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Old Oct 2nd 2018, 10:02 am
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New Zealand is Introducing an Electronic Travel Authority, and an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy from next year.

https://www.immigration.govt.nz/abou...avel-authority
  • Most travellers who aren’t required to get a visa before entering New Zealand will have to hold an Electronic Travel Authority. This includes citizens of visa waiver countries, cruise ship passengers, cruise ship crew and commercial airline crew.
  • Australian citizens will be exempt, but Australian permanent residents will need to hold an Electronic Travel Authority.
  • New Zealand citizens and holders of valid New Zealand visas (both resident visas and temporary visas) will continue to be able to enter New Zealand without an Electronic Travel Authority.
There was quite a bit abut it in the media this week too
https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/107...5-visitor-levy
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12132687
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Old Oct 2nd 2018, 10:21 am
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This is the link to the Tourism Levy brochure

Looks like Aus PR holders AND citizens are exempt from this one,

https://www.mbie.govt.nz/info-servic...the-border.pdf

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This is the link to the Tourism Levy brchure

Looks like Aus PR holders AND citizens are exempt from this one,

https://www.mbie.govt.nz/info-servic...the-border.pdf

Yes. Just to clarify - the ETA and the tourism levy are two separate things. Australian citizens are exempt from both. Australian PRs are exempt from the levy but not the ETA.
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Yes. Just to clarify - the ETA and the tourism levy are two separate things. Australian citizens are exempt from both. Australian PRs are exempt from the levy but not the ETA.
Which is precisely why I put the ETA in one post and the Levy in the other and mentioned visa status on each one

Sorry that wasn't clear enough for you but the onlyo ther way would have been two separate threads and I figured that was overkill.
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I wonder if this will result in any changes to the ease with which Australian PRs can enter NZ and gain citizenship?
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Originally Posted by bourbon-biscuit View Post
I wonder if this will result in any changes to the ease with which Australian PRs can enter NZ and gain citizenship?
I don't think it's easy regardless of any changes.

How does an expiring travel facility on an Australian PR, affect status in New Zealand?

I don't know - but doubt - that someone can use an Australian residence visa with an expired travel facility to enter New Zealand, but if there is a migration agent out there who can advise, please do.

It seems to me unlikely that NZ Immigration would have allowed a giant loophole like that to stand.

I am also unsure how one's status would be impacted in NZ, if already there using Australian PR, and the travel facility expires. Would it be like in Australia, where it's business as normal unless you leave the country (at which point, you can't get back in?).

Now that the residence requirement for citizenship in New Zealand is 5 years, it would be impossible for an Australian PR to meet that, while also meeting the conditions for an Australian RRV.

As well - as an Australian PR - yes you get NZ residence when you arrive, but it also automatically expires when you leave, and you are given a new one when you come back. This means your "residence" is not continuous and that has major implications for how it affects the residency requirement. You can apply for a variation of travel conditions so that it does become continuous and you can leave and come back, but I don't think these are given out with the idea that they are easy and mostly automatic. Again, if an agent or someone with experience can advise, that would be helpful.
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I don't think it's easy regardless of any changes.

How does an expiring travel facility on an Australian PR, affect status in New Zealand?

I don't know - but doubt - that someone can use an Australian residence visa with an expired travel facility to enter New Zealand, but if there is a migration agent out there who can advise, please do.

It seems to me unlikely that NZ Immigration would have allowed a giant loophole like that to stand.
The thing about NZ compared with Australia, is that NZ's migration system is quite straightforward, equitable and transparent. Also, it's not a giant loophole but NZ treats Australians (including PRs) in a completely different way to how Australia treats NZers. Here is the relevant parts from the guide to variation of travel application (which you apply for if you plan to leave NZ and your Australian PR will have expired):

Requirements for a variation of travel conditions

12-month variation of travel conditions You qualify for 12 months of travel conditions if you entered New Zealand as a resident at least one year before the date your current application for a variation of travel conditions is made, and either of the following situations applies to you.
1. You have spent enough time in New Zealand To meet this requirement, you must have been in New Zealand as a resident for a total of 184 days or more in at least one of the two 12-month portions of the 24 months immediately before lodging your variation of travel conditions application.
2. You have tax residence status To meet this requirement: • you must have been in New Zealand as a resident for a total of 41 days or more in at least one of the two 12-month portions of the 24 months immediately before lodging your application for a variation of travel conditions, and • you must have been assessed by Inland Revenue (IR) as holding tax residence status for 12 months in the two years immediately before lodging your variation of travel conditions application. With your application you must provide evidence of your status, such as: • a statement from IR for the period for which you have been assessed as having tax residence status, or • the INZ form Confirmation of Tax Resident Status (INZ 1006) completed and endorsed by IR. The note about double tax agreements in the Requirements for a permanent resident visa’ section also applies here.
14-day variation of travel conditions You will qualify for a 14-day variation of travel conditions if you are a resident visa holder in New Zealand and you do not meet the requirements for either a permanent resident visa, or a variation of travel conditions for a longer time, or you are a person who would otherwise be prohibited from entry (for instance, because you would be subject to travel sanctions). If you think this might apply to you, you should contact our call centre to discuss your situation.
(from: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/docu...es/inz1176.pdf)

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Yet another government, like ours, addicted to taxation
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