Aircraft

Every day aircraft fly to New Zealand bringing cargo and passengers. But the aircraft themselves can bring unwanted pests and diseases to New Zealand. MPI's role is to help aircraft operators and pilots meet our biosecurity requirements.



All aircraft are subject to these requirements

This process is for:

  • charter planes
  • courier planes
  • commercial airlines (including air freight)
  • corporate planes
  • private aircraft
  • military aircraft.

No matter how long your aircraft is going to remain in New Zealand, the person in charge must meet the requirements. A person in charge is usually the aircraft or airline operator or the captain.

Refer to other sections of the website if you're:

Who to contact

If you spot a live organism in the plane while flying to New Zealand notify:

  • the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)
  • the airport in the case of an emergency
  • MPI via the CAA or airport operator.

If you need to contact MPI about bringing your aircraft to New Zealand, email info@mpi.govt.nz.

You can also call the MPI clearance team in Auckland on (09) 909 8614.

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