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ESTA USA – ESTA VISA APPLICATION FORM FOR CITIZENS OF NEW ZEALAND

The Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA USA) is an online system. Citizens of countries that participate in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) can apply online for a travel authorisation to visit the US for up to 90 days, for tourism, business, medical, or short-term study purposes, without a visa. Some travelers also refer to this travel document as an ESTA visa.

New Zealand has strong ties with the United States, as they have maintained a consular presence in New Zealand since 1838. The country joined the VWP in 1991 together with many European countries, making it easier for New Zealand nationals to travel to the USA. New Zealand was the first country to join the visa-free program from Oceania. ESTA was established in 2009, as an added requirement for travellers from countries in the VWP. Using ESTA USA is a faster and easier way to obtain authorisation to enter the US. From October 2013 - September 2014, 290,241 New Zealand nationals travelled to the USA under the the Visa Waiver Program.

New Zealand passport holders who intend to visit the United States, may complete the ESTA visa application online, at least seventy-two (72) hours prior to departure. Certain requirements must be met. Successful applications are valid for two (2) years. Also, citizens of New Zealand who travel to the USA using the VWP must fly with a signatory carrier. Air New Zealand, for example, is a signatory member.

If any ESTA applications are rejected, citizens of New Zealand may apply for a B1 or B2 tourist visa at the US Embassy in Wellington, New Zealand.


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Signatory Carriers for travelling to US using the VWP


Airlines

Well-known airlines that fly to the USA from New Zealand:

  • Air New Zealand
  • Qantas Airways
  • United Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Asiana Airlines
  • Emirates Airlines
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Sun Air Jets, LLC

Cruise

Cruise lines:

  • Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
  • Holland America Line
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Princess Cruises
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Silversea Cruises
  • Carnival Corporation & plc (formerly known as “Carnival Cruise Line”)

More Information


The US Embassy and Consulate in New Zealand:

  • The US Embassy in New Zealand is located in Wellington, and the US Consulate is located in Auckland.
  • Website: https://nz.usembassy.gov/
  • The American embassy in New Zealand offer services for both American and New Zealand citizens.
  • Applicants for consular services must make payments in Singapore currency or by credit card. The US Embassy in Singapore does not accept U.S. currency. Charges on credit cards will be made in $US.
  • Visa interviews are held at an appointment basis only, at the US Embassy in Singapore.

New Zealand passports:

  • All New Zealand passports have to be machine-readable to use the ESTA system (e-passport), and it is recommended that the passport is valid for at least six months prior to visiting USA. Citizens of countries listed on the Six Month Club are exempt from the six month rule.

 

 VWC  

Visa Waiver Countries

Andorra
Hungary
Iceland
Portugal
Austria
Ireland
San Marino
Belgium
Italy
Brunei
Slovakia
Chile
Latvia
Slovenia
Czech Republic
Liechtenstein
South Korea
Denmark
Lithuania
Estonia
Luxembourg
Finland
Malta
Switzerland
Monaco
Taiwan
Netherlands
United Kingdom
Greece