The New Zealand government has announced effective October 1st, 2019 U.S. citizens along with 59 other nationalities that can currently enter New Zealand under the visa waiver program will require an ETA for both arrivals by Air and Cruiseship. Starting in July 2019 travelers will be able to apply for an ETA visa, it will become mandatory for travel to New Zealand from October 1st. The ETA visa will be issued for 2 years and good for multiple entries into New Zealand. All airline crew and cruise line crew will need a " Crew ETA Visa " before traveling to New Zealand. The Crew ETA will be valid for up to 5 years. Exemptions: Australian citizens will be exempt, however Australian permanent residents will need to hold an ETA visa but will not be required to pay for an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL). Other exemptions include: Crew and passengers on a non-cruise vessel. The crew on a foreign ship carrying cargo. Guests of the New Zealand government. People traveling under The Antarctic Treaty. Members of a visiting force and associated crew members. International Visitors Conservation and Tourism Levy: The IVL will be introduced alongside the ETA Visa requirement and will cost NZD $35.00, The IVL will be valid for as long as the ETA visa is valid.