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Private yachts and sailing craft

Arrivals on superyachts and pleasure craft are not exempt from the current border closure. Departures will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.


New Zealand’s border is currently closed to almost all travellers to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Effectively, the New Zealand border is closed for all but essential travel. Only New Zealand citizens and residents, as well as some other specified travellers, are permitted to enter New Zealand without having to apply for an exception.

Visa waiver crew (including Australian citizens not resident in New Zealand) travelling on superyachts and pleasure craft are not exempt from the closure of New Zealand’s border, and current immigration instructions state they must be refused entry permission unless they meet one of the exceptions.

More information on current immigration policy, including the process to apply for an exception to the border closure can be found on Immigration New Zealand’s website.


All superyachts and pleasure craft looking to depart New Zealand during the current border restrictions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis prior to approval being given.

The assessment will take into account the presence of or reasonable suspicion of COVID-19 in those on board, and that vessels and crew are adequately prepared for their journey and do not pose a high threat to public health.

For more information regarding departing from New Zealand, please email

Extension to temporary entry requests

If you wish to apply for an extension to a temporary Import Clearance for a yacht that is due to expire please email all the following documents to:

  • Passport
  • Copy of the C4G
  • Evidence of value, registration and insurance documents
  • Planned date of departure

In the subject line put the name of the vessel and yacht extension time requested.  Any extension requests beyond September 2020 will be considered on a case by case basis.