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does immigration for nz check for funds?

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1. Posted by jazzbrit (Full Member 98 posts) 9y

Heya i'm flying to NZ (eeekk) from weds with $nz 2,000 and a single flight..
Do immigration check for proof of funds and a return flight like they do in Australia or are they fairly relaxed about this..? Cause if they do I'm going to have to re think.. lol

Jazz

2. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

I think it all depends on what they think of you ie are you a threat of breaking the rules of entering the country or not. Like if you come in have an eye ring in each eye brow, got a piercing between your nostrils, lip piercings, tatoos all over your body where they can see etc they may think you are a criminal or are quite possibly going to get up to problems. If you are a normal looking person who dresses reasonable and they have no reason to think you are going to break the rules ie you don't look nervous etc, then they probably wont ask for proof and will just take your word if they even ask. I hold an Australian passport and when I entered New Zealand about the most they cared about was if I had any fruit or vegetables in my possession as that is a big no no and don't even try your luck with it. They may have been a little more easy going towards me seeing Australia and New Zealand have a good relationship when it comes to letting each other in, but I know even as an Australian coming in to the country I am a citizen I got a going over on my return.

Regularly when entering countries they will ask what are you going to do, where are you staying, how long are you going to be here etc, but if you say I am going to visit this place, that place and be here for a week (or how ever long you are planning on being there) before departing for ......, then they don't check to see your ticket. I think America and Canada are about the only places that they have asked to check my ticket not taking my word for what I have said. I think if you held an African country passport or some country who generally have very poor citizens then you'd be certain to be asked, but a UK passport would probably be less likely to get asked unless you look like you may get up to trouble.

[ Edit: Edited on May 6, 2007, at 5:54 AM by aharrold45 ]

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3720 posts) 9y

hiya jazz

NZ immigration didn't ask me for proof of funds and of all the travellers i met over there none had been asked either. However the one way ticket could be a problem depending on what visa you are on - if you have a working holiday visa you will be fine, but if you are only on a tourist visa this is likely to be a problem - it is the airline's duty not to let you board if you do not hold a return ticket if the visa that you have requires this. I entered NZ on a one way ticket and at check in at sydney airport this was queried, until it was established that onward travel was waived on my working holiday visa, so they do check.

4. Posted by jazzbrit (Full Member 98 posts) 9y

I didn't know about the onward travel from NZ.. I rocked up to perth airport this morning and qantas wouldn't let me on board the flight.. because I didn't have a flight out of nz.
Qantas changed my flight to nz for tomo and I booked a flight from NZ to the uk for next year..
So I hope immigration don't check for funds.. because the flight has nearly wiped me out of cash!!!
Luckily I have friends in new zealand so I can stay with them until I find a job!!!!
Thank you for all your advice I really really appreciate it!!!!!!

Jazz

5. Posted by Neily03 (Full Member 110 posts) 9y

Quoting jazzbrit

I didn't know about the onward travel from NZ.. I rocked up to perth airport this morning and qantas wouldn't let me on board the flight.. because I didn't have a flight out of nz.
Qantas changed my flight to nz for tomo and I booked a flight from NZ to the uk for next year..
So I hope immigration don't check for funds.. because the flight has nearly wiped me out of cash!!!
Luckily I have friends in new zealand so I can stay with them until I find a job!!!!
Thank you for all your advice I really really appreciate it!!!!!!

Jazz

If you're on a WHV then you don't need a flight out....

6. Posted by mikescott (Budding Member 23 posts) 9y

Unless you're carrying over NZ$10,000 (which I think would be just over GBP3000), don't worry about the funds thing. But no fruit and veges and definately NOT any drugs - you will get caught! As our friend above me said, if you're on a WHV you're okay, but it's best to have a return flight booked. This is most important if you're checking into Singapore Changi, as they always check and if you don't, it makes it very difficult to fly out.

Hope this helps.

Mike