Why is registering important?
We encourage all New Zealanders travelling or living overseas to register online. This allows us to contact you in an emergency situation, or to provide consular assistance, while you are overseas. Just like making sure you’ve had the right immunisations and vaccinations and that you have travel insurance, registering should be on your list of things to do before you leave home.
Where we have needed to contact New Zealanders who are thought to be in an area affected by a cyclone, bomb blast, or other major incident overseas, those who have registered their travel contact details have often been accounted for first.
So, no matter where you are travelling to overseas, if you take the time now to register, then you can be assured that if an emergency situation develops in the country you are in, we will do our best to contact you and see if we can provide any assistance.
Who uses my information?
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, including New Zealand Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates-General around the world, use the registration information to
- contact registrants in an emergency (e.g. natural disaster, terrorist attack, civil disturbance).
- contact registrants to provide consular assistance (e.g. if there are concerns for your safety, or to return a lost passport).
- send information such as new travel advisories relevant to New Zealanders travelling and residing overseas.
Our privacy notice sets out how the Ministry uses, discloses, stores, and disposes of the personal information we collect via SafeTravel.