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Beanb41

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  1. Beanb41

    Entering NZ with medications...

    Yes it can be in checked baggage but one runs a risk if one's bags go missing and one's meds with it. THe first item we put in our carry on is our meds in case the bags disappear. If meds that are declared are in ones carry on they can be shown to the customs officer rather than have ones bags turned over and the subsequent delays. One can never take border officials for granted. 99% of the time they are great but that 1% when they get out of the bed the wrong way of have an argument at home they can be grumpy and officious.
  2. Don't declare and run the risk of long explanations should they do a random baggage search or declare and explain what you have to a customs official and be on your way probably barely stopping in the out queue your choice. I am amazed how many people use forums like this for " official" policy when crossing borders rather than go direct to the relevant website of the country involved. I know what I would do and that's be open and upfront. Saves so much time and hassle .
  3. Manufacturers samples should be declared
  4. Beanb41

    Entry Declare form (Not VISA)

    Sudafed is a precursor to making more potent illicit Class drugs and has been banned in NZ for many years. The above experience despite doubters to the contrary reinforces my advice to have a list available of all meds carried which can be produced on demand. Had the Sudafed not been declared and found during a random bag search the end result would have been long delays at the airport and whilst unlikely in this instance arrest for importation of class A drugs. Declare declare and you are on your way. Border protection staff are not interested in personal meds
  5. It is not uncommon for staff to be moved at short notice to cover illness resignations etc. On one cruise one of the senior sales staff in the shopping mall was given 24 hours notice to fly halfway across the world to fill a vacancy.
  6. Beanb41

    Entering NZ with medications...

    Don't stress yourself. As I have said previously Border Protection people are not after you and your meds. I make a list of all meds prescription and over the counter which includes supplements and carry it in my carry on baggage. I have never actually had to produce it. I have been referred to customs for checking but that took about two minutes. In NZ Immigration clearance is normally done by NZ Customs and customs clearances by Bio Security Officers. What you probably aren't aware is that all passengers as soon as they enter the customs area are profiled by hidden experienced eyes just as they are in most countries. Innocent passengers have nothing to fear
  7. Beanb41

    Entry Declare form (Not VISA)

    The Aussie TV industry have made a living out of TV programmes about visitors crossing the border and not reading the entry forms correctly. IF you don't want to do as I suggest don't do it but please don't complain about being detained at the border whilst border protection staff ascertain just exactly what you do have and yes they have the time ask the necessary questions and do randam bag searches which they do.
  8. Beanb41

    Entry Declare form (Not VISA)

    When I pass through The border of another country I want to pass through asap. Having crossed the Aussie border more times than I care to remember I will continue to declare that I am carrying medicine rather than run the risk of an extensive inspection what may or may not be restricted or prohibited. I leave it to others to make their own choices. I can only offer my advice and experiences
  9. Beanb41

    Entry Declare form (Not VISA)

    The Aussie entry forms asks if you have medicines and illegal substances. One should never assume what medicines are acceptable in one country are acceptable in another. A case in point is the common medicine Codeine Phosphate available in many countries on prescription but in Thailand one must get pre approval to take this "medicine" in. As I said earlier don't be cute. Declare and be on your way in minutes, don't declare and you may be delayed hours as they go through your luggage with a fine tooth comb. Your choice
  10. Australia and New Zealand are first world countries and down under we have everything here that you can buy at home. Normal commercial snacks are not a problem. Meat, honey and fruit are an issue in both countries so don't bring them across the border. If you have any doubts go through the red declare gate and the border protection officer will assist you.. Many items that used to be declared are no longer so
  11. Beanb41

    Entering NZ with medications...

    Nz Border protection staff are not interested in the Meds you may be carrying for your own health. Just follow the entry disclosure form you will be given either on board your aircraft or ship and you will be fine. We were asked once going into Sydney what meds we had and it took an age trying to remember what we had. These days as part of our travel documentation we have a list of all prescription and over the counter meds we are carrying and have it in our carryon bags just in case we are asked again. In nearly all instances if you offer it up to the Border Protection people they will wave you through. If they want to see what you have that's cool it will only take a few minutes.
  12. Beanb41

    Entry Declare form (Not VISA)

    Sorry disagree. Aussie Border protections are very fussy about these forms. If you have medicines of any type declare them. The officer will ask what the meds are and you are on your way. Food: If it goes in your mouth it is food - declare them. Most commercial items apart from fruit that you may have with you are allowed. If they find food that isn't declared its $400 fine. Don't try to be cute and say I didn't know that wont get you anywhere apart from the "Pay the FIne" here counter.. You will also be documented should you try the same thing on another visit then its off to court and up to $10,000 fine. For the sake of about a 2 minute conversation chat with the Border Protection Officer its not worth it. The little beagle dogs you see walking around the terminal just love finding food
  13. Beanb41

    Entry Declare form (Not VISA)

    Read the form carefully. The NZ form and Australian ones are slightly different and ask slightly different questions. There is no excuse for no complying with the immigration / customs declarations. If in doubt declare it. If it is not an issue the border officer will have you on your way in no time at all
  14. Beanb41

    Entry Declare form (Not VISA)

    You will be given a customs / immigration declaration card on the aircraft by the cabin crew. It is normally done at the start of the flight to give you plenty of time to fill it out. They are also available in the arrival hall
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