Advice for commercial, trade, cargo and recreational vessels

Advice for passengers and crew arriving in New Zealand on a foreign registered commercial or recreational vessel, yacht or small craft.

Commercial, trade and cargo vessels

People entering New Zealand on a foreign trade, cargo or other commercial vessel must:

  • have a valid passport
  • have a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) to enter New Zealand, if applicable
  • provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before they disembark the ship (except for approved essential tasks) and report their result.

What you need to do when you arrive

Advice for trade and cargo vessels | Ministry of Health (external link)

Recreational vessels, yachts and small craft

Foreign registered recreational vessels — including super yachts — must meet Customs arrival rules.

All passengers and crew must have:

  • a valid passport
  • a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) to enter New Zealand, if applicable
  • proof of vaccination
  • at least NZ$400 per month, if living on board a yacht
  • a ticket to leave New Zealand — if departing on commercial transport.

What you need to do when you arrive

Maritime border | New Zealand Customs (external link)

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