Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

Inter-country adoptions

Do not travel overseas at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, associated health risks and widespread travel restrictions. This do not travel advisory (level 4 of 4) applies to all destinations except the Cook Islands....Read more

Do not travel overseas at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, associated health risks and widespread travel restrictions. This do not travel advisory (level 4 of 4) applies to all destinations except the Cook Islands....Read more

Exercise increased caution in the Cook Islands (level 2 of 4). Quarantine-free travel is now available between New Zealand and the Cook Islands. Information about the current situation in Australia is available here....Read more

Exercise increased caution in the Cook Islands (level 2 of 4). Quarantine-free travel is now available between New Zealand and the Cook Islands. Information about the current situation in Australia is available here....Read more

If you wish to adopt a child overseas, comprehensive information is available on the Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children website.

Inter-country adoptions take time and money. If you are overseas for the purpose of an inter-country adoption you should:

  • be aware that you are subject to the laws of the country you are in
  • have access to enough money and ensure that you have a comprehensive travel insurance policy
  • register your travel details on SafeTravel.

Consular Officers can provide New Zealanders travelling on a New Zealand Passport with:

  • a list of English speaking lawyers
  • notarial assistance including certifying true copies of documents or witnessing signatures (fees may apply).

Consular Officers cannot:

  • become involved in the adoption process, for example, by certifying that you are of good character
  • provide advice on the adoption process either in New Zealand or overseas
  • speed up any adoption process.

 

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