Discussion paper
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The government is consulting on a proposal to introduce an Electronic Travel Authority facility for some groups of travellers. It is a new security and facilitation measure that, if it is introduced, will help to speed things up at the border.

The Electronic Travel Authority aims to enhance security and reduce immigration, smuggling and biosecurity risks. It would cause minimal disruption to travellers and enable a more efficient provision of services at the border.

The Government is considering the introduction of an ETA on the basis that it is the best solution to improve the collection of advance information about travellers in order to support Government’s overall border objectives, which are to:

  • enhance security and reduce immigration risks
  • address smuggling risks and biosecurity risks
  • maintain or improve the current traveller experience
  • improve the future traveller experience
  • support New Zealand’s international relationships and agreements
  • manage the provision of services more efficiently
  • adapt to the changing needs of stakeholders and Government over time.

We are seeking your feedback on the potential introduction of the ETA, how you think it could benefit travellers and industry stakeholders, and how we could address any potential problems. Your feedback will inform the final proposal the Government will consider later this year. It will help ensure the design and implementation of the ETA, if it is introduced, takes advantage of the opportunities and manages any risks that it presents.

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