Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

ALERT - COVID-19: Do not travel overseas at this time. Due to the difficulty travellers are experiencing returning home, some New Zealanders overseas may need to stay safely where they are....Read more

ALERT - COVID-19: Do not travel overseas at this time. Due to the difficulty travellers are experiencing returning home, some New Zealanders overseas may need to stay safely where they are....Read more

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Pre-departure COVID-19 test for all travellers to New Zealand

The Government requires travellers to New Zealand from all countries (except Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific Islands) to provide evidence of a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test result before departure. This requirement came into force at 11:59pm (NZT) on Monday 25 January.

Travellers to New Zealand coming from the United Kingdom and United States have already been required to show a negative pre-departure test result since 11:59pm (NZT) on 15 January 2021.

United Kingdom: Travel Disruptions

In response to announcements around a new strain of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom, a large number of countries and airlines have put in place temporary travel restrictions for travelers from the UK.  New Zealanders concerned about implications for any intended travel should contact their travel provider to discuss their options.
We recognise that not everyone who wants to return home will be able to do so, and that this may be distressing for New Zealanders, their whānau and friends.

Pacific Cyclone Season: 1 November to 30 April

The Pacific cyclone season runs from 1 November until 30 April.

New Zealanders travelling to the Pacific are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Travellers who register can be warned if a major cyclone approaches and given advice on precautions to take. We can also make contact with you following a significant cyclone to check on your well-being.

Thailand: Demonstrations

There have beeen recent protests in Thailand. It is anticipated that protest rallies in Bangkok and other provinces around Thailand will continue over the coming weeks. 

These rallies may be announced at short-notice with exact locations often not confirmed until shortly before the protests start. 

Parts of Bangkok’s public transport and road networks have been disrupted or closed during the protests.

Dual Citizenship

What is dual citizenship or dual nationality?

If you are a citizen of more than one country you are a dual citizen or dual national. This means you are a citizen of both New Zealand and another country at the same time. New Zealand allows dual citizenship and multiple citizenship but some other countries do not.

How do I know if I’m a dual citizen?

Whether you're a dual citizen depends on the laws of New Zealand and the other country. Different countries may have different rules.