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Travellers flying to New Zealand can now do their arrival declaration online

08.05am 22 August 2023 | News

Travellers arriving into all New Zealand international airports now have the option to complete a digital declaration instead of a paper arrival card, before travelling to New Zealand.

Travellers can complete a digital declaration online at or via the NZTD mobile app. There is a paper declaration form available, for travellers who cannot complete it online.

The New Zealand Traveller Declaration system collects travel, customs, immigration and biosecurity information.

Phased go-live of the system at Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown airports shows it takes less than 10 minutes to complete – and it can be done before a traveller starts their journey to New Zealand.

The declaration is linked to a traveller’s passport and is automatically assessed when scanned on arrival in New Zealand.

“Over the past few months, we have tested the system and operational processes across all New Zealand international airports. These trials have proved the technology works and helped to prepare border staff for the introduction,” says Customs’ NZTD Senior Responsible Owner Sharon May.

“There’s already been a positive response to the New Zealand Traveller Declaration with over 20,000 travellers choosing to complete a digital declaration since the system has been available for people arriving at Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown airports,” says Sharon May.

Customs is delivering the New Zealand Traveller Declaration, working alongside the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (Immigration New Zealand), the Ministry for Primary Industries (Biosecurity New Zealand), and the Ministry of Health.

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