanation for the rejection will be sent via email, and the traveler will have the right to appeal the decision. Appeals and final decisions will be made directly to the individual Schengen member-country that the traveler stated they intended to enter first. The appeals will be managed according to the laws of that country.
Why the Need for ETIAS?
Although it may seem to citizens of counties where a visa is not currently needed to visit Europe that the ETIAS is an unnecessary burden, the European Commission believes that it will make for a far more efficient and secure Europe. The decision for the implementation of the program was made in 2016 following the rise in terrorist attacks on the continent. Authorities believe that the ETIAS will make Europe safer, not just for its citizens, but for those who wish to visit the continent as well.