- This is not current policy -
The policy in this manual ceases to be effective from 29 November 2010.
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Y2.1 Passenger responsibilities on arrival
Immigration Act 1987 s 126
Immigration Regulations 1999 regs 9, 12, 41
- Passengers, including New Zealand citizens and residents, are responsible on arrival for:
- (unless they hold a pre-cleared permit) presenting themselves to an immigration officer with a completed arrival card (and thereby making an application for a permit); and
- producing their passport or certificate of identity to an immigration officer; and
- producing, if required by an immigration officer, all or any of the following:
- their visa;
- travel tickets or evidence of onward travel arrangements;
- evidence of funds for maintenance or of sponsorship; and
- (if they are responsible for the care of a person who cannot comply with Y2.1(a)(i) and (ii) because of age or disability) complying on behalf of that person.
- A person who arrives in New Zealand other than at a (see Y2.1.1 below) must report to an immigration officer at a Customs place forthwith after arriving and then comply with the responsibilities in Y2.1(a)(i) and (ii) above.
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 a port of entry may be arrested by a member of the New Zealand Police and brought before an immigration officer.
Y2.1.1 Definition of 'Customs place'
Customs and Excise Act 1996 ss 2, 9
- 'Customs place' means a Customs port or Customs airport.
- 'Customs port' means a port of entry designated by the Chief Executive, New Zealand Customs Service, as a Customs port.
- 'Customs airport' means an airport designated by the Chief Executive, New Zealand Customs Service, as a Customs airport.