Private planes


Arriving in New Zealand

If you’re coming into NZ on a private plane, you must land at an airport that is approved by both Customs and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

Read our Advice for Travellers (PDF 254 KB).

Approved airports

If you’re arriving at a Customs airport, you must tell us at least 2 – and preferably 24 – hours before you land. You must arrive during working hours unless there are extenuating circumstances. Send a completed Form C1A: Inward Report (PDF 123 KB) to itocops@customs.govt.nz.

When you arrive, Customs and MPI biosecurity officers will come to meet you. Don’t let any people, luggage or cargo leave the plane until the officers give you permission.

You must give the officers:

Non-approved airports

If you can’t land at a Customs airport, or you’re arriving outside working hours, you must get approval at least 5 working days in advance.

Complete NZCS 361: Application for aircraft arrival/departure (DOC 353 KB). Send your completed form to itocops@customs.govt.nz.

Fact Sheet 46: Craft arrivals and departures (PDF 1.3 MB).

If you can’t land at an MPI-approved airport, you must get permission at least 10 working days in advance, unless there is an emergency.

Border clearance levy

You must pay a Border Clearance Levy whenever you cross New Zealand's border. We will send an invoice to the email address you give us on your advance notice of arrival and departures forms.

The levy is:

  • NZ$18.21 (including GST) for every person over 2 years old arriving
  • NZ$3.37 (including GST) for every person over 2 years old departing.

You can pay your arrival and departure levies at the same time. You must pay them before you leave NZ. You can pay online at pay.customs.govt.nz.

If you’re arriving at a non-approved airport, there may be extra charges.

Cargo

If you’re bringing in cargo that isn’t personal luggage, the person in charge of the plane must also give us the following information on the advance notice of arrival:

  • the names of the people involved in transporting the cargo
  • a description of the cargo
  • the place where the cargo was loaded for export
  • the place where the cargo is being offloaded
  • details of any packaging the cargo is in
  • if it’s going to be delivered somewhere, the names and addresses of the people it’s going to
  • if the cargo was transhipped, where it was transhipped. Transhipped refers to items which are:
    • being imported
    • haven’t cleared Customs
    • are being loaded onto another plane or boat/ship for export.

You can send us the advance notice of arrival, and these details, by:

Firearms and weapons

You may not be allowed to bring some items into NZ, including firearms and weaponry. You must declare any firearms when you arrive. NZ Police will take them and stow them safely until you leave NZ.

Some weapons are prohibited items, and you won’t be able to bring them in. These include:

  • flick knives
  • butterfly knives
  • swordsticks
  • knuckle-dusters
  • any weapon disguised as something else.

You must get permission to bring in items such as tasers, pepper spray and similar items.

Contact the police before you leave, to have your weapons returned.

Leaving NZ

The person in charge of your plane must tell us you’re leaving. There are no MPI requirements for leaving.

When you leave, you must give us:

  • a completed NZ passenger departure card for every person on the plane (Statistics NZ)
  • a completed NZCS 337: Border Cash Report (PDF 46 KB) if anyone on board is carrying NZ$10,000 or more cash or equivalent
  • a valid passport or other travel document for each person on board
  • a clearance from your last port of departure.

When we clear you, we'll give you a Form C3A: Certificate of Clearance (DOC 242 KB). You may then leave NZ.

Approved airports

If you’re leaving from an approved airport, you must tell us at least 2 – and preferably 24 – hours before you depart.

Complete Form C2A: Advance notice of departure (aircraft) (DOC 150 KB) and email it to itocops@customs.govt.nz.

Non-approved airports

If you can’t leave from a Customs airport, or you’re arriving outside working hours, you must get approval at least 5 working days in advance.

Complete NZCS 361: Application for aircraft arrival/departure (DOC 353 KB). Send your completed form to itocops@customs.govt.nz.

Fact Sheet 46: Craft arrivals and departures (PDF 1.3 MB).