New Zealand introduces tax for tourists

As of July 1, New Zealand will introduce a new tax for tourists passing through the country. It will make it possible to finance the protection of the environment and infrastructures linked to tourism. In addition, the government is introducing a new document for those exempt from visas.

An isolated territory, a varied landscape and a favorable climate make New Zealand an increasingly coveted destination for tourists. But the latter will soon have to put their hands in their pockets to contribute and help in the protection of nature and the development of infrastructures dedicated to tourism. , the special tax for foreign tourists will be effective from July 1st. This tax named “International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy” (IVL) will amount to 20 euros per person. It could generate a gain of 46 million euros in the first year. Over five years, the government evokes a sum of just over 263 million euros dedicated to “radically changing the face of tourism in New Zealand”.

Tourism is a key element in the economy of this country. And for good reason: the territory located in the Pacific is appreciated for its natural spaces and its diversified landscapes. But it is precisely in order to protect them that the ministers of tourism, conservation (equivalent to the minister of heritage in France) and finance have introduced this tax. , it is set up to “enable international visitors to contribute directly to the infrastructure they use and to protect the natural environment they enjoy”. In concrete terms, it will finance the setting up of tourist infrastructures and the protection of the environment. According to a study published by Nature Climate Change, .

However, this tax, collected through the immigration system, does not apply to Australian tourists and citizens of several Pacific Island counties.

Implementation of an electronic visa

From October 1, visitors will have to pay the IVL tax but also have an “Electronic Travel Authority” (ETA), set up by . It concerns all persons exempt from visas, i.e. citizens of 60 countries including France for stays of less than three months, including for cruise stopovers. This process will be mandatory from October 1 and accessible in July for those embarking by air or by sea to reach the country. With a maximum validity period of two years, like the IVL, the ETA must be requested on the New Zealand Immigration website, or via its application. In addition, this new electronic visa has a cost: 5.27 euros for those who applied through the mobile application, and 7 euros for those who used the form on the website. In total, it will be an additional thirty euros to pay for tourists coming to discover New Zealand.

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