New Zealand: It will cost you twice as much to enter the country from 1 December
New Zealand charges a Border Processing Levy or Border Clearance Levy to enter their country. The levy is there to help fund New Zealand’s biosecurity regime. Mostly, you won’t be aware of the fee, as it’s usually incorporated into the airfare.
The fee will more than double from 1 December 2021. For airline arrivals the cost used to be NZ$20 – but will go up to NZ$43. If you arrive by sea – then you will get past the border for NZ$36.
The reason the government is giving for the hike is the added complications provided by COVID-19, which is probably fair enough.
No one likes an added fee, but there you go.
I love digital, except when my phone dies, which happened to me on the last night of my recent visit to New Zealand
Can’t see this stopping anyone from entering the land of the long white cloud, but just thought you ought to know.