NZ Approving Tourist Tax

September 28, 2018 Taxation in New Zealand

New Zealand Visitor TaxWELLINGTON – Visiting New Zealand will soon be NZD 35 more expensive, following the approval of a new visitor levy.

On September 26th the Cabinet of New Zealand approved the International Visitor Conservation & Tourism Levy which is to be paid by tourists coming to the country.

The new levy will be paid at a rate of NZD 35 per person entering the country for a temporary visitor tourism purposes.

The levy will be collected via either visa fees or via a new Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) which will be completed prior to arrival in New Zealand.

Visitors from a country with a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand will pay via the ETA while tourists who require a Visitor Visa will make the payment at the time of lodgement of their visa application.

The funds raised from the levy will be split between being used to fund new conservation projects and to fund new tourism projects and infrastructure.

The legislation to enact the new levy has not yet been approved, and it is expected that it will be passed mid-way through 2019, and will come into effect shortly after.