New Zealand Embassy & Mission to the European Union, Brussels, Belgium

Emergency travel documents

New Zealand diplomatic posts no longer issue limited validity manual passports in emergency situations. Instead, most posts can issue an Emergency Travel Document (ETD). ETD’s are recognised by international Border Control authorities.

ETDs have been introduced to improve the overall security of New Zealand travel documentation by ensuring New Zealanders overseas have access to a secure and internationally accepted short-term emergency travel document.

An ETD is a short-term, machine-readable travel document that can be issued to New Zealand citizens overseas in emergency and compassionate situations when they need to travel but their previous New Zealand passport has expired, been lost or stolen and they are unable to obtain a passport direct from Department of Internal Affairs' offices in London, Sydney and New Zealand.

An ETD is not a short-term validity passport.

ETDs have a validity of up to one month. The processing fee of EUR 205 is the same for an adult or a child. It includes the cost of a new full replacement passport upon application to Department of Internal Affairs Passport Offices in New Zealand, Sydney or London before the expiry date of the ETD.

New Zealand citizens are strongly advised to ensure that their passports are kept up-to-date and to obtain a full-validity, machine-readable passport if their passports have expired.

For further information on the ETD please contact us on or click on where you can download both passport and ETD application forms.

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