Important Notice for New Zealand Passport Holders
The US visa-waiver programme applies to passport holders from 27 countries, including New Zealand, if they are travelling to, or through, the USA for travel or business purposes for a maximum period of 90 days. These countries are defined by the USA as 'visa-waiver' countries.
All New Zealand citizens travelling to, or through, the USA from 26 October 2004 who do not hold a machine-readable passport must either:
Passports that are not machine-readable will continue to qualify holders for the visa waiver programme until 26 October 2004. Holders of such passports are advised to apply for a machine-readable passport well in advance of that date if they intend to travel to the USA. The Department of Internal Affairs issues machine-readable passports at all its offices in New Zealand as well as in Sydney and London. Passports issued at Ministry of Foreign Affairs' offices are not machine readable.
To obtain a machine-readable passport send your application and fee to the New Zealand Passport Office in Wellington. If it is more convenient you may send your application and fee to the Sydney Passport Office, or the London Passport Office (see Application Form downloads below).
Most non machine-readable passports are likely to have been issued outside New Zealand, Australia or the United Kingdom.
Non machine-readable passports remain a valid travel document and can continue to be used for entry into other countries according to existing visa arrangements.
What should you do if you have a non machine-readable passport or want to obtain a new machine-readable passport?
Download the appropriate New Zealand passport application form (see Application Form downloads below).
There are different fees for applications depending on whether they are lodged in New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom or at a New Zealand Embassy, High Commission or Consulate. Information on current fees is listed in each of the New Zealand passport application forms referred to above. If you require further information about passport fees contact us.
Once the application form is downloaded to your computer, you can print it, then complete it using a pen and return the form and accompanying material to us by mail. Forms are in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. You need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. You can download a free version from the Adobe site. Hard copy versions are available from the Passports Office.
Application Form Downloads
Last updated: 02/04/2004