Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

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Aviation security enhancements for flights to the United States and United Kingdom

Updated: 22 March 2017, 16:08 NZDT

From no later than 25 March 2017, passengers on direct flights inbound to the United States and the United Kingdom from certain airports in the Middle East and North Africa will not be allowed to carry electronic devices larger than a cell phone or smart phone in carry-on luggage or other accessible property. Electronic devices that exceed the size limits will need to be secured in checked luggage.For flights to the United Kingdom, the UK governm...read more

South Africa: Withdrawal of Visa Exemption

Updated: 13 February 2017, 14:35 NZDT

New Zealanders travelling to South Africa should be aware that from 16 January 2017, all New Zealand passport holders will be required to obtain an entry visa prior to travelling to South Africa. New Zealanders arriving in South Africa on or after 16 January 2017 should ensure they have the correct visa.The South African High Commission in Wellington has provided information on the visa application process. New Zealanders requiring further ...read more

Riding Motorbikes and Scooters Overseas

Reviewed: 11 October 2016, 14:52 NZDT

Motorbikes and scooters are a great way to get around when you’re overseas, however accidents do happen and New Zealanders should ensure they have adequate travel insurance for all eventualities.  If you intend hiring cars, motorbikes, jet skis or any other motorised vehicle while overseas, you should comply with local licensing laws. Talk to your travel insurer to check your insurance policy covers such activity and seek advice on a...read more

Canada Visa Exemption

Updated: 28 September 2016, 09:02 NZDT

On 15 March 2016, changes to the Canadian visa exemption came into effect. All New Zealand citizens travelling to, or transiting through Canada, including those who currently do not need a visa, now need to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorisation or eTA. Exceptions include travellers with a valid Canadian visa. The leniency period that allows travellers to board their flight without an eTA ends on November 9, 2016.You can apply for...read more

United States of America: 90 Day Visa Waiver and Zero Tolerance

Posted: 24 June 2016, 16:49 NZST

The policy of the United States of America with regard to all visa and overstaying violations is one of “zero tolerance”.  Even if a foreign national stays only one day beyond their visa expiry, this may lead to arrest.  If you are arrested in the USA this could result in imprisonment, deportation and prohibition of entry to the USA for up to 10 years New Zealand is one of the participating countries of the United States’ Visa Wa...read more

Need a visa for travelling overseas?

Updated: 8 June 2016, 12:15 NZST

New Zealanders travelling overseas may require a visa in order to enter certain countries. Please check with your travel agent or with the Embassy or High Commission of the countries you intend to visit/transit to find out their visa requirements as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is unable to advise on the visa requirements of other countries.   You should research visa requirements well in advance of your departure.&nb...read more

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