But, like any international move, it requires a lot of planning and preparation to make sure you get yourself and your belongings to New Zealand smoothly and safely. We can help you figure out exactly what you need to do before you make the move the Kiwi Nation.
Visa and Work Permits
As a UK citizen, you do not need a visa to enter New Zealand as a visitor for up to six months but you are required to have a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA). After arrival, you will need to make sure you meet all the requirements to satisfy a visa-free stay.
In order to live in New Zealand permanently, you will need a Resident Visa. This will allow you to live and work in the country indefinitely. There are a number of ways to get a Resident Visa so check out the New Zealand Government website to see which visa you qualify for.
Documents You Need to Move Your Belongings
Before moving to New Zealand from the UK, you will need to declare your belongings with the necessary documentation to the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI). Your goods will also be subject to inspection at the border to make sure you aren’t bringing any risk goods into the country. If you are bringing “risk items”, you must declare them. Be sure to stay up to date with other items that are prohibited from entering the country to avoid any unnecessary fines or sanctions.
You will also need to present a passenger arrival card which holds all your personal information and declares what goods you are bringing with you to New Zealand. This must be submitted by all non-citizens entering the country. As well as this, you must make sure your UK passport is at least 3 months in date. Check out the other documents you need for your move to Middle Earth.
As moving to New Zealand is slightly more complicated than asking a man with a van and some friends to pitch in on the weekend, you may want to consider using a professional removal company. Finding a trusted removal company can be time consuming and stressful, but by using an online service like Sirelo that allows you to compare several moving companies, you can organise your mover hassle-free!
Vaccinations and Health Requirements
New Zealand requires the standard vaccines such as the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella (or chickenpox), polio, and the yearly flu shot. It would be advised to visit your doctor at least one month before your move to ensure you meet all health requirements and avoid any unexpected setbacks for you move from the UK to New Zealand.
What about Importing Your Pets?
You can’t leave your furry friends behind! All pets have to be inspected upon arrival but luckily for you, cats and dogs are allowed to be imported so long as they meet these requirements:
- They have a microchip that meets the ISO standards.
- Every time your pet is examined, vaccinated or receives treatment, the microchip needs to be scanned and recorded.
- You will also need a permit and a minimum of ten-day-quarantine at a facility approved by the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI).
- Apply for a permit to import from the MPI a minimum of 20 working days in advance of the date you require the permit.
- Declare any medication the animal is taking.
Ready for Your Move to New Zealand?
As you can see it takes a bit of organisation to get ready for the big move, and it’s by no means as easy as just packing up your things and putting the boxes in your new home. But now that you’re up to date with the requirements to move to New Zealand from the UK, you are ready to take the next step on this wonderful adventure.