Super Yachts approved to enter Australia from New Zealand without quarantine

With the Trans-Tasman bubble operating between New Zealand and Australia via air travel, exemptions to quarantine requirements are also available to Super Yachts and crew to enter both New South Wales and Queensland.

“Back in March, the first exemptions for superyachts to enter Sydney without quarantine were approved by NSW Health. After successful meetings with Qld Health, exemptions are also now available for vessels wanting to enter Qld direct,” said David Good, CEO of Superyacht Australia. “This is only possible for superyachts and occupants who have been in New Zealand for longer than 14 days and exemptions are considered on a case-by-case basis.”

“Each vessel injects millions of dollars of economic contribution through the extensive use of contractors and tradesmen whenever they are in a port or marina. With the weather in Queensland so inviting this time of year and eight of Australia’s most capable shipyards located there, it will be great to see these yachts making use of our skilled marine trades.”

While over 120 superyachts were expected in New Zealand for the America’s Cup, which concluded six weeks ago, only 20 superyachts were able to attend because of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, the economic spending power of the fleet that has remained in New Zealand since the conclusion of the America’s Cup is estimated to be worth tens of millions for Australia’s skilled tradespeople and businesses. 

Australia has stringent rules, regulations and procedures for the arrival and ongoing operation of superyachts whilst in Australian waters. Large motor or sailing vessels (superyachts) of over 24 metres in length, whether for private use or commercial recreational or sporting activities, are subject to customs, immigration and biosecurity controls when entering and/or departing Australia. 

This is certainly good news for all motor yacht enthusiasts, owners and charters alike.

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