What to Do When Passing Through Customs and Biosecurity in Niue
Niue is an island that takes the health of its land, water and people (and its taxes) seriously. For this reason, there is a strict Customs and Biosecurity procedure for arriving in Niue from overseas. From completing a form on your flight or cruise to passing through Passport Control, Biosecurity and Customs, there are some extra steps you must go through that you might not be used to (unless you are from New Zealand, Australia or another South Pacific Island, then the process is very similar). Nevertheless, just so you know what to expect or need a refresher, here’s some arrival advice for passing through Biosecurity and Customs in Niue.
What to Expect When Arriving in Niue
Since you can only take a flight to Niue from New Zealand, chances are you have experienced an arrivals process in New Zealand similar to what is experienced in Niue. Nonetheless, if you need a refresher, this quick step-by-step should help:
- Complete the Niue Passenger Arrival Card given to you during your flight or at the arrivals area of Hanan Airport
- Land in Niue and pass through Passport Control, allowing them to view your passport and Passenger Arrival Card
- Collect your baggage from the Baggage Claim area
- See Quarantine and Customs Officers, handing over your Passenger Arrival Card and declaring potential risk goods
- Enjoy your holiday in Niue!
Learn more about this step-by-step arrivals process in Airport Arrival in Niue – Hanan Airport.
The Niue Passenger Arrival Card
During your flight or cruise to Niue, you will be given a Niue Passenger Arrival Card to complete. The form is displayed on a double-sided card with a tear-off strip with additional Immigration, Customs, Biosecurity and Health information, as well as advertisement. Don’t tear off this strip.
The form must be completed for each individual passenger, including children and infants. Passenger arrival cards must also be completed in English, in capital letters and with either blue or black ink.
The Niue Passenger Arrival Card asks for your personal details, such as your name, date of birth, sex, marital status, passport number, occupation, address, etc. You must also tick appropriate answers to the purpose of your trip, as well as answer some simple “Yes” and “No” questions to declare things concerning Customs, Biosecurity and Health. We’ll go into more detail about declarable items in the section below.
For more information on the Passenger Arrival Card, see our complete guide to the Niue Passenger Arrival Card.
Passing Through Biosecurity / Quarantine and Customs
Once you have landed at Hanan International Airport in Niue, get your complete Niue Passenger Arrival Card and passport ready for inspection. These will be first inspected at the Passport Control desk by an Immigration Officer. The Immigration Officer may ask questions regarding your answers on the Passenger Arrival Card. Your passport and Passenger Arrival Card will be returned to you to take to the next stage of the arrival process.
After going through Passport Control, you will be directed to the Baggage Claim area to retrieve the luggage that you had checked-in for your flight. Once your bags are retrieved, go to the “Quarantine – Customs” desk to see a Biosecurity/Customs Officer. They will take your Passenger Arrival Card to see if you have anything to declare. You can also declare items verbally.
What to Declare
So what sort of things do you need to declare? In short, declarable items include:
- Goods that may be prohibited or restricted, including medicines, weapons, indecent publications, endangered species of flora or fauna, illicit drugs or drug paraphernalia
- Alcohol over the personal concession (3.5l of spirits or 3.5l of liqueur or 3.5l of wine or 8l of canned beer or a combination of the above provided that the total does not exceed 3.5l). See The Duty-Free Allowances for Niue for more information
- Goods including gifts and souvenirs obtained or purchased duty-free with a combined value of more than NZ$500
- Goods carried for business or commercial use or goods carried on behalf of another person
- A total of NZ$10,000 or more in cash (including bearer negotiable instruments) or the foreign equivalent currency
- Any food
- Animal or animal products
- Plant or plant products
- Equipment used with animals, plants or water
- Items that have been used outdoors
- If you have visited a forest, had contact with animals or visited properties that farm/process animals or plants in the last 30 days
- Human remains or holy water
- If you have an infectious disease
- If you have any of the Passenger Arrival Card’s listed health symptoms.
If you are unsure whether to declare something or not, declare it anyway! The more honest you are through the Biosecurity and Customs process, the quicker and easier it will be. For a complete list of declarable items, see What to Declare When Arriving in Niue.
What Happens if Risk Goods are Found in Your Baggage
So what happens if you have a risk good that you have declared or a risk good is found in your baggage that you haven’t declared? What about if you declared something that doesn’t need to be declared?
Declaring Items That Don’t Need to Be Declared
If you declare an item and the item is not restricted or prohibited to be imported in Niue, you will be allowed to enter Niue without further action.
An Undeclared Risk Item is Found
If an undeclared risk item is found in your possession or in your luggage, you could face penalties, such as the confiscation of goods, fines, prosecution, imprisonment or deportation.
Declared Items that are Restricted or Prohibited
If you have declared an item that is restricted or prohibited from entering Niue, then the actions taken depend on what the item is. For paying duty, you may be asked to complete a Customs form and pay the required duty. For items that are considered a risk by Biosecurity, you may have the option of the item being destroyed or re-exported to the country of origin under Biosecurity supervision at your expense. Treatment of the item may also be an option, where biosecurity fees will apply. For health issues, you may be required to undergo a medical examination by a Health Officer.