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Customs protecting the New Zealand border.

The New Zealand Customs Service(external link) protects New Zealand's borders. Its job is to make sure that all goods and people entering and exiting New Zealand do so according to New Zealand laws and regulations.

The New Zealand Customs Service website provides information on:

Biosecurity at the border

New Zealand ferns.
Biosecurity protecting our environment

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)(external link) looks after New Zealand's biosecurity system. Their work includes: facilitating international trade, protecting the health of New Zealanders and ensuring the welfare of our environment, flora and fauna, marine life and Maori resources.

MPI's Biosecurity NZ website provides information on:

Importation of prescription medication

Information about the importation of medicines can be found on the New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority (Medsafe) website(external link).

NZeTA - a new travel requirement for visitors to NZ

The New Zealand Government has introduced a new travel requirement for some transit passengers. It’s called the NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) and travellers need to request theirs via the official mobile app or website.

Colombian and Ecuadorian passport holders transiting through New Zealand on their way to another country need an NZeTA before they board their plane.

Approval can take up to 72 hours, so get it before you go. Visit the official government website Immigration New Zealand - NZeTA(external link) or mobile app (search for NZeTA on your phone).

Colombian and Ecuadorean passport holders travelling to New Zealand will need a visa. For information on this process visit Immigration New Zealand - Visa options(external link).

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