New Zealand entry requirements

When entering New Zealand, you must comply with the most current entry and import regulations. We explain the entry process, all necessary documents, and the most important rules for bringing goods to New Zealand.

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Travel documents for New Zealand entry

In order to be allowed to enter New Zealand, you will have a short conversation with the border officials at the border crossing and present some documents. These include:

  • Your passport
  • Your NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) travel confirmation or your New Zealand visa
  • Evidence of ties to your home country (e.g., a letter from your employer, student ID, or pension statement)
  • Evidence of sufficient funds for the duration of your trip (e.g., bank statements)
  • For family visits: contact details and residency status of your relatives in New Zealand
  • Return or onward travel ticket

Depending on your personal situation, other supporting documents may be required to prove the legitimacy of your travel as well as your intention to leave the country after your residence permit expires.

Passport for New Zealand travel

To be allowed to enter New Zealand, your passport must be valid for at least three months beyond the date of your intended departure.

Visa for New Zealand travel

Your New Zealand Electronic Travel Authorization (NZeTA) or visa must have been issued for the purpose for which you are actually entering and be valid at the time of your entry.

Other documents for entry to New Zealand

When proving sufficient funds for the duration of your trip, a rule of thumb is 1,000 New Zealand dollars per person per month. This amount does not include your accommodation - so this must already be paid for or added on top.

Depending on the situation and the impression the border officials have of you, they may also ask for proof of your medical condition upon entry.

New Zealand entry with children

Both airlines and New Zealand border officials are careful to ensure that all young people are safe during their travels. Therefore, if you are traveling alone with minors, we recommend carrying some documents:

  • A letter of consent from the child, signed by both parents or the child's legal guardian
  • A copy of the child's birth certificate
  • The child's passport, together with their NZeTA or visa
  • Copies of the identity cards or passports of all legal guardians

Requirements for entering New Zealand

Your entry permit to New Zealand is subject to certain requirements and depends solely on the decision of the responsible border officials on site. The following criteria will affect your entry clearance at the border crossing:

  • You are entering for the reason for which your NZeTA or visa was issued.
  • The data in your passport matches the data in your NZeTA or visa.
  • You do not pose a threat to the country or the New Zealand people.
  • You are not currently subject to an entry ban.
  • You do not intend to remain in New Zealand beyond the duration of your visitor permit.


Travel safety and customs in New Zealand

To enter New Zealand, you will need to provide important data for security and customs issues. Immigration New Zealand (INZ) gets your APP (Advance Passenger Processing) and PNR (Passenger Name Record) data before you even board a plane or ship.

Passenger Name Record (PNR) data

PNR data is already collected when you book your flight or cruise. These include:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone number
  • Ticket information
  • Baggage and seat information

Advance Passenger Processing (APP)

When you check in for your flight, your airline will ask you to submit APP information. This includes:

  • Name
  • Passport number and country of issue
  • Nationality
  • Date of birth
  • Gender

New Zealand Traveller Declaration

The New Zealand Traveller Declaration is an online system you can use for customs declaration before traveling to New Zealand. However, the use of the online customs declaration is not mandatory and a card (Passenger Arrival Card) will still be handed out for the handwritten declaration.

Passenger Arrival Card

You will be given a Passenger Arrival Card to complete during your journey but at the latest in the arrival lobby in New Zealand.

On the Card, you must declare any goods you are bringing with you that have been deemed risky goods by the New Zealand government. Risky goods when entering New Zealand include food, plants, wood products, soil, water, outdoor equipment, and all animal products.

Customs and/or strictly regulated goods that you must declare on the Passenger Arrival Card include medicine, weapons, alcohol, tobacco, commercial products, means of payment, duty-free goods, and things you are transporting for other people.

New Zealand Traveller Declaration (NZTD)

Travelers can now complete a digital arrival declaration instead of a paper passenger arrival card. However, a paper declaration form will still be available.

Vaccinations for visiting New Zealand

There are no mandatory vaccinations for travel to New Zealand. However, standard childhood vaccinations are recommended, as well as vaccinations against hepatitis A and B.

Insurance for a New Zealand trip

There are no insurance policies required for entry into New Zealand. However, we recommend that you purchase travel health insurance to provide you with adequate protection while you are there.

The procedure of entry to New Zealand

Entering New Zealand is normally done in the following order:

  • Filling out the Passenger Arrival Card or New Zealand Traveller Declaration
  • Presentation of all documents and questioning by the border officials
  • Payment of the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy
  • A search of your luggage (also by sniffer dogs)

Interviews with New Zealand border officials

The border guards in New Zealand may ask you a number of questions concerning your resume as well as your character and the reason for your trip to New Zealand. If your English is not good enough, let the officials know, and they will consider this.

International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy

As of 2019, most visitors to New Zealand are required to pay a $ 35 visitor levy. The International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) is invested within New Zealand in projects that create sustainable tourism growth while protecting the environment.

Baggage controls/hand luggage

New Zealand Customs officers and MPI (Ministry for Primary Industries) staff may search your luggage and carry any items. The main purpose of this is to avert agricultural risk from introduced organisms, viruses, bacteria, and fungi (biosecurity). However, they will also search for goods that need to be cleared through customs.

Smartphone ban in the arrival area

Phone calls, filming, and photography are prohibited throughout the border area. If you need to contact someone, inform the officials at the border and wait for their permission.

Import regulations for New Zealand

Imported goods carrying pests, diseases, and seeds pose a threat to New Zealand's environment and wildlife. However, contaminants such as viruses, bacteria, and fungi are often invisible to the naked eye. Therefore, you must declare all goods on your Passenger Arrival Card.

New Zealand entry: goods that require a declaration
Food (cooked, fresh, preserved, packaged, or dried) Fruits and vegetables, meat, eggs, seafood, dairy products, mushrooms, honey, seeds, nuts, spices, herbs
Animals or animal products Meat, dairy products, fish, honey, bee products, eggs, feathers, shells, raw wool, hides, bones, insects cosmetics, dietary supplements, pharmaceuticals, mollusks, and shellfish, ivory, turtle shell, coral, snakeskin
Plants or plant products Fruits, flowers, seeds, bulbs, wood, bark, leaves, nuts, vegetables, plant parts, mushrooms, reeds, bamboo, straw, plant cuttings, reeds, rattan, coconut, pine cones, medicines, food supplements, homeopathic remedies, cosmetics
Items with biosafety risk Biological crops, organisms, soil or water, equipment used with animals, plants, or water - including footwear, tents, camping, hunting, hiking, golf, or sports equipment

Prohibited goods when entering New Zealand

The importation of the following goods into New Zealand is prohibited and subject to prosecution:

  • "Offensive material" (e.g., pornographic content or depictions of violence) on media carriers
  • Weapons such as folding knives, butterfly knives, sword sticks, and brass knuckles
  • Weapons disguised as something else
  • Drug equipment

Some medicines, especially controlled drugs, are also prohibited from entering New Zealand. However, prescription drugs can be brought in most cases along with a valid doctor's prescription.

Goods requiring a permit when entering New Zealand

Importation of the following goods into New Zealand must be approved in advance by MPI:

  • Ivory in any form
  • Turtle shell
  • Meat or food derived from whales, dolphins, rare cranes, pheasants, or sea turtles
  • Medicines containing musk or rhinoceros horn, or tiger derivatives such as ground horn or bone
  • Carvings made from marine mammal bones
  • Cat skins
  • Trophies of sea turtles, big cats, reptiles, cranes, pheasants, bears, antelope, and deer
  • Live animals
  • Cacti, orchids, ferns, and carnivorous plants