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Connection time INTL to domestic at AKL on separate bookings

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Old Feb 10, 19, 12:56 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.
Most people will only see Customs officers (Blue shirts), as they run immigration desks and the Bio Security/Customs initial desks/queues. They will refer you to MBIE (black shirts or business wear (I think never actually seen one in person only the TV shows)) or MPI (brown shirts) staff at the actual Bio Security tables or running a dog. A face to face with a MBIE staff member will be in an interview room.
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Old Feb 10, 19, 1:05 pm
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As people have stated it's all about risk tolerance really. I went from aircraft to bag drop in in intl terminal in 9 minutes a few weeks ago (landed 1hr 20 min before domestic departure and didn't fancy lugging my bags over to dom terminal myself). In the domestic lounge 25 minutes after disembarking.
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Old Feb 10, 19, 3:02 pm
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Originally Posted by Kiwi Flyer View Post
Sounds like you haven't visited since the change in arrival form. The old form asked to declare if you have any medicines. The new form doesn't require declaration if have prescription medicines for less than 3 months supply.
That, or the airline I was on was using up its old stock
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Old Feb 10, 19, 3:41 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.

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.

[slightly OT]
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
[/slightly OT]

Actually not off topic at all .
Only citizens holding valid passports have an absolute right to enter a country. Evereyone else can be denied entry at the border regardless of previously issued ViSAs permits or grants. We’ve seen that happen in the US in recent years.
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Old Feb 10, 19, 3:52 pm
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As people have stated it's all about risk tolerance really. I went from aircraft to bag drop in in intl terminal in 9 minutes a few weeks ago (landed 1hr 20 min before domestic departure and didn't fancy lugging my bags over to dom terminal myself). In the domestic lounge 25 minutes after disembarking.

Sounds like a real smooth experience! Do you mind sharing What time of day and from Where you flew in?

I usually have ZERO risk tolerance. Both professionally and a privately I work hard to always cover my bases and have elaborate plans B, C and often also D.

That is What makes me so nervous this time
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Old Feb 10, 19, 3:58 pm
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Originally Posted by Markhm View Post


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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And the fine print says it is not a fast track service

Getting a bit confused here...
I read the fine print too.
Off course I understand that you need to comply with and fulfill same requirements and rules as anyone seeking to enter NZ.

But in reality What are you paying for? Someone holding your name on a sign walking alongside you from gate to immigration hall?

Useful for elderly travelers or anyone Needing Special Assistance, But Maybe not for me...
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Old Feb 10, 19, 4:13 pm
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Sounds like a real smooth experience! Do you mind sharing What time of day and from Where you flew in?

I usually have ZERO risk tolerance. Both professionally and a privately I work hard to always cover my bases and have elaborate plans B, C and often also D.

That is What makes me so nervous this time
This was flying in from Nadi, Fiji. Arrived I believe at 17:43 and was at Intl bag drop by 17:52 for a 19:00 departure from domestic.

I believe there is a thread somewhere in here about the ins and outs of the flexitime fares also.
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Old Feb 11, 19, 1:31 am
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Originally Posted by LadyBell View Post





Getting a bit confused here...
I read the fine print too.
Off course I understand that you need to comply with and fulfill same requirements and rules as anyone seeking to enter NZ.

But in reality What are you paying for? Someone holding your name on a sign walking alongside you from gate to immigration hall?

Useful for elderly travelers or anyone Needing Special Assistance, But Maybe not for me...
you pay to be escorted to passport, bags etc...but most importantly for me is to exit via crew lane at MPI. When queues in the morning go down to 3and 4 carousels, this is worth every cent.
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Old Feb 11, 19, 6:24 am
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you pay to be escorted to passport, bags etc...but most importantly for me is to exit via crew lane at MPI. When queues in the morning go down to 3and 4 carousels, this is worth every cent.

Thanks for making that clear, a Service like that is priceless in my situation
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Old Feb 11, 19, 3:08 pm
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Times to get through immigration, baggage and biosecurity really do just depend on the time of day.

On my arrival on NZ27 this morning from ORD by the time we'd walked from the gate (via quick duty free pickup) we had about a 3 min wait for bags and no wait at all for biosecurity.
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Old Feb 11, 19, 8:53 pm
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On Friday when I arrived from IAH had a five minute wait for bags and one person in front of me at MPI. In the domestic Koru lounge less than 40 minutes after landing.
The strategy to buy two flexitime seats will work perfectly. One for your preferred flight, and one for a later back up option. Fully refund the one you don't need.
Personally I have no issue with a two hour connect from Int to Domestic. I will often book shorter and have never missed (yet).
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