Getting full biosecurity clearance
Most recreational vessels (yachts and leisure craft) will need a full biosecurity clearance. A full clearance allows you to sail freely in New Zealand waters and remain in the country for an extended time (more than 28 days).
It involves an inspection of the vessel by an MPI officer and removal – for disposal or treatment – of all risk goods including prohibited foods and garbage. If any signs of pests are found on board, they will be treated. We've created a step-by-step process to help you prepare for your biosecurity inspection.
If you are importing a yacht or a recreational vessel as cargo, it would need to meet the import health standard for vehicles, machinery, and parts.