New Zealand Transit Visa Requirement for Fijians Set to Go

Michael Yoon
Principal Immigration Lawyer

New Zealand removes transit visa requirement for Fijian nationals, easing travel. Fijians will need an NZeTA instead, valid for two years. The change is expected to roll out in a few months. Contact Immigration Lawyer NZ for any questions.

The Government's recent announcement to remove the transit visa requirement for Fijian nationals travelling through New Zealand is a significant change, and one that comes with a fair bit of expectation. It's about time, isn't it? Fijians have been waiting for a move like this, which suggests a bit of common sense and practical thinking from our Government, something that's been in short supply recently.

The change means that Fijians passing through New Zealand won’t need a transit visa anymore. However, before you pop the champagne, hold your horses – this isn't happening overnight. It’s going to take a few months to roll out, so until then, the status quo remains. Transit visas are still needed for now, so don’t throw away your paperwork just yet.

When the waiver does kick in, Fijian nationals will still need to apply for a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA). It’s not exactly a free pass; it comes with its own costs. An NZeTA will set you back NZD$23 if you apply online, or NZD$17 through the app, and it’s valid for two years. Processing is swift, typically within 72 hours, so at least there’s no long wait.

What’s crucial here is that this change only applies to transit visas. If you’re a Fijian wanting to visit, study, or work in New Zealand, you’ll still need the appropriate visa. This isn’t a golden ticket to bypass all immigration controls.

Now, one has to wonder why this wasn’t done sooner. It’s a step in the right direction, no doubt, but it’s hardly a groundbreaking move. It’s more like catching up with the times. It seems the Government has realised that making travel easier for our Pacific neighbours might actually be beneficial for everyone involved. Who would’ve thought?

So, while we wait for the final implementation, let’s keep an eye on how smoothly this transition will go. Will it be a well-oiled machine or another bureaucratic quagmire? Time will tell. But for now, it's a small win for Fijian travellers, and hopefully, a sign of more practical changes to come.

Cheers to a bit of progress, even if it’s long overdue. And that's the immigration news for today. Do subscribe and follow for more New Zealand immigration content. Ka Kite Ano.

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Last modified on 20 June 2024 by
Michael Yoon
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