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Arrival Formalities in New Zealand

Customs, Immigration, Duty Free and getting away from it all . . . 

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On arriving in New Zealand there are the usual formalities to be observed.  Customs, immigration officials, Ministry of Agriculture and Fishing inspectors, drug dogs . . . all the usual suspects. And for very good reason, as you can well understand. 

The important thing is not to try and beat the system.  Trust me,  these guys mean business and they are very good at it.  You could face steep fines 

Passports and Visas

All visitors need a passport. Whether you can enter visa-free or not depends on where you come from, how long you're staying and what you want to do when you get here.


The NZ Customs people are as flinty-eyed as any in the world. If you have ideas of smuggling stuff take some advice: In a word, don't. The justice system will solidly back the Customs people and they hand out lengthy sentences - especially for dope and endangered animal smugglers. Our Customs people and their drug dogs are very, very good at nabbing smugglers. Lately we have seen a steady stream of idiots caught at the border trying to bring in illegal drugs, especially psuedephedrine, the pre-cursor to the manufacture of P, pure methamphetamine. They are now all serving sentence of up to 20 years.

Ministry of Ag. & Fish

New Zealand is primarily an agricultural nation. A huge part of our overseas income is earned from farming, forestry, fishing and horticulture. One of the main appeals of the place to travellers is its clean, green environment.

We are at pains to keep it that way and that will mean a little co-operation from you.

You will also have to fill out a MAF declaration stating whether you've been on a farm or similar in the previous days.  You'll also be asked to leave behind in special bins any food or products of an animal origin. Again, don't be a bloody idiot and try to slip it through.

Duty free stuff

Don't load yourself down with booze and cigarettes, perfume etc before getting here. Take life easily and lightly. On arrival at the airport, having cleared immigration you enter a dazzling little shopping centre inside the terminal. It's all there and you can pick it up, pop it on the plastic and head off to the Customs counter.


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A Regional Guide




10 March 2013