Border levy rates confirmed
From 1 January 2016, there will be a new border levy in place for passengers travelling to and from New Zealand.
Passengers arriving and departing New Zealand by air will be required to pay NZD $18.76 (excl. GST), and cruise ship passengers (excluding crew) will be charged NZD $22.80 (excl. GST). The charge will be collected by airlines and cruise operators when tickets are purchased.
The Border Clearance Levy was announced earlier this year by the New Zealand Government to fund the resourcing of border clearance activities to “help keep New Zealand safe from harmful pests, people and dangerous substances”.
The initiative comes in response to continued growth in visitor arrivals to the country, with numbers expected to rise to 13.3 million by 2018/19. This growth is expected to continue at around 3.5–4% per year.
Anyone purchasing tickets and paying in full before 1 January for travel in 2016 will not have to pay the levy. Also exempt are children under two, all crew, mercantile crew and passengers, cruise and passengers in transit, the military, diplomatic and Government crisis workers.