Y2.1 Passenger responsibilities on arrival
See also Immigration Act 2009 ss 60, 103, 110, 111, 342, 344(e)
See also Immigration (Visa, Entry Permission, and Related Matters) Regulations 2010 regs 24, 29
- New Zealand citizens, if arriving at an immigration control area are responsible for:
- presenting themselves and producing their passport or certificate of identity and a completed arrival card to an immigration officer; and
- complying with any requirements to confirm New Zealand citizenship; and
- complying with any direction of an immigration officer while in the immigration control area.
- Non citizens, including permanent residents and residents, if arriving at an immigration control area, are responsible, for:
- presenting themselves to an immigration officer with a completed arrival card (and thereby making an application for entry permission and a visa (if a visa waiver applies); and
- producing their passport or certificate of identity to an immigration officer; and
- allowing biometric information to be collected when they are applying for a visa or entry permission (see A22);
- producing, if required by an immigration officer, all or any of the following:
- their visa (if held);
- travel tickets or evidence of onward travel arrangements;
- evidence of funds for maintenance or of sponsorship; and
- complying with any direction of an immigration officer while in the immigration control area (see Y2.1.1).
- If a passenger is responsible for the care of a person who cannot comply with Y2.1(a) or Y2.1(b)(i), (ii), (iv) or (v) because of age or disability, it is their responsibility to comply on behalf of that person.
Note: A passenger who applies for entry permission by completing an arrival card must provide a physical address in New Zealand under section 110 of the Immigration Act 2009.
- A person who arrives in New Zealand other than at an immigration control area (see Y2.1.1 below) must report to an immigration officer at an immigration control area within 72 hours after arriving and then comply with the responsibilities in Y2.1(a) or (b) above and any requirements prescribed in regulations.
Example: an ocean-going yacht which calls into the nearest New Zealand port for repairs or maintenance.
- A passenger who fails to comply with the responsibilities set out above or completes an arrival card in a manner that they know is false or misleading in any way, commits an offence and may be prosecuted.
- Any person who does not report, or in respect of whom it is suspected that they will not report, to an immigration officer at an immigration control area may be arrested by a constable and brought before an immigration officer.
- If a person arrives at a place other than an immigration control area and does not report to an immigration officer at an immigration control area within 72 hours - see reg 29, Immigration (Visa, Entry Permission, and Related Matters) Regulations 2010 - any visa they hold will be deemed to be cancelled under section 64,of the Immigration Act 2009.
Note: Y2.1 does not apply to people who arrive in New Zealand other than at an immigration control area who are deemed to have been granted a visa.
Y2.1.1 Definition of ‘Immigration Control Area’
See also Immigration Act 2009 s 382
An immigration control area is that part of an airport or port or any other place so designated by the Chief Executive of the Department of Labour for the processing of people arriving in or departing from New Zealand. A list and description of all immigration control areas is available:
- at every office of Immigration New Zealand, both onshore and offshore that deals with immigration matters; and
- on the Immigration New Zealand website.