Before you travel
Avoid surprises — before you go, find and check your passport, pay your fines and check if there are any special travel requirements for the countries you’re visiting.
Before you go
Even if you're only going overseas for a short period of time, there are still things you need to do before you leave the country.
If you’re travelling in the next 48 hours and you have fines or reparation you haven't paid, call 0800 729 677 to pay with your credit card.
If you get a benefit from Work and Income, you must let them know your travel plans and your reasons for travel before you leave New Zealand. Partners travelling must also let them know. If you don’t, your benefit might stop the day after you leave.
If you receive NZ Super or the Veteran’s Pension, you need to tell Seniors Services that you're going overseas before you leave NZ.
Documents you'll need
If your passport is damaged or close to expiring, you might not be allowed to enter some countries.
If you're travelling to or through, the United States, you need:
- to register online at least 72 hours before you travel
- a machine readable passport
- a visa if you're travelling on an Emergency Travel Document.
SafeTravel is the official source of advice if you're travelling or living overseas. Check any safety, health or weather warnings before you leave.
Register with safetravel so that:
- you can be contacted if anything happens
- the government knows you're there and need to be found if anything happens where you're going.