July 19, 2021
The New Zealand Borders remain closed to international travellers, but entry to yachts and their crew is possible with approval from the Ministry of Health.
Under the current regime yachts may enter New Zealand for the repair and maintenance through a 3 step process:
Step 1: Submit an application to the Ministry of Health for the vessel
Duration: 3 - 4 weeks processing time
Step 2: On approval of step 1, submit an application to MBIE for the crew to arrive on board and in turn be invited to apply for a visitor visa
Duration: 1 - 2 weeks processing time
Step 3: On approval of step 2, submit individual crew visa applications for the non-New Zealand / Australian passport holders
Duration: 2 - 7 days processing time
In regards to the repair and maintenance taking place onboard, there are plenty of well-established shipyards and sub-contractors that will be available to support the vessel. If required 37South can make recommendations and introductions as required.
Please note that crew rotations currently are very difficult, we are generally only seeing Captains, Chief Engineers and Officers granted approval to fly into the country unless they hold a New Zealand Passport. Arriving onboard is no problem for any nationality.