Some ships are exempt from some ‘business-as-usual’ quarantine rules, like having to notify the public health service or submit a health declaration.
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If a disease is known or is suspected to be on board any exempted ship, then all health and quarantine provisions apply, and the ship must advise health authorities of their health status prior to arrival.
The following ships have been granted an exemption:
All yachts, as defined in the Shipping and Seamen’s Act 1952
All ships belonging to the:
Royal New Zealand Navy
Royal Australian Navy
United States Navy
Royal Canadian Navy
Foreign ships granted pratique at a previous New Zealand port, and then not visiting another overseas port ‘at sea’ in the intervening period (that is, they remained at sea before returning to a New Zealand port) are only exempt if there have been no crew changes at sea or contact with other ships or crew members.
Exempted navy ships do their own inspections and will inform the appropriate health authorities if any illness of sickness is detected.
All yachts arriving in New Zealand are inspected by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) under a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Health and MPI, to identify the presence of exotic mosquitoes (at any life stage) or of their actual or potential breeding sites. Should MPI become aware of illness on any vessel they must contact the relevant Medical Officer of Health or a Health Protection Officer.
Find out about the requirements for all owners, operators, agents, passengers and crew of recreational vessels, yachts and small craft, including superyachts and pleasure craft arriving and departing New Zealand.