Customs regulations and required documents
Personal effects import regulations
Concealable firearms such as revolvers and automatic pistols are prohibited. A permit for all other firearms/air guns must be applied for online prior to travel and the permit will be issued on arrival by NZ police, upon sighting passport and firearms license issued by country of residence. An application fee of NZD $25 will also be collected on arrival. Refer to http://www.police.govt.nz/advice/firearms-prohibited-offensive-weapons for more information.
The following items are restricted entry to New Zealand or require inspection and possible treatment on arrival:
Visits within 30 days before arrival in New Zealand to farms or forested areas should be brought to the attention of the Agriculture Quarantine Officer.
Prohibited: Greenstone, Maori antiquities, Paua shells (except articles manufactured from such shells).
Crew members customs regulations:
If arriving as:
Cats and dogs: must be filled with an identification microchip. A minimum of 72 hours notice is required by the MAF Biosecurity New Zealand and cats and dogs must be transported to New Zealand as cargo, with the exception of assistance (guide or seeing eye) dogs.
Cats and dogs from other countries are not eligible for direct import to New Zealand.
Model Veterinary Certificates; specific vaccination requirements, depending on Category; MAF contact details can be obtained at www.biosecurity.govt.nz
PROHIBITED: American Pit Bull Terrier, Brazilian Fila, Dogo Argentina, Japanese Tosa and Perro de Presa Canarioa are not allowed to be imported into New Zealand.
Baggage is cleared at the first port of entry in New Zealand.
Exempt: baggage of transit passengers with a destination outside of New Zealand if the onward flight is on the same calendar day and the passengers do not leave the transit area.
Currency Import regulations:
Local currency (New Zealand Dollar-NZD) and foreign currencies in amounts exceeding NZD 10,000 must be declared.
Currency Export regulations:
Local currency (New Zealand Dollar-NZD) and foreign currencies in amounts exceeding NZD 10,000 must be declared.
An International Passenger Charge is levied on passengers embarking for destinations abroad at:
Hamilton Airport: fee NZD 25.-.
Place of payment: Airport of departure.
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Quarantine-free travel from Australia to New Zealand will begin on 19 April 2021.
Quarantine free travel is a positive step. But there are some differences from pre-COVID travel that travellers need to be aware of before booking.
All travellers are advised that a COVID-19 case could change the conditions they are travelling under. Local health guidelines should be followed. This could mean your return is delayed and/or you may be asked to monitor symptoms, take a test before departing, isolate on arrival, or in some situations, go into managed isolation.
By undertaking travel at this time, you are accepting that it will be your responsibility to manage any COVID-19-related travel disruption and associated costs.
Quarantine-free travellers must complete an online travel declaration before they travel:
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For more information, visit the Unite Against COVID-19 website.
If you are returning to New Zealand, please consider the following in the 14 days before departure:
Doing these things will help reduce the risk of being exposed to COVID-19 and bringing it home with you.
Check the SafeTravel website for the latest advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The Government has created a new ‘very high risk country’ category that will reduce the risk of high numbers of infected people flying to New Zealand. This is in response to rapidly increasing rates of infection in some parts of the globe and based on what is happening in the country, the prevalence of COVID-19 variants of concern, the public health measures the country has in place and the risk to our border.
The new category comes into force from 11.59pm on 28 April.
It will apply to travellers from countries with more than 50 positive cases per 1000 arrivals to New Zealand, and where there are more than 15 travellers per month. As at 23 April Brazil, India, Pakistan and Papua New Guinea are the countries that currently meet that threshold.
As a result, travellers from those countries will be temporarily restricted to New Zealand citizens, their partners and children, and parents of children who are New Zealand citizens. All travellers will require evidence of a negative PCR test from an accredited laboratory 72 hours before travel.
The Ministry of Health is currently collating a list of each country’s accredited laboratories which can be used by travellers for their test.
The link provided below is for a list of the laboratories accredited by the Indian National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories to ISO 15189 (a specified standard) to perform the testing technique RT-PCR.
We have yet to confirm that the column headed “ICMR listed” means that the laboratories meet the requirement to be approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to perform RT-PCR testing of nasopharyngeal swabs for Covid-19.
Before proceeding with testing, travellers must confirm with the laboratory they intend to use that it is listed with the ICMR as approved to perform RT-PCR testing of nasopharyngeal swabs for Covid-19.
Travellers should not use the laboratories for which “ICMR listed” is shown as Provisional.
Information about the laboratories for use by travellers from Brazil, Pakistan and Papua New Guinea will be posted as soon as possible.
The Government has announced temporary restrictions on travellers arriving in New Zealand as a precautionary measure to protect against the spread of COVID-19.
The restrictions prevent foreign nationals travelling from most countries from entering New Zealand. See Border controls for more information.
People who are exempt from the temporary restrictions are:
Every traveller, except those from a quarantine-free travel zone, arriving into New Zealand on a flight which departs from another country must go into one of two facilities for a minimum of 14 days (336 hours).
New requirements apply for people arriving from any country into New Zealand. This excludes people arriving from Australia, Antarctica and some Pacific Island nations.
You’ll be required to:
If travellers are symptomatic on arrival they will go straight to a quarantine facility.
It will be the same PCR nasal swab that people currently receive but is in addition to the existing day 3 and day 12 tests.
It usually takes 24-48 hours. People will be contacted directly if positive. They will be sent a text if negative.
People will complete the remainder of their 14 days managed isolation as normal. They will be required to undertake a further test about day 3 of their stay and again about day 12 before they leave.
If the result is positive the person will be transferred to a quarantine facility. This is several days earlier than previously would have been the case.
Pre-departure testing is already required for travellers arriving into New Zealand from the United Kingdom or United States. From 23:59pm (NZT) on 25 January 2021 this will extend to passengers arriving from any country other than Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific Islands.
You are required to have a COVID-19 test (of a type approved by the New Zealand Director-General of Health) no more than 72 hours before the scheduled departure time of the first international flight (leg) of your journey to New Zealand. This means you need to have had both your COVID-19 sample taken and the result returned within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time of your first international departure.
Infringement offences will apply to people arriving in New Zealand without the required evidence. In the first two weeks (until 29 January 2021), the focus of enforcement action will be on education and compliance.
All travellers, including anyone exempted from the pre-departure testing requirement, will still be required to complete the 14 days mandatory isolation which applies to all new arrivals into New Zealand
If you’re travelling from these countries, you’re exempt from pre-departure testing: Antarctica, Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Wallis and Futuna.
Exemptions also apply to:
Find out more: Exemptions to pre-departure testing requirements – Unite Against COVID-19
Travellers entering New Zealand will be required to have a COVID-19 test (of a type approved by the Director-General of Health) no more than 72 hours before the scheduled departure time of the first flight (leg) of their journey to New Zealand. This means you’ll need to have had both your COVID-19 sample taken and the result returned within 72 hours of your scheduled first flight departure time.
The Director-General of Health specifies the kind of pre-departure test that is required in order to safeguard travellers to New Zealand, flight crew, and New Zealand workers at our MIQ facilities. New Zealand currently accepts results from the following tests:
The Ministry of Health classifies these tests in two tiers:
Tier 1 tests are PCR tests for the virus – these are the most sensitive test for COVID-19 and are preferred. If you arrive in New Zealand, you will also undergo 2-3 PCR tests while in an MIQ facility.
Tier 2 tests are either LAMP tests or antigen tests. These tests are also currently acceptable as pre-departure tests.
Samples for testing can be obtained via nasopharyngeal, anterior nasal, oral, sputum, or saliva, which may be conducted in-home or by a trained sampler, but must be processed by a laboratory recognised in the country of origin as authorised or accredited to conduct tests. Some testing laboratories allow samples to be taken at home – in these cases a sample can be taken at home, but the sample must be analysed by the laboratory. This means that the rapid (point-of-care) antigen tests conducted at home (akin to an ‘at home’ pregnancy test, with two blue lines displayed for a positive result), are not acceptable.
Testing laboratories must be able to issue a dated report for you to show at check-in. It should have:
Always remember to check the requirements of other countries you are going to be transiting through. They may have requirements that are different to what New Zealand requires.
For more information and frequently asked questions about pre-departure testing requirements, visit the Unite against COVID-19 website.
In rare cases, the requirement of a test 72 hours in advance may be extended to 96 hours if a person’s flight has been delayed or cancelled, or test results haven’t been received in time. In this situation, the flight must be rescheduled or rebooked to depart within 24 hours.
We’ve been monitoring overseas developments very closely, and, like many other countries, have heightened concerns about the new variants of the virus and their potential to spread more rapidly.
The pre-departure testing requirements are an extra precautionary step to provide another layer of protection for New Zealand from COVID-19.
Information for travellers planning on arriving or transiting through an air border in New Zealand is available:
Information for travellers who will transit through New Zealand en route to other countries is available on the Immigration New Zealand website.
Contact Healthline for free on 0800 358 5453 if you begin to feel unwell. The symptoms of COVID-19 are a cough, fever, shortness of breath, sore throat, sneezing and runny nose, and temporary loss of smell.
Some countries require travellers to confirm a negative COVID-19 test before they leave New Zealand. You can check the requirements of the country you are travelling to, by contacting their local High Commission, Embassy or Consulate in New Zealand.
If you need a COVID-19 test prior to departure, you can organise it through your primary care provider (general practice or GP). They will tell you how much it costs and how to pay.
Contact your doctor to book a test once your travel plans are confirmed. The test needs to be taken as close as possible to when you will be travelling – check with your High Commission, Embassy or Consulate for the timing that applies to your country.
It usually takes several days for test results to be available, but it could be longer, so people need to ensure they don’t leave it too late, especially around the weekend.
If your travel plans change to a later day than expected, a re-test and negative result may be required.
Entry requirements may differ between countries but you will probably need a hard-copy of your negative COVID-19 test result to present to check-in before boarding the plane. Your general practice or GP will be able to give this to you. You will also probably need to show the result to Customs/Immigration on arrival at your destination.
If the test is positive, you will be notified and won’t be able to travel.
Some countries require travellers to confirm a negative COVID-19 test before they leave New Zealand. Travellers should check the requirements of the country they are travelling to, by contacting their local High Commission, Embassy or Consulate in New Zealand.
If the test is positive, your GP will talk with you about what happens next. You will not be able to travel.
Costs will vary – your doctor or general practice will be able to tell you what the charge will be.
It sometimes takes several days for test results to be available, but it could be longer, so make sure you don’t leave it too late. If your country requires you to have a test before leaving New Zealand, call your doctor to book in for a test as soon as your travel plans are confirmed. The test needs to be taken close to when you will be travelling – check with your High Commission, Embassy or Consulate for the timing that applies to your country.
The test needs to be taken close to when you will be travelling. Different countries have different requirements for timing. Check with your High Commission, Embassy or Consulate for the timing that applies to your country.
You do not need to stay at home while awaiting test results, unless you have travelled overseas in the past 14 days or been in contact with people who have recently travelled or who a contact of a confirmed case, however if you are feeling unwell you should contact your doctor.
Find out more: COVID-19: Staying at home
A negative test does not guarantee that you do not have COVID-19. Sometimes people with the virus may still have a negative test. You can also test positive for COVID-19, even though you are no longer infectious.