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Question about flying through AKL NZ from SYD.

Travel Forums Australia / New Zealand & The Pacific Question about flying through AKL NZ from SYD.

1. Posted by JuniorT (First Time Poster 1 posts) 20w

Hello,

I am a U.S. citizen flying to SYD. From there I will be flying from SYD to APW (Samoa) via AKL New Zealand. I will be in AKL for a 45 minute layover. I was wondering,
1st. Do I have to recheck my checked luggage?
2nd. Do I have to exit and re-enter through customs?
3rd. Do i need a Visa if im only passing by AKL?

Thanks in advance.

2. Posted by Borisborough (Respected Member 432 posts) 20w

Are you flying the two legs with the same airline ie, is the SYD to AKL part the same airline as the AKL to APW part? If so, you should be able to check your luggage all the way through to Samoa and then just be "in transit" in New Zealand and therefore you won't have to pass through customs nor immigration and you won't need a visa. But if you are travelling the two legs with different airlines, you may well have to reclaim your baggage, go through customs and immigration with a visa and then queue to get another boarding pass - you'll never get that done in 45 minutes! If you booked these tickets yourself and you aren't with the same airline for each leg, you might have a problem. If a travel agent booked these for you, you are most likely with the same airline so it should be a breeze - you might even have to stay on the plane for the 45 minutes on the tarmac.

3. Posted by hasbeen (Respected Member 602 posts) 20w

Quoting JuniorT

Hello,

I am a U.S. citizen flying to SYD. ...
3rd. Do i need a Visa if im only passing by AKL?

.

Whatever you have to do, as a US citizen you won't need a visa US State Department advice page Unless you are going to stay more than 3 months - & you really should be staying for 3 month - New Zealand is a fantastic place to visit

Steve