Yachts & other recreational vessels

New Zealand has many beautiful marine environments and we need to protect them. If you wish to stay in the country for an extended time and be able to sail freely in our waters, we need to make sure your vessel is free of harmful pests and diseases. Find out about our biosecurity requirements.

Getting full biosecurity clearance

Most recreational vessels (yachts and leisure craft) will need a full biosecurity clearance. A full clearance allows you to sail freely in New Zealand waters and remain in the country for an extended time (more than 20 days).

It involves an inspection of the vessel by an MPI officer and removal – for disposal or treatment – of all risk goods including prohibited foods and garbage. If any signs of pests are found on board, they will be treated. We've created a step-by-step process to help you prepare for your biosecurity inspection.

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Who to contact

If you have questions about bringing a recreational vessel to New Zealand:

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