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Organization : New Zealand Police
Facility : Request a Visitor’s Firearms Licence
Country : New Zealand
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Police Visitor’s Firearms Licence

A visitor’s firearms licence will let you shoot for hunting or competition in New Zealand for up to a year.

Related : Register for New Zealand Police Vetting :

** You will need to show that you are a genuine shooter in your own country.
** Visitor’s licence application fee – NZ$25.00 (including GST). Apply online for a visitor’s firearms licence at least one month before your visit.


** Please complete all required sections of this form.
** A fee set by regulations will be required upon arrival (NZ$25).

** Complete this application for :
i. A visitors licence to use sporting rifles and shotguns; or
ii. A visitors licence endorsed to use pistols and/or Military-Style Semi-Auto (MSSA) rifles or shotguns; and (if importing firearms)
iii. A permit to import firearms / restricted airguns.

** The licence form issued to you by New Zealand airport police at the airport you arrive at (first) in New Zealand shall be your licence (and permit to import). The licence will be issued if you meet all of the criteria for the class of licence applied for, provided that you have arranged NZ police approved secure storage for any firearms you import or intend to use while in New Zealand.

** To be valid the Firearms Licence must be accompanied by your passport. You must carry the firearms licence and your passport while you have possession of any firearms.
** The Visitors Firearms Licence is valid for one year or until you leave New Zealand, whichever is sooner.

Importing Firearms

** If you are importing Restricted Firearms – please list these (Military-Style Semi-Auto (MSSA) Rifle or Shotgun, Pistols, or Restricted Airguns) as the first item(s) when choosing from the drop down menu in the importing section of this form.

You will require an endorsement on the licence if you are importing or intend to use Military-Style Semi-Auto (MSSA) Rifles or Shotguns, and/or Pistols.
** Any firearms or restricted airguns which you import must be approved types for use in New Zealand.

Bringing Firearms into New Zealand

You need a permit to bring firearms into New Zealand, including for hunting or competition. You can apply online for an import permit at the same time as you apply for a visitor’s firearms licence.

Before you apply online :
** check if your standard sporting firearms or target pistols (for use in national or international competitions) are on the approved firearms list

** if they are not on the list, or are not standard sporting firearms (for example they are military-style semi-automatics ‘assault rifles’ for use in national or international competitions) send details of the make, model, action-type, calibre, magazine size and reason for importing, to New Zealand Police for assessment, using this Firearms team contact form.

If you arrive with firearms not on the approved firearms list, Police may keep them until you leave the country.

When You Arrive in New Zealand

When you arrive in New Zealand you must declare all firearms to New Zealand Customs officials.
They will refer you to New Zealand Police, who will :
** check your passport
** check your firearms licence issued by the country you live in
** collect the $25.00 licence application fee
** decide if you should receive a visitors firearms licence and import permit and issue them if necessary.

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