Your approved visitor firearms licence will be issued to you by New Zealand Police upon your arrival in New Zealand.
Your approved visitor firearms licence is valid between the dates specified on your licence (based on your arrival date and departure date).
If you are arriving by air, airport staff will direct you to the nearest Police desk or office at your arrival airport. The New Zealand Airport Police will then:
- check your passport
- check your firearms licence issued by the country you live in
- check, if you applied to bring firearms into New Zealand, all firearms and parts.
- issue a visitor firearms licence to you and (if applicable) a permit to import firearms and/or parts
If you are arriving by sea-port, go to the nearest local Police station in the area to pick up your approved visitor firearms licence.
- If you only applied for a visitor firearms licence and did not apply to bring firearms or ammunition with you as part of your application, then you will not be allowed to bring any firearms or ammunition into New Zealand with you.
- If you applied to bring firearms or ammunition with you as part of your application, you can only bring the firearm(s) or ammunition that have been approved by Police for you to import. These will be stated in your approved visitor firearms licence email.
- You must declare all firearms and ammunition to New Zealand Customs officials.
- If you arrive with firearms or ammunition that are not listed in your approved visitor firearms licence email, then they will be seized by New Zealand Customs.