New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea
Embassy services for New Zealanders
Help in an emergency
Staff at New Zealand embassies can help you in several ways if you get into difficulties overseas but there are some limitations. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Safe Travel website has information about what the embassy staff can and cannot do to help.
Emergency Travel Documents
If your passport has been lost, stolen or damaged, and you need to travel urgently, an Embassy or High Commission may be able to issue an Emergency Travel Document (ETD). The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Safe Travel website has details of how and where to apply for an ETD and what documentation you will require.
Legal and Notarial Services
New Zealand representatives overseas can perform certain legal or notarial acts in accordance with the law of New Zealand eg. the taking of affidavits, affirmations and statutory declarations.
Summary of consular services
We provide a range of consular services for New Zealanders in Korea. In cases of emergency such as critical illness or death requiring Embassy assistance after hours, you can contact a Duty Officer on (02) 3701-7700 and follow the recorded instructions.
Examples of some types of assistance which may be provided for New Zealand citizens in Korea are as follows:
- General advice and assistance in cases of hospitalisation, repatriation, evacuation, arrest and detention for New Zealanders who get into difficulty while travelling in Korea.
- Assistance with arrangements for a local funeral, or for remains to be returned to New Zealand in cases where New Zealand citizens die abroad and there are no relatives or friends on hand to take responsibility.
- Assistance with affidavits, affirmations, statutory declarations, verification (authentication) of documents, service of legal documents, and wills.
- Issuing of Emergency Travel Document (ETD)
- Assistance with citizenship applications, registration of births, deaths and marriages.
- Provision of overseas voting facilities for New Zealand citizens in Korea during New Zealand parliamentary and local authority elections, or referendums.
- Assistance in arranging for candidates in Korea to sit New Zealand examinations.