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IVL tax: Why pay an environmental tax to enter New Zealand?

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Since July this year, tourists wishing to visit New Zealand have been required to pay an environmental tourism levy (known as the IVL). This measure does not apply to New Zealand Working Holiday holders. How do I pay this tax?

Environmental tax: definition

From 1 October 2019, the New Zealand government has introduced an entry tax for tourists. You'll need to plan an extra budget for your holiday (including the cost of the NZeTA where applicable). The main purpose of this tax is to help finance environmental protection and the various infrastructures that tourists enjoy when they visit the country. The tax was introduced because, according to one study, tourism is responsible for 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
The IVL (International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy) costs around 35 New Zealand dollars (19 €). This amount is added to the NZeTA. The fee is valid for a maximum of two years.

What are the changes to visas?

This also changes things when it comes to visas. Until recently, nationals of several European countries, including France, could apply for a free visa or simply be exempted from the visa requirement, but this is no longer the case. They will have to apply for an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authorization) to be allowed to enter New Zealand. The application for this authorisation must be made online or via a free application that you can download onto your smartphone. It costs around NZ$17 (9 €) from the application or NZ$23 (13 €) from the Internet).

Some people are exempt from paying this tax. This applies to New Zealanders, of course, but also to people with resident status, Australians, people with the nationality of certain Pacific islands, as well as anyone with a diplomatic visa, members of the military, people on medical leave or humanitarian aid workers.

Travellers in transit through airports or passengers on a cruise calling at a New Zealand port are also required to have a travel authorisation (known as a NZETA) and therefore to pay the ecological tax. New Zealand's PVT travellers are also affected by the NZeTA.

The NZETA application is made online and you will be asked to fill in information about your passport and your forthcoming trip. You must upload a copy of your passport and a recent passport photo online. You will then receive confirmation from NZETA by email within 72 hours.

Don't forget to print it!