Pwede at di Pwedeng Dalhin sa NZ
Kung sinisipag kayo, I suggest puntahan niyo ito at i-open lalo na yung brochure nila about “Advice to Travellers”. Remember, ignorance of the law is not an acceptable excuse. Below is a list of prohibited or restricted goods I got from that brochure.
1. Cash – If you’re bringing more than NZ$10,000, kailangan i-declare ninyo. Hindi naman bawal magdala ng more than this amount. Gusto lang nilang malaman at uriratin kung saan mo nakuha ang ganong karaming cash. If you obtained the amount through legal means, hindi ka dapat mangamba. The penalty for not declaring is $2,000.
To summarize, if you are bringing less than NZ$10,000 cash, hindi mo na kailangan i-declare. Otherwise, you have to declare. How about if you’re bringing more than that amount in traveller’s cheques, kailangan bang i-declare? Hindi po, kailangan lang kung cash ang dala mo.
2. Agricultural Items – food of any kind, plants, animals or their products, equipment used by animals, camping gear, golf clubs, used bicycles, biological specimens. If you’re bringing any of these, you have to declare them. Otherwise, you can be fined $200 upto $100,000 or 5 years in imprisonment for failure to do so.
Pwede bang magdala ng bagoong? Marami nang nakapagdala nito basta dapat maganda ang pagka-package at di nangangamoy. Mas maganda kung see-through ang lalagyan para hindi na i-open during inspection. Dahil kapag in-open at umalingasaw ang amoy, siguradong itatapon nila. The same is true for all other foods na maamoy. Eg. Tuyo, dried fish, squid.
Pwede bang magdala ng canned goods? Pwede basta may tamang labels. Kung ikaw lang ang nagpalata at ni-tape mo lang ang label, humanda ka at bubuksan nila ito. It’s not actually advisable na magpa-can ng pagkain.
3. Domestic pets – Di ko na i-explain ito. Most of us naman, don’t bring in pets.
4. Firearms and weapons – This is common sense. Ang dagdag ko lang yung mga taga-Batangas na mahilig sa balisong. Sorry, bawal ang balisong.
5. Medicines – You can bring over the counter medicines (imodium, lomotil, paracetamol, cortal, etc) basta reaonable quantity lang. If you are bringing prescription medicines you should have a prescription from your physician and the drugs must be in their original containers. Their quantity must not exceed 3 months supply for prescription medicines or one month supply for controlled drugs. I think examples nito yung mga depressants or anti-depressant drugs or anything na addictive.
6. Objectionable publications – mga sex magazines, books at mga DVDs, CD-ROMs na may bold. I’m sure some of it like Playboy and Penthouse are okay. Meron din dito non e. Basta siguro paisa-isa lang at not considered commecial quantity. Pero yung mga pirated DVD/VCD, hindi man objectionable, it’s possible na baka harangin dahil pirated.
7. There is a section in the brochure about “Radio Transmitters and Telecommunication Equipment” and another one for “Cannabis Utensils”. I won’t bother to explain them here, dahil di naman common. If you’re bringing any of these, basahin na lang yung brochure na nabanggit ko sa taas.
8. Products from Engangered or Exploited Species –
a. ivory in any form, including jewelry and carvings,
b. meat from whales, dolphines, rare animals,
c. medicines from rhino tusks, tiger derivatives,
d. carvings or other things made from whalebone or bone from many other marine mammals,
e. cat skins or coats,
f. trophies of: sea turtles, big cats, antelope, deer,
g. all clam shells, corals,
h. bird feathers,
i. butterfly collections,
j. many goods such as belts, bags shoes from skins of crocodiles, lizards, snakes or other reptiles.
Medyo strict yung number 8. This is because NZ is conforming to a word-wide agreement called CITES that aims to protect endangered wild life. Huwag ninyong tularan si Paul Hogan ng “Crocodile Dundee” na may leather vest, hunting knife na may leather na looban all from crocodile skin. Tapos may necklace pa na may mga ngipin ng crocodile. Ma ko-confiscate lang ng customs, if you bring any of those... tapos ikaw naman ang ipapakain sa mga crocodiles.