Tips on how to complete the passenger arrival card
Here are the answers to the most common questions asked about the Passenger Arrival Card for New Zealand.
- Bring a pen with you! Just in case you don’t get one given to you on the plane.
- In Section 1 for “occupation or job” simply put unemployed, if you do not have one.
- In Section 1 for “full contact or residential address” put your hostel address if you know it. If not, leave it blank.
- Do not answer section 2a, if you are not fromNew Zealand.
- In section 2b, tick the “vacation/holiday” option if you are doing a working holiday or backpacking in New Zealand.
- One of the most important parts of the card is declaration sections 5 and 6. If you don’t declare something that you should have declared, you will face a hefty fine. If in doubt, declare it!Take a look at the items listed on the card under sections5 and 6 to see what to avoid packingin your bag. If you have sports and outdoors equipment, make sure they are clean before you pack them. Get more information on this in Arrival Advice: Biosecurity and Customs in New Zealand.
- If you are from a visa waiver country, meaning that you automatically get a visitor visa when you enter New Zealand, circle “Yes” to “I do not hold a visa I am applying for a visitor visa on arrival”.
- Lastly, keep this card with your passport, as you will need to hand the card in at Customs. Learn about that process in Arrival Advice: Passport Control and Immigration.