The restrictions explained

The New Zealand Government has introduced restrictions on the amount of inorganic powders, liquids, aerosols and gel items that can now be carried in the cabin of international flights.

You can now only carry liquids, aerosols or gels in your hand luggage if each container is no more than 100ml, and these containers collectively can fit comfortably into one re-sealable, 20cm x 20cm (or smaller) transparent plastic bag.

From Wednesday 1st of May 2024 for International flights only, you will no longer be required to remove these liquids, aerosols or gels - 100ml or under for security screening. These can now be left in your carry-on hand luggage when you go through security screening.

If you plan to take any liquids, aerosols or gels greater than this amount with you on your trip, then they will need to be packed into your check-in luggage. Existing restrictions related to explosive or flammable items remain in place.

Inorganic powders: Make sure you have no more than 350ml of inorganic powders in your carry-on. That includes: salt, talcum powder, sand and powdered make-up.


Items purchased after security

If you are flying direct (i.e. your flight has no stops at any other destination), you can purchase any liquid, aerosol or gel item –including Duty Free – after security.


Prescription medicines are exempt from the new restrictions. A letter from your medical practitioner will need to be presented with the medicine.

Non-prescription medicines are also exempt; however only the amount required for the duration of the flight should be carried with you in your hand luggage. Medical items such as sprays, insulin, contact lens solution and cough syrups are also exempt.

Baby Products

For those travelling with babies, there are exceptions for baby products required for the duration of the flight. These include baby milk, sterilised water, baby food and wet wipes.

For a full list of prohibited items and more information, please visit the Aviation Security website.

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