Is my passport acceptable for travel to New Zealand?

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Anyone travelling to New Zealand (including New Zealand and Australian citizens) must have a valid passport/travel document when entering New Zealand.

There are also rules regarding how long must your passport be valid for, in order to be acceptable.

In the case of NZ and Australian passport holders or NZ residents/Australian permanent residents (with current travel conditions), your passport must be valid for enough time to allow you to travel to New Zealand (ie, it must be valid on the date you are entering/leaving NZ).

However, in the case of people coming to New Zealand temporarily (eg. visitors, students, workers who are not Australian or NZ passport/permanent residence holders), the passport must be valid either:

  • for at least 3 months beyond the date you intend to depart NZ, or
  • for one month beyond the date you intend to depart NZ, if the issuing government has consular representation in New Zealand that is able to issue and renew travel documents (you should check with your issuing authority before travelling).

Our policy also lists specific passports that are not acceptable for travel.

The list is available in policy A2.15 of our Operational Manual.

This answer was last updated on 14 July, 2016.

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