[LCA2015-Chat] Important: NZ Biosecurity + prohibited items
lca at ewen.mcneill.gen.nz
Tue Jan 6 10:49:11 EST 2015
On 6/01/15 10:26, Michael Still wrote:
> There is an implication in the rules that you have some way of knowing
> what is a prescription drug in New Zealand.
This is true of many laws in many countries -- it's called "strict
liability" in the law. One is expected to be informed of the laws of
the country (you live in/are visting/etc).
10 seconds with Google turns up:
which seems to have a link to a classification tool that would allow
searching for your medicine (perhaps by chemical compounds?) and
determining the classification, if you wished to do so.
In practice, my impression is that New Zealand border control cares about:
- biosecurity (lots!)
- dutyable items (eg, alcohol/tobacco)
- GST collection (ie, bringing in above "personal allowance")
in approximately that order.
So that in practice if you present a good case for legitimately having
something in the quantity that you have, that is not a biosecurity risk,
and it can be fairly easily verified it is what you say it is, then
there's a reasonable chance you'll be allowed in with it even without
mountains of paperwork. (Especially if, eg, you're coming from a "good
Bringing your prescription medicine in the prescription bottle with your
name on it would help your case for being legitimate, and verifiable, a
lot. Bringing a doctors certificate is probably useful if you have one,
and maybe essential if you need non-trivial quantities (if someone would
wonder "is that really all for you", you're probably going to want that
doctor's certificate :-) ), or it's particularly restricted even in your
But New Zealand is a pretty high-trust country in general so you're
likely to be believed by default if, eg, it looks like "a week's supply
of a drug legitimately prescribed to me". Which doesn't make it
guaranteed/legal. Just likely to be tolerated in practice, if it were
something that might be prescribed here too.
PS: Pusedoephedrine containing drugs are the one
commonly-available-elsewhere thing I'd expect to raise the most eyebrows
here. They're basically unobtainium here now (as Precursors to Illegal
Drugs (tm)), even though they're over the counter in other countries
(and were here, some years back). The "is that all for you"
consideration probably applies double there.
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