As of my last knowledge update in September 2021, New Zealand had specific visa requirements for Latvian citizens based on the purpose and duration of their visit. Visa requirements and processes can change over time, so it’s crucial to check the official website of Immigration New Zealand or contact the nearest New Zealand embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date information before planning your trip.
Here’s a general overview of the visa options for Latvian citizens visiting New Zealand:
- Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA):
- Latvian citizens may be eligible to apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) to visit New Zealand for short stays of up to 3 months. The NZeTA is suitable for purposes such as tourism, family visits, and business travel.
- You can apply for the NZeTA online through the official website of Immigration New Zealand (https://www.immigration.govt.nz/nzeta).
- Visitor Visa:
- If you plan to stay in New Zealand for longer than 3 months or for purposes other than those allowed under the NZeTA (e.g., study, work, longer-term visits), you may need to apply for a Visitor Visa.
- The Visitor Visa application process can vary depending on the purpose and duration of your visit. Be sure to check the specific requirements for the Visitor Visa category that aligns with your travel plans on the Immigration New Zealand website.
Here are the general steps to apply for a New Zealand visa as a Latvian citizen:
- Determine the Visa Type:
- Identify the appropriate visa type based on the purpose and duration of your visit.
- Check Eligibility:
- Verify your eligibility for the NZeTA or the Visitor Visa.
- Complete the Application:
- Fill out the visa application form online, providing accurate and complete information.
- Gather Required Documents:
- Collect the necessary supporting documents, such as a valid passport, passport-sized photos, travel itinerary, proof of funds, and any other documents specific to your visa category.
- Pay the Visa Fee:
- Pay the visa application fee as required, and keep the receipt as proof of payment.
- Submit Your Application:
- Submit your completed visa application and the required documents online through the Immigration New Zealand website.
- Biometrics and Interviews (if required):
- Follow any instructions regarding biometric data collection or interviews, if applicable.
- Wait for Processing:
- Your visa application will be processed, and processing times can vary. Apply well in advance of your intended travel date.
- Receive a Decision:
- You will receive a decision on your visa application. If approved, your visa or NZeTA will be issued.
- Travel to New Zealand:
- If your visa is approved, you can travel to New Zealand within the validity period of your visa or NZeTA. Adhere to the conditions and duration of stay specified on your visa.
Please note that visa requirements, application processes, and fees may change, so it’s essential to verify the latest information directly from official sources. Additionally, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, travel restrictions and health and safety measures may be in place. Check for any travel advisories or restrictions related to your trip to New Zealand.