Change in entry period for visiting yachts and small craft 11/12/2013

From today, 11 December 2013, the temporary entry period for super yachts, yachts and small craft visiting New Zealand has changed from 12 to 24 months. Read the Minister of Customs’ announcement.

Visiting vessels are granted a temporary entry to exempt owners from paying Customs charges, provided they are not used commercially or sold, and depart within the time period.

The process and criteria remain the same. Find out more about the arrival of private yachts and small craft. Customs Fact Sheet 32 - Arrival of yachts and small craft in New Zealand also details the temporary entry requirements.

The change in entry period allows yacht-owners additional time to get vessel repairs and refits done, and has been done in conjunction with the NZ Marine Industry Association.

Yacht owners who arrived in New Zealand after July 2013 can apply for an extension by sending their vessel and entry details to It may take up to four weeks to process requests.

Those wanting to stay longer than two years should contact Customs. These requests will be treated on a case-by-case basis.

For further information, contact:
New Zealand freephone: 0800 428 786 (0800 4 CUSTOMS)
Outside New Zealand phone: +64 9 927 8036
Fax: +64 3 358 0069

This page was last updated on: Thursday, 13 February 2014 .

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