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You have paid your tuition and you have your visa, but there is still a lot to arrange before you travel. Choose New Zealand can help you get organised with our Pre-Arrival Support Package.
For a very affordable price, (further discount apply if you applied to study through us), our support package includes help with:
Here is a checklist of preparations you may need to make before you leave. (Depends on the length of your stay, and what you intend to do after completing your course.)
You must have
You should probably have
You might need to have
Restricted and banned items
Because New Zealand is an island nation we are lucky to be free of many of the world’s serious pests and diseases, and we try hard to prevent them arriving here. But pests and diseases can be brought into New Zealand in your baggage, and can pose a serious threat to New Zealand’s agriculture and environment. So, it is best not to bring any food, animals or animal products, plants or parts of plants with you. Not all of these are prohibited, but it’s easier for you not to bring them. Some items – such as meat, fruit and honey – are never allowed at all.
Banned items include illegal drugs, pornography, and products from endangered species. We are also free of snakes, dangerous and poisonous animals and insects.
Pets – leave them at home
It’s an expensive and lengthy process to bring cats, dogs or other pets into New Zealand, often taking more than six months. Only people who are planning to live permanently in New Zealand should consider bringing their pets with them.
Please note that most international students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand. If you receive medical treatment during your visit, you may be liable for the full costs of that treatment. To check your entitlement to publicly funded health services go to: http://www.moh.govt.nz/eligibility
The Accident Compensation Corporation provides accident insurance for all New Zealand citizens, residents, and temporary visitors to New Zealand, but you may still be liable for all other medical and related costs. Further information can be viewed on the ACC website at http://www.acc.co.nz
Download our booklet to know more details of our Comprehensive Services for International Students.