Maritime vessels arriving in New Zealand from overseas are subject to entry requirements. A number of these relate to potential public health risks, such as ill-health among passengers and crew, or the presence of vectors such as rodents on board.
The primary aim of these requirements is to prevent the international spread of disease or other public health risks.
Passengers on vessels arriving in New Zealand need to fill out a Passenger Arrival Card (New Zealand Customs Service website). This contains information required by the various New Zealand government agencies. Copies of the card are provided on arriving vessels.
There are also a number of specific border health protection and procedural requirements that those in charge of vessels entering New Zealand need to comply with. These are described in the sections below.