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Ships and boats border clearance

Vessels arriving in New Zealand must meet strict biosecurity requirements to prevent the introduction of pests and diseases to New Zealand. Requirements include arriving at a place of first arrival approved to accept your vessel type and cargo.

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COVID-19 and the maritime sector

The New Zealand Customs Service website has information about new COVID-19-related health requirements and controls for arriving into New Zealand via the maritime border. The website includes information for recreational vessels, commercial ships, and cruise liners.

New Zealand Customs Service

Comprehensive information about travel to New Zealand is available on the Unite Against Covid, Ministry of Health and Immigration NZ websites.

Unite Against Covid

Ministry of Health

Immigration NZ

Who to contact

If you have questions about bringing a vessel to New Zealand: