New Zealand entry requirements
Some flights to New Zealand include a stop off in Los Angeles, so as well as being prepared for entering New Zealand you need to ensure that you are following the required procedures to transit through LA as well.
Following the advice below will ensure that there are no unnecessary delays when arriving in either country.
Passports and visas
Your passport must be valid for at least three months beyond the date you leave New Zealand and must be machine readable for transit through Los Angeles. Passports issued on or after 26 October 2006 will have to include biometric data for transit through Los Angeles. A visa is not required by holders of UK passports, as long as you are described as a “British Citizen” on the personal information page. If you hold any other passport, you should contact your consulate or embassy to find out about requirements.
Transit through Los Angeles
British machine readable passport holders who are also British citizens need to follow no special procedures for their brief transit through the USA at Los Angeles airport. Forms regarding the transit formalities will be handed to you on the plane, so make sure you have a pen with you. Anyone who does not hold a British machine readable passport, or who does but whose status is anything other than that of British citizen should be especially sure to check transit requirements before travelling.
A machine readable passport can be identified by the presence of two lines of text as letters, numbers and “<”s, printed at the foot of the personal identification page at the back of the passport. Further information is available at www.usembassy.org.uk.
Transit arrangements are very strict in the USA, so please be patient and expect to queue more than once during your transit through Los Angeles airport. Be sure to take the normal precautions with your valuables that you would in any large city.
No sharp objects, including pen knives or nail scissors, must be taken into the plane cabin. All liquids may also be refused in cabin baggage, unless you can prove, with appropriate certification, that they are for essential use (please check your airline’s documentation for its specific policy on this).
Because of the importance of agriculture and horticulture to the New Zealand economy, certain animal products, fruit, plant materials or foodstuffs that could contain plant or animal pests may not be allowed into the country. You should also make sure that shoes do not have soil or dirt attached to them – fines may apply.
Bringing goods into the UK
You are entitled to the allowances shown below
- 200 cigarettes; or 100 cigarillos; or 50 cigars; or 250g of tobacco
- 60cc of perfume
- 2 litres of still table wine
- 250cc of eau de toilette
- 1 litre of spirits or strong liqueurs over 22 per cent volume; or 2 litres of fortified wine, sparkling wine or other liqueurs such as port or sherry
- £145 worth of all other goods, including gifts and souvenirs.
If you want to bring back more, you will have to declare it to customs on your way back and pay Customs duty and VAT. For more information, visit http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk.