Declare or dispose resources in other languages
Resources available in other languages to help you know what items to declare on your arrival to New Zealand.
On this page:
- Guide to 'declare or dispose'
- Watch our inflight biosecurity video
- Video for cruise ship passengers
- Passenger arrival cards
- Find out more
- Border protection fact sheet (English)
In New Zealand, the law is very clear.
If you are carrying goods that could be a biosecurity risk, including airline food, you must declare them or dispose of them in the marked amnesty bins at the airport or terminal where you arrive. Otherwise, don't bring them.
Our guide has more information.
Download a copy of the guide (English) [PDF, 913 KB]
Deutsch (German) [PDF, 2 MB]
中国话的 (Chinese) [PDF, 3.1 MB]
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਦੇ (Punjabi) [PDF, 2.6 MB]
हिंदी (Hindi) [PDF, 2.8 MB]
한국어 (Korean) [PDF, 2.4 MB]
Samoan [PDF, 5 MB]
The video reminds all international visitors about the importance of protecting New Zealand (Aotearoa) from unwanted pests and diseases.
Video – Welcome to Aotearoa (1:23)
Welcome to Aotearoa.
Our lakes, rivers, lands and seas.
This fragile place is all we’ve got.
It’s vulnerable to pests and diseases.
That’s why we guard it, as if our way of life depends on it… Because it does. But we need your help.
Fruits, vegetables and eggs like these can’t be brought into New Zealand.
Nor can most meats, honey, cooking ingredients, herbs, and seeds or spices…
Anything made of plants or wood can carry unwanted pests or diseases that could destroy our natural environment.
Put any items you aren’t sure about in the airport amnesty bins.
Used outdoor equipment is a problem too.
If in doubt, declare it for inspection, on the arrival card.
Or ask a biosecurity officer like me.
Because once you arrive, your bags may be x-rayed and inspected.
And if you haven’t declared, you’ll be fined $400.
As a visitor here, I’ll be asking one thing of you:
Look after it. Protect it.
Declare or dispose risk items.
Avoid a $400 fine.
Hindi and Chinese versions of the inflight video on YouTube
Watch our 'declare or dispose' video for cruise ship passengers.
Welcome to New Zealand, a land with a unique environment and biodiversity.
Because New Zealand is so special, it's important to protect it, and there are laws in place you need to know about. Any of these bags, including your bags, could without you knowing be carrying pests and disease that would harm New Zealand's environment or economy. If you are ending your cruise and disembarking in New Zealand you must tell a biosecurity inspector about certain things you may have in your bags.
We need to know if you have fruit, meat, or animal products, honey, or if you are carrying shells or wooden souvenirs, and outdoor or sports equipment. We also need to know if you've been doing outdoor activities in another country such as playing golf, visiting nature parks, or going on farm tours. You may have picked up dirt or seeds in your footwear. Declare any of this on the arrival card if you have been given one. If you have something to declare tell us more on the biosecurity card. We may inspect items before you disembark.
If you're not sure, declare. If you are going ashore for day trips or sightseeing in New Zealand, you cannot take any food products off the ship. Our detector dogs and staff are trained to find any food or plants.
If you fail to declare, for any reason, you could be fined a minimum of $400 instantly.
Deliberate offending can result in harsher penalties.
Help us protect New Zealand. Don't forget.
Declare or dispose. It is New Zealand law.
[End of transcript]
The New Zealand Customs Service website has sample passenger arrival cards to download and read – for reference only.
The sample cards are available in English and:
- Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional)
- Cook Island Māori
- Czech, Dutch, Farsi, Fijian, French
- German, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian
- Japanese, Korean, Malay, Māori, Portuguese
- Punjabi, Russian, Samoan, Somali, Spanish
- Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Tongan, Urdu, and Vietnamese.
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