On this page:
- Guide to 'declare or dispose'
- Watch our inflight biosecurity video
- Passenger arrival cards
- Find out more
- Border protection fact sheet (English)
Guide to 'declare or dispose'
In New Zealand, the law is very clear.
If you are carrying goods that could be a biosecurity risk, including airline food, you must declare them or dispose of them in the marked amnesty bins at the airport or terminal where you arrive. Otherwise, don't bring them.
Our guide has more information.
Download a copy of the guide (English) [PDF, 2.3 MB]
The declare or dispose guide in other languages
Deutsch (German) [PDF, 2 MB]
中国话的 (Chinese) [PDF, 3.1 MB]
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਦੇ (Punjabi) [PDF, 2.6 MB]
हिंदी (Hindi) [PDF, 2.8 MB]
한국어 (Korean) [PDF, 2.4 MB]
Samoan [PDF, 5 MB]
Find out more about what items to declare
Watch our inflight biosecurity video
The video reminds all international visitors about the importance of protecting New Zealand (Aotearoa) from unwanted pests and diseases.
Video – Welcome to Aotearoa (1:23)
Transcript - show/hide
Welcome to Aotearoa.
Our lakes, rivers, lands and seas.
This fragile place is all we’ve got.
It’s vulnerable to pests and diseases.
That’s why we guard it, as if our way of life depends on it… Because it does. But we need your help.
Fruits, vegetables and eggs like these can’t be brought into New Zealand.
Nor can most meats, honey, cooking ingredients, herbs, and seeds or spices…
Anything made of plants or wood can carry unwanted pests or diseases that could destroy our natural environment.
Put any items you aren’t sure about in the airport amnesty bins.
Used outdoor equipment is a problem too.
If in doubt, declare it for inspection, on the arrival card.
Or ask a biosecurity officer like me.
Because once you arrive, your bags may be x-rayed and inspected.
And if you haven’t declared, you’ll be fined $400.
As a visitor here, I’ll be asking one thing of you:
Look after it. Protect it.
Declare or dispose risk items.
Avoid a $400 fine.
Hindi and Chinese versions of the inflight video on YouTube
Mandarin with traditional Chinese subtitles
Mandarin with simplified Chinese subtitles
Passenger arrival cards
The New Zealand Customs Service website has sample passenger arrival cards to download and read – for reference only.
The sample cards are available in English and:
- Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional)
- Cook Island Māori
- Czech, Dutch, Farsi, Fijian, French
- German, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian
- Japanese, Korean, Malay, Māori, Portuguese
- Punjabi, Russian, Samoan, Somali, Spanish
- Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Tongan, Urdu, and Vietnamese.
On your arrival (declarations and passenger arrival cards) – NZ Customs
Find out more
Biosecurity resources for people from India coming to New Zealand
Bringing food to New Zealand from Tonga
Our online tool: Can I bring or post it to New Zealand?
Fact sheet on border protection (English)
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