23 March 2023: Due to the heightened risk of FMD in Indonesia, Biosecurity New Zealand has enhanced processes in place for travellers arriving in New Zealand.
Passengers arriving on direct flights from Bali will:
- use a dedicated biosecurity lane and baggage carousel on arrival at Auckland Airport
- face additional risk assessment questioning from officers and may be directed to undergo baggage searches
- require footwear to be disinfected.
The measures build on the enhanced processes Biosecurity New Zealand introduced in July for passengers arriving on indirect flights from Indonesia, including a ban on bringing in meat products.
We encourage arriving air passengers from Indonesia to wear closed-toed shoes for their flight back to New Zealand rather than open-toed footwear like jandals/flip flops/sandals. This will speed up the process for disinfecting footwear.
Travellers can protect New Zealand from FMD by:
- avoiding contact with wildlife or livestock such as cattle, pigs, or goats
- avoiding visiting farmland or rice fields
- making sure shoes and clothing are free of any soil or dirt
- avoiding bringing back risk items, including animal-based food products and skulls or untanned leather souvenirs
- staying away from New Zealand farms or livestock for at least a week after arrival.
Passengers will be asked enhanced biosecurity questions upon arrival. These include:
- Have you been in contact with any wildlife or livestock such as cattle, pigs, or goats?
- Have you visited any farmlands (including rice fields)?
- Do you have any shoes or equipment contaminated with soil or that have been on any farmlands/rice fields?
- Do you have any animal products such as food items and souvenirs such as skulls and untanned leather?
Make sure you answer these honestly. A false declaration may incur a $400 fine.
Farmworkers from overseas
If you're a farmworker coming from places where FMD is established (including Malaysia and Indonesia) be aware of New Zealand's travel requirements. You also cannot:
- feed ruminant protein to other ruminants (such as cattle, sheep, lambs, goats, deer, alpacas, and llamas)
- feed food to pigs that could contain (or have contacted) uncooked meat.
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