Unscheduled flights

Unscheduled flights are those such as charter flights, freighters, or helicopters from overseas fishing vessels, which are not part of a routine flight schedule and have not been granted pratique (health clearance and permission to disembark and unload) in New Zealand.

Public health units should have arrangements for local airports to notify them when an unscheduled flight arrives from overseas. Such arrivals are then met by the Medical Officer of Health or a health protection officer, who must grant pratique before passengers and crew are allowed to leave the vicinity of the aircraft.

Captains of unscheduled flights should take all reasonable steps to inform health authorities of their arrival and prohibit passengers and crew from leaving the vicinity of the aircraft until a certificate of pratique has been issued.

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