Small craft FAQs
Here are some of the Frequently Asked Questions we receive from small craft operators.
On my journey to Opua, I was hailed on VHF16 from an aircraft. Does New Zealand monitor the coastline?
Yes. New Zealand works with all agencies in monitoring our coastline and approaches to New Zealand. This includes aircraft and waterborne assets. Also, for verification purposes, there is an expectation for transmitting on AIS or other forms such as Predict Wind. If using Predict Wind, Iridium GO, or any other similar tracking capability, forward the link to Customs.
I have been fully vaccinated in another country, do I still need to isolate once I arrive in New Zealand?
If I need to go into a Managed Isolation Facility, will I have to book and pay, and how much would I have to pay?
In regards to the booking, we plan ahead with the MIQ Planners to allow for this. As for payment, visit MIQ's website.
Once I arrive at Opua, when will I be swabbed/tested?
Swabbing/testing will occur on day 12. However, if you arrive after midday on Friday, the swab/test will be taken on the following Monday.
Can I arrive at another port in New Zealand other than Opua?
No. Opua has been set up to control and manage arriving small craft in a safe manner, with strict protocols and staffing available.
I have a foreign registered vessel (not NZ registered). All of the crew are New Zealand citizens (NZ passport holders). Do I need to apply for Ministry of Health (MoH) exemption?
No. Clause 10 (1)(a) and (b) COVID-19 Public Health Response (Maritime Border) Order (No 2) 2020 allow for this situation and provide for exemption.
I have a foreign registered vessel (not NZ registered). Not all of the crew are New Zealand citizens (NZ passport holders). Do I need to apply for Ministry of Health (MoH) exemption?
Yes. MoH approval will be required to bring the vessel into NZ and Immigration NZ visas would be required.
I have a NZ registered vessel. Not all of the crew are New Zealand citizens (NZ passport holders). I am married to an Australian. Do I need to apply for Ministry of Health exemption?
No. As it is NZ registered, you do not require MoH exemption as the vessel is registered in NZ. However, all non-NZ citizens (including Australian citizens) require the appropriate Immigration NZ visas.
Can we stop on the way, such as Minerva Reef?
Any stops or interactions on the way to NZ will reset the isolation period. If you have to make a stop for safety reasons, do so. But be aware that the minimum 14 day isolation period will reset.
We have heard that arriving into Opua before day 12 will require being transferred to a Managed Isolation Facility. Why can’t I stay on my boat?
That is correct. This was done under consultation with a number of agencies and has considered factors and risks for those arriving into New Zealand.
If you arrive less than 12 days since your last port of call or contact with a person not part of your crew:
You will be given an initial health assessment, which may include a temperature check. The assessment will focus on the symptoms of COVID-19 and your travel and exposure history.
What are the charges/fees for my vessel to be berthed at Opua?
This information can be obtained from Bay of Islands Marina staff.
Website: Bay of Island Marina
Phone: +64 9 402 7124
Fax: +64 9 402 6124