Originally Posted by CaptHotelIndia
This is a plea to anyone who can take my girlfriend and I into NZ. We are not New Zealand
citizens or residents but I have heard accounts of foreigners coming across the border as crew, with Kiwis. I posted this request a couple months ago and have had some wonderful feedback including a possible opportunity which I am optimistic about. Nothing is set in stone yet through and I just wanted to ask around again, in case the avenue we are pursuing falls through. Please contact me to chat any time. :-)
We were in NZ in March 2020 preparing our Lagoon
470 to head
up to Fiji...but weren't able to stay and are desparate to get back to our home now. We are in our 30s, wonderful cooks, and more than happy to polish stainless and clean bilges. :-) We can be ready to come aboard any time after the 9th of April.
Please drop me a line if you can help us, or know of anyone could.
David and Brey
SV Saltimbanques Des Flots
Private yachts and small craft
Arrivals on superyachts and pleasure craft are not exempt from the current
border closure. Departures will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
New Zealand waters are all water
within 12 nautical miles of our coastline.
NZ's border is currently closed to almost all travellers to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Effectively, the NZ border is closed for all but essential travel. Only NZ citizens and residents, as well as some other specified travellers, are permitted to enter NZ without having to apply for an exception.
Visa waiver crew (including Australian citizens not resident in NZ) travelling on superyachts and pleasure craft are not exempt from the closure of NZ’s border, and current
immigration instructions state they must be refused entry permission unless they meet one of the exceptions.
More information on current immigration policy, including the process to apply for an exception to the border closure can be found on Immigration New Zealand’s website.
Download the Vessels arriving in New Zealand Guide (PDF 205 KB).
Yachts and small craft
Each person aboard must have:
A valid passport, certificate of identity or other travel document
A visa (if required). For more information visit www.immigration.govt.nz
Evidence of funds of NZ$400 per month, if living on board a yacht
An outward ticket (or evidence of of sufficient funds to buy an outward ticket) if departing by commercial
Before you arrive
You must send us an Extended Notice of Arrival at least 168 hours before you arrive in NZ and also complete the Advance Notice of Arrival at least 48 hours before you arrive in NZ waters.
Extended Notice of Arrival
The Extended Notice of Arrival is an important document that all vessels coming into New Zealand will need to completed and sent to us at least 168 hours before arrival In New Zealand waters.
The form can be downloaded and submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Advance Notice of Arrival
The NZCS 340: Advance Notice of Arrival (DOC 284 KB) form will need to be completed and set to us at least 48 hours before you arrive in NZ waters.
The form can be downloaded and submitted to email@example.com
Before arrival into NZ, you are required to complete:
Form C1B: Inward Report (Small craft) (PDF 231 KB)
Ministry for Primary Industries MPI: Masters Declaration
Passenger Arrival Card (PDF 1660 KB) for each person on board.
NZCS 337: Border Cash Report (DOC 332 KB) (if applicable) if anyone is carrying NZ$10,000 or more in cash or equivalent, you must declare it on this form
Note: the Passenger Arrival card is a sample only and cannot be presented to Customs
or MPI staff.
Download the Arrival Pack (PDF 1.78 MB) that contains important information on your arrival into New Zealand.
If anyone on board has or is suspected of having an infectious disease, you must fly the international Q flag and notify health
When you arrive
When you arrive in NZ waters, tell us by calling Maritime Radio
on 1 of these frequencies:
You must report to a Customs port of entry.
Where to arrive
You must arrive at an authorised port of entry, where you will be met by Customs and Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) officers, and you can’t let any people or items off the craft until we have cleared you.