The New Zealand (NZ) border is currently closed to almost all travellers, with limited exceptions, to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The border will begin opening to those seeking travel to New Zealand from mid-April 2022. For more information, please visit the NZ Immigration website. Please note, anyone seeking a visitor licence will need to apply for one a minimum of four months before intended arrival in NZ – this will ensure applications are resolved before arrival. Visit News and updates for further information.
Apply for a visitor firearms licence
A visitor firearms licence will allow you to use firearm(s) for hunting or competitions in New Zealand. The visitor firearms licence is valid for the time specified on the approved visitor firearms licence, which will be determined by the intended length of your stay in New Zealand. If you are intending to bring firearms into New Zealand, the details of your firearms types will be assessed to ensure that the correct permits and endorsements are granted and stipulated on your approved visitor firearms licence.
To apply for a visitor firearms licence or to login to an existing application, click on the RealMe login button below.
Eligibility criteria for a visitor firearms licence
Before you start
The application process
Bringing firearms into New Zealand
Importing prohibited offensive weapons other than firearms
When you arrive in New Zealand
Leaving New Zealand with firearms
Web browser capability
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