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Entering New Zealand: Criminal convictions

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Entering New Zealand: Criminal convictions

Hi everyone

I am an Australian citizen going to New Zealand for a holiday in December.

I have noticed on the arrival card there is a question asking: Have you been sentenced to 12 months or more in prison?

Now, my partner has been given a 12 month SUSPENDED SENTENCE previously, and I'm not sure if this warrants answering "Yes" on the card? Does anyone know if they are only interested in anyone who has actually spent 12 months or more IN prison?

Any advice or feedback will be very much appreciated. Thank You!

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1. Re: Entering New Zealand: Criminal convictions

It might be a good idea for you to write to the Immigration Dept and get that answer from them directly.

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2. Re: Entering New Zealand: Criminal convictions

As mentioned, you will need to check with NZ immigration. At worst your partner will have to apply for a visitor's visa.

Heres the link:


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3. Re: Entering New Zealand: Criminal convictions

with any such questions, it is always best to tick the box, then you will need to explain the situation or relavence of the question.

If you fail to answer any question and are found to have entered a dishonost answer (imigration, agriculture etc) then teh likely hood of fines or at worst being turned back is very likely.

check with imigration before comming for your specific question

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