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Connection time INTL to domestic at AKL on separate bookings

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Old Feb 9, 19, 2:46 pm
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Originally Posted by kiwifrequentflyer View Post
I have had my bags x-rayed once. I almost always get sent down the green line even if I have luggage with me!
Haven't had bags x-rayed at AKL since the last century. In my experience the actual processing is v quick. That includes travelling with family members carrying insulin. The queue waiting to get to the officer is the slow bit.
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Old Feb 9, 19, 3:03 pm
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I haven’t really concidered transfering throug Australia since the issue with my itinerary is how quick I can get landside at AKL. Adding two TT flights AND customs and immigration in Australia (which in my experience takes longer than NZ) seems like doubling the risk.

Or am I missing something?
On 1 ticket/PNR or if bags are interlined you stay airside and no need to go through Au immigration.

For flights to NZ secondary destinations transferring at SYD/MEL and then direct to the NZ destination can be simpler the AKL inter terminal transfer
For flights to Au secondary destinations transferring at AKL and then direct to the Au destination can be simpler the SYD inter terminal transfer

Worth $ to avoid the SYD T1 T2/T3 transfer. And a little the same at AKL, but the terminal transfer is not as bad
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Old Feb 9, 19, 4:23 pm
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Use the concierge service on Akl airport site. You will be met at aircraft door and escorted through immigration and MAF. $79.
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Old Feb 9, 19, 7:40 pm
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Did it comfortably within 2 hours this morning off NZ1 - even was able to get a slightly earlier connection to CHC - the arrival hall was full of the usual early morning arrivals and the MAF line long - took approximately 20mins to clear. I agree it all depends on your risk appetite.
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Old Feb 9, 19, 9:57 pm
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Originally Posted by macdo View Post
Haven't had bags x-rayed at AKL since the last century. In my experience the actual processing is v quick. That includes travelling with family members carrying insulin. The queue waiting to get to the officer is the slow bit.
The problem is it very much depends upon the Officer. My wife and I had bags xrayed on most recent return from Melbourne because we had ďtoo many bagsĒ to go through green lane.
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Old Feb 9, 19, 10:11 pm
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X-ray usually takes about 57 seconds longer than walking through the green lane anyway. Provided they don't find anything questionable.
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Old Feb 10, 19, 8:11 am
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Use the concierge service on Akl airport site. You will be met at aircraft door and escorted through immigration and MAF. $79.
Please tell me Moore about this, as it seems like a very good option. Does using this service get you ahead of lines at customs?

We will need to check a bag, mostly running gear. Shoes, either brand new or carefully cleaned from soil of course.

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Old Feb 10, 19, 8:14 am
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Originally Posted by Mwenenzi View Post
On 1 ticket/PNR or if bags are interlined you stay airside and no need to go through Au immigration

Thanks, makes much more sense knowing that
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Old Feb 10, 19, 8:38 am
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Originally Posted by kiwifrequentflyer View Post
I have had my bags x-rayed once. I almost always get sent down the green line even if I have luggage with me!

Given your handle I guess you are a NZ citizen.
I canít really recall but isnít there a different line for returning nationals ?
At immigration off course but also at customs/bio security?
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Old Feb 10, 19, 10:20 am
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Originally Posted by LadyBell View Post

Given your handle I guess you are a NZ citizen.
I canít really recall but isnít there a different line for returning nationals ?
At immigration off course but also at customs/bio security?
There's a sign board that you pass under with a few different categories but it all eventually spills out at the same place at the end and everyone gets the same treatment. I've never quite understood the purpose of it. The only people who have their own line seem to be aircrew.
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Old Feb 10, 19, 11:31 am
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There's a sign board that you pass under with a few different categories but it all eventually spills out at the same place at the end and everyone gets the same treatment. I've never quite understood the purpose of it. The only people who have their own line seem to be aircrew.
NZ and some other countries can use SmartGate, others have a face-to-face immigration experience with an Immigration official. We all potentially get the same customs treatment.

The purpose is to determine whether or not to grant entry to NZ and under what conditions. Whilst almost all pax are legit, flags are raised on a few - including those holding a visa.

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Having a Visa doesn’t guarantee entry, it is effectively just a (initial) screening which gives confidence (but not absolute sureity) to the airline that the pax is OK to board at origin, and to the Customs official on arrival that the pax has been though a process and has made certain declarations on the purpose of their travel. But they can still decide not to issue an Entry Permit ( the old inky stamp or now electronic record). The differences between a Visa and Entry Permit are not well known - since almost all pax don’t have .a problem.

And of course some countries just use the visa as a revenue source and/or reciprocity for what NZ requires of their citizens who want to travel here
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Old Feb 10, 19, 11:42 am
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Please tell me Moore about this, as it seems like a very good option. Does using this service get you ahead of lines at customs?

We will need to check a bag, mostly running gear. Shoes, either brand new or carefully cleaned from soil of course.
yes, guests are escorted through the crew lane at MPI so no queues. Obviously still need to satisfy entry requiremens and have a face to face interview with the MPI staff, but if you hate queues, this service is fantastic.
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Old Feb 10, 19, 11:46 am
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Old Feb 10, 19, 12:37 pm
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Originally Posted by Thai-Kiwi View Post
NZ and some other countries can use SmartGate, others have a face-to-face immigration experience with an Immigration official. We all potentially get the same customs treatment.
Sorry, I was referring to the sign before the MPI queue labyrinth
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Old Feb 10, 19, 12:50 pm
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And the fine print says it is not a fast track service
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