ETAs to be mandatory for Taiwanese travelers to New Zealand: BOCA

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Taipei, March 12 (CNA) Taiwanese travelers will need to hold an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) if they want to travel to New Zealand starting from October, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (BOCA) said Tuesday.

Taiwanese nationals will be able to apply online for an ETA that remains valid for up to two years from July, at a cost of NZ$9.00 (NT$190) and NZ$12.00 for mobile applications and web browser requests, respectively, BOCA said.

The move will be mandatory for travel to New Zealand from Oct. 1. for all sea and air travelers from 60 visa waiver countries, which includes Taiwan, BOCA said.

Those transiting through New Zealand, are also required to hold an ETA from Oct. 1, even if New Zealand is not their final destination, BOCA pointed out.

According to the New Zealand immigration website, the ETA is a "new security and facilitation measure that will help to speed things up at the border," by making a number of improvements, including enhancing security and reducing immigration risks, addressing smuggling and biosecurity risks and improving traveler experience.

Meanwhile, an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) will also be introduced alongside the ETA, which will cost NZ$35.00 per head and will last as long as the ETA is valid, according to New Zealand immigration authorities.

Explaining the reason for introducing the IVL, New Zealand's Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment said on its website that the levy was announced so that "international visitors will be contributing directly to the tourism infrastructure they use and helping conserve the natural environment they enjoy."

(By Ku Chuan and William Yen)

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