Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

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Posted: 22 May 2015, 15:30 NZST

Ramadan, the Islamic holy month, will be observed from approximately 18 June to 18 July 2015.  The exact timing will depend on sightings of the moon which will vary from country to country. For Muslims this is a time of prayer and fasting.  The fasting period, in which Muslims refrain from eating, drinking or smoking, is between dawn and sunset.   Travellers should always be sensitive to the local customs of the country more

Need a visa for travelling overseas?

Reviewed: 1 April 2015, 10:53 NZDT

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.   The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade cannot provide visa advice for other countries' specific visa requirements.  You should research visa requirements well in advance more

International surrogacy

Reviewed: 27 March 2015, 12:42 NZDT

International surrogacy can be fraught with difficulty.  Recent international media coverage has highlighted significant concerns for those considering travelling overseas for commercial surrogacy arrangements.  It is extremely important to ensure that any child born as a result of a surrogacy arrangement overseas is able to exit that country lawfully, and enter and reside permanently in New Zealand, if that is the intention.  All more

Health information

Reviewed: 12 March 2015, 13:06 NZDT

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade liaises with the Ministry of Health to provide information on health issues for New Zealand travellers, including information on disease outbreaks and health precautions for travellers.  For more information on travel health issues, please see our Health and Travel page. more

Visa changes for New Zealand travellers to India

Updated: 11 March 2015, 10:54 NZDT

In December 2014 the Government of India launched an electronic visa facility for passport holders of 43 countries, including New Zealand.  The manual Visa on Arrival scheme has been discontinued.  Before travelling to India, tourists from these countries must now apply for an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) online.  You will be required to apply online, upload a photo, a passport scan, pay the necessary fee online and more

Inter-country adoptions

Reviewed: 27 February 2015, 13:25 NZDT

Inter-country adoptions take time and money.  New Zealand is a contracting state to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-country Adoption. It is extremely important to seek independent legal advice and consult Child, Youth and Family before embarking on an inter-country adoption. You must ensure that any child adopted overseas by a New Zealander is able to lawfully exit the country they are in, more

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