Temporary firearms visa and connecting flights

TOMHOWA

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I am looking into visiting family in New Zealand, while there I planned to take advantage of their public land hunting permits. Seems relatively straight forward except the connecting flight element. Alot of the connecting flights seem to go via Singapore and the via Australia.

Has anyone on here been to NZ with a firearm? If so how did you get on getting through on connecting flights.
 

Swedish

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A visa is to do with your general permissions to enter a country and little to do with what you bring with you. I think You'll need a temp visitors permit for taking firearms for hunting into NZ. With regard to the transport of your firearms through different countries to your destination, I'm sure that is the responsibility of your appointed airline. Hopefully others with more experience will be along to advise.
 

takbok

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If I was travelling to NZ I'd do a deal with a friendly gunshop or hunter over there to purchase a rifle there and sell it back to them when you leave again. You could take the rest of your hunting gear, scope etc but enjoy a stress free trip. Nzhuntingandshooting.co.nz is the best NZ site for info and getting in touch with folks over there.
 

TOMHOWA

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Yeah I meant permit...
Singapore apparently require one and you have to pay for someone to escort your firearms.
 

TOMHOWA

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If I was travelling to NZ I'd do a deal with a friendly gunshop or hunter over there to purchase a rifle there and sell it back to them when you leave again. You could take the rest of your hunting gear, scope etc but enjoy a stress free trip. Nzhuntingandshooting.co.nz is the best NZ site for info and getting in touch with folks over there.

I had heard of that being done but looking online it seems they have to have a firearms licence to be able to do so. Therefore I cant see how I could apply for a temporary permit without bringing one with me. Maybe they are relaxed about that will take a look into it a bit more. Thanks
 

takbok

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Yes, I think you just obtain a visitor's firearms licence. This is separate to the import permit needed if you bring your own rifle. Just requires your FAC etc. Maybe a Kiwi could elaborate on all the details.
 

flying felix

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In relation to the connecting flights; it all depends on whether you "land" in the country where you swap flights. In this context to "land" doesn't mean to step off the plane, but to have gone through customs and immigration. An airport is split into two halves "airside" and "landside". You are not considered to have entered the country if you are still airside. So how does effect you? If the connection is within a couple of hours, you don't leave the departure lounges and your baggage is automatically transferred from one aircraft to another you do not need to comply with the laws of that country (within reason) and so do not require a visa or a firearms permit (if one is required). However, a lot of airlines will insist that you have a visitors visa or a visa exemption for connections so that in the event of a flight being delayed you can be taken to a hotel.

I would seek the party line form your proposed carrier (airline) and if they state that no firearms permit is required as you will not have access to your cases during the connection process, get confirmation that in the event of a delay they will hold the firearm in secure storage.

Hope that helps.
 

TOMHOWA

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Having looked into and having confirmation from a gun shop and the firearms police in NZ I will just buy one there. The regs are quite onerous as you fly through Indian airspace and landing in Singapore has a hefty fee each way even though only connecting.
 
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