Importing Firearms - New Zealand Police
Importing firearms into New Zealand
When you arrive in New Zealand you must:
- Declare all firearms to New Zealand Customs Officials
- Declare all firearms to the New Zealand Police
- Apply for a Visitors Firearms Licence (T licence) which is valid for one year
- Apply to the Airport Police at the International Airport for a Permit to Import
Permit to Import
You need approval to bring firearms into New Zealand.
Provided your firearms are of the type approved for import into New Zealand, you will receive your Permit for Import immediately on your arrival.
Please check if your firearms are of the approved type before you arrive in New Zealand. The list of approved firearms is available here or by supplying details of the make and model of the firearms to:
Licensing and Vetting Service Centre
Police National Headquarters
PO Box 3017
Phone: +64 44749539
Fax +64 44991065
Email the firearms team
If the type of firearm you wish to import into New Zealand is not currently approved it will be sent to the New Zealand Police Armoury, who will either approve or decline your application. If your application is declined, Police will retain your firearms until you leave New Zealand.
The importation of pistols, military style assault rifles known in New Zealand as MSSAs (military style semi-automatics) and automatic firearms is strictly controlled by the New Zealand Police. You are advised not to arrive in New Zealand with any restricted firearms other than with a permit to import.
Other Restricted Weapons
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