Advance notice of arrival for private aircraft

A person in charge of a private aircraft that is arriving into New Zealand must notify both Customs and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) of their intention to land in New Zealand. All arrivals must have a Place of First Arrival that is approved by MPI. To apply to arrive by private aircraft, either a NZCS 361 form or a Form C1A must be completed and emailed to ITOCOPS@customs.govt.nz. See the information below to determine which form is appropriate for your circumstances.

This description was last updated on: Monday, 25 July 2016

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​All aircraft arriving into New Zealand must land at an approved place of first arrival (POFA) for MPI under section 17(1) and 17(3) of the Biosecurity Act 1993, unless in an emergency situation. If you plan to arrive at a location that is not listed as a POFA for your aircraft, you need to get prior approval from MPI's Director-General and other government agencies. You need to seek approval at least 10 working days before your arrival. It is an offence to arrive at a non-approved POFA port without prior approval, except in extraordinary circumstances, like an emergency. The list of approved POFAs for private flights are as follows:

​Kerikeri ​Auckland ​Hamilton ​Rotorua
​Napier ​New Plymouth ​Wellington ​Nelson
​Christchurch ​Queenstown ​Dunedin ​Invercargill
 

For further details regarding the individual requirements of each airport, please go to the MPI website.

If you want to request this special exemption, please contact aklitbOPS@mpi.govt.nz

This detail was last updated on Monday, 25 July 2016

​All craft must arrive at a designated Customs Place within working hours unless there are extenuating circumstances that necessitate it.

C1A category

If arriving at a Customs Place (Customs designated airport) you should provide Customs at least 2 hours – but preferably 24 hours – prior notice of your estimated time and place of arrival. This is done by completing our online form which will request all the information needed to make an application to arrive at a Customs Place in New Zealand from an overseas port.

Please note: All arrivals must meet Customs and MPI requirements or they will not be approved to land.

Form C1A - Aircraft Inward Report 

NZCS 361 category

If you have circumstances that necessitate landing at a port not listed above, or arriving outside their working hours, you will need to apply for approval from the Chief Executive of Customs. This is done by completing our online form, with a minimum of 5 days’ notice prior to the aircraft’s arrival. This online form will request all the information needed to make an application to arrive at a non-Customs Place or at a Customs Place outside of working hours in New Zealand from an overseas port.

Please note: All arrivals must meet Customs and MPI requirements or they will not be approved to land.

NZCS 361 - New Zealand border agencies application for aircraft to arrive at or depart from a place outside of a designated Customs airport

This detail was last updated on Monday, 25 July 2016

A person in charge of an aircraft en-route to New Zealand must provide the following information not less than two hours before its estimated time of arrival at a nominated Customs designated airport in New Zealand – or 24 hours before arrival at somewhere other than a nominated place. 

  • The type of aircraft.
  • The aircraft's registration number.
  • The aircraft's originating airport.
  • The name of every airport at which the aircraft has landed between its originating airport and arrival in New Zealand.
  • The estimated date and time of arrival of the aircraft in New Zealand.
  • The Customs designated airport at which the aircraft will arrive.
  • The name of every airport in New Zealand at which the aircraft intends to land.
  • The Customs designated airport from which the aircraft will leave New Zealand.
  • The expected time of departure and intended overseas destination.
  • The name of the person in charge of the aircraft.
  • The name and contact details of the person providing the information.
  • Details of each passenger and crew member on the aircraft, including:
    • whether they intend to stay in New Zealand or are in transit
    • full name, date of birth, gender, and nationality
    • whether the person's travel document is a passport or certificate of identity
    • the number and expiry date of the passport or certificate of identity
    • the state or organisation that issued it
    • the city in which it was issued
    • the airport at which the person embarked on the aircraft
    • the crew ranking or rating of every crew member on the aircraft.

This detail was last updated on Thursday, 12 May 2011

If the aircraft is carrying cargo – other than personal baggage – the person in charge of the aircraft is also required to provide the following information on the Advance Notice of Arrival.

  • The names of the parties involved in transporting the cargo.
  • A description of the cargo.
  • The place at which the cargo was first loaded for export.
  • If the cargo was transhipped, the place or places at which it was transhipped. (Transhipped refers to goods imported by air or sea, which have not cleared Customs control, and are being loaded onto another vessel for subsequent export).
  • The place at which the cargo is to be discharged and, if it is to be delivered elsewhere, the place of delivery and the names and addresses of the consignors and consignees of the cargo and contact parties.
  • Details of any packaging in which the cargo is packed.

The Advance Notice of Arrival information is to be completed in writing and forwarded to Customs by facsimile or email. The 24 hour contact centre to forward this information to is as follows:

Fax: +64 9 256 5202
Email: ntc.trade.evaluators@customs.govt.nz 
Phone: +64 9 927 8036

This detail was last updated on Thursday, 14 July 2011

Customs will provide immigration services on your arrival in New Zealand.

At a Customs designated airport your aircraft will be directed to an available airbridge or tarmac area and will be met by both Customs and MPI biosecurity officers. You must remain in your aircraft unless the officers have given you permission to leave. You must not unload any baggage or cargo from the aircraft until given permission. 

Documentary requirements

On arrival Customs will ask for the following documentation.

  • An Inward report – this will be your original documentation covering the information provided for the Advance Notice of Arrival.
  • A completed New Zealand Passenger Arrival Card for each person on board.
  • A valid passport or other valid travel document for each person on board.
  • Border Cash Report if persons on board have cash or bearer negotiable instruments in their possession totalling NZ$10,000 or more.
  • A clearance from your last port of departure.

This detail was last updated on Monday, 18 June 2012

Importing firearms is strictly controlled in New Zealand. All firearms must be declared to the Customs officer on arrival. Firearms on board will be taken and kept in safe keeping by the New Zealand Police who will hold them until the craft's departure.

The importation of weapons such as flick knives, swordsticks, knuckle-dusters, and any weapon designed to give the appearance of another article, is prohibited.

In addition, the importation of items such as tasers, pepper sprays and other similar weapons are prohibited from import into New Zealand, and cannot be imported without first obtaining a permit to import issued by the New Zealand Police.

Further information regarding the importation of firearms and offensive or prohibited weapons can be obtained from the New Zealand Police or by phoning +64 4 474 9499.
 

This detail was last updated on Monday, 09 December 2013

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