Traveling to New Zealand has never been a cheap getaway, and it’s about to get even more pricey starting the second half of 2019.
Local government has recently announced plans to implement a tourist tax requiring international travelers staying 12 months or less to pay from NZ $25 to $35 (approx. USD $17-24). It will be a requirement when getting a visa or Electronic Travel Authority.
However, you won’t need to pay the new fee if you’re a short-term traveler from Australia and/or from Pacific Island Forum countries, children under the age of two, and those traveling on diplomatic, humanitarian, business, transit, and medical visas.
The new tax is meant to protect its natural resources and infrastructure. It’s expected to bring in NZ $57-80 million (approx. USD $39.7-55.8 million) during the first year.
According to New Zealand’s Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis, the country currently welcomes 3.8 million international travelers every year, and the number is expected to increase to 5.1 million by 2024. Davis explains the tax will assure…
“international visitors contribute to the infrastructure they use and help protect the natural places they come here to enjoy.”
As of now, the decision isn’t final. New Zealand’s government is receiving public opinions on the new tax until July 15. The final call will be made by September 2018.
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