The New Zealand government is, from July 2020, allowing foreign-flagged vessels and yachts with booked-in refits or repairs to enter New Zealand.
“New Zealand is respected for its world-class trades people and has many sheltered harbours and ports where clusters of marine industry companies are well-equipped to service local and visiting vessels.
The New Zealand Government understands the huge economic value that visiting commercial vessels and yachts bring to the NZ marine industry and we are delighted that they have quickly responded to our industry’s request to allow foreign-flagged vessels, with work to be done, to be allowed into our country,” says executive director of NZ Marine, Peter Busfield.
The refits, repairs or refurbishment on a vessel/yacht applying for an exemption must be of substantial nature and not less NZ$50,000 in cost.
The new exemption rules also allow a vessel/yacht to be delivered to a business in New Zealand. For example, a vessel delivered on its own hull or on a ship to an agent that is selling the vessel in New Zealand, or a vessel being delivered to a commercial operator, are all also allowed entry. The border exemption does not allow vessels travelling for leisure to enter the country.
NZ Marine, in association with the Ministry of Health, MBIE, Immigration NZ and Maritime NZ, have developed a step-by-step guide to the process to apply for a border exemption for a visiting vessel.
This guide is available to NZ Marine member superyacht agents and NZ Marine member refit and boat yards which can assist visiting yachts wishing to visit New Zealand with a border exemption application.
All NZ Marine member companies can be found on nzmarine.com.
The New Zealand air and sea border is closed to all non-New Zealand nationals due to Covid-19. New Zealand requires all returning New Zealand nationals to go into Government-provided isolation accommodation for 14 days after arrival and to have a Covid-19 test after three days and then after 12 days of going into isolation.
New Zealand, with a total population of five million, has only 22 active cases of Covid-19 – all returning New Zealand residents currently within isolation centres – and no active Covid-19 cases in the community. There are no restrictions of activity within New Zealand with NZ Marine’s own Auckland Boat Show set to go ahead on 8th to 11th October on Auckland’s waterfront.
“As the first major boat show of the year in Australasia for 2020, we’re expecting huge crowds,” says Busfield.
The New Zealand industry, with its spring/summer season starting in October, is looking forward to a busy season with visiting yachts now seeking to visit New Zealand for refit and safe haven.