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Immigration New Zealand border process
If you require a visa for entry into New Zealand you need to lodge an application for a visa at your nearest office as early as possible to avoid unnecessary delays.
The application criteria and procedure can be found on our website.
You may not require a visa if you are travelling on a passport issued by a visa free country- please refer to our website for the complete list of visa free countries.
Immigration New Zealand has branches located all across the world with dedicated staff waiting to assist you.
All our offshore branches have their own page within our website which contains both branch-related and region-specific information. We recommend you check these before submitting your visa application.
Please refer to our website www.immigration.govt.nz
If transiting Australia please refer to the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship www.immi.gov.au for further information.
Your personal concession allows you to bring into New Zealand free of duty:
If you are over 17 years of age you can bring into New Zealand free of duty:
If you bring into New Zealand goods which are not covered by your personal concession or are more than the above allowances, you will have to pay full Customs charges. If the duty and/or Goods and Services Tax payable is less than NZ$50, no collection will be made but this does not apply to tobacco products or alcoholic beverages.
You cannot bring into New Zealand the following prohibited and restricted goods;
You must declare all medications you are bringing with you. You can only bring “Prescription only” medications into New Zealand if they have been prescribed for you.
If you are carrying on your person or in your baggage, cash in any currency to the value of NZ$10,000 or more, you must report this to a Customs officer when you are completing passport formalities on arrival in New Zealand.
For more details on Customs advice to travellers check our website: www.customs.govt.nz/Pages/default.aspx
Declare or dispose. It is New Zealand law.
Your bags may be sniffed by detector dogs, x-rayed or searched.
If you have any questions ask one of the MPI Biosecurity Inspectors.
If you fail to declare biosecurity risk goods you could get a fine or be prosecuted.
A full list of risk goods that must be declared will be on your Passenger Arrival Card.
Before departure you should clean all sports equipment to remove soil and grass. This will assist with border processes when you enter New Zealand.
Make sure these items are easy to access for biosecurity inspection.
For more information about biosecurity risk goods, and what you must declare at New Zealand borders, check out: http://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/enter/declare