Entitlement and validity
New Zealand passports are issued to holders of New Zealand citizenship. Passports for adult New Zealanders are valid for five years from the date of issue. Passports for children under the age of 16 are valid for five years from the date of issue. Once a passport has expired, an application should be made for a new one.
If a New Zealander is short of funds, they can have money transferred to them in a number of ways.
The New Zealand High Commission also provides consular assistance to British Nationals similar to what is provided for New Zealanders. Please see NZers in Vanuatu/Assistance to NZers for further details. We also hold British passport application forms and information on renewing or extending British passports.
If a New Zealander is arrested in Vanuatu the New Zealand High Commission in Port Vila can provide some assistance (contact details below), but there are limitations to do what we can do.
What can the High Commission do?
On notification of detention/ arrest, we can if requested:
Staff at the New Zealand High Commission can help you if you get into difficulties in Vanuatu, but there are some limitations.
The Embassy does not observe all New Zealand or local holidays but will be closed on the following dates:
The focus of the Embassy's work is managing New Zealand's political, economic and trade relations with Thailand, Cambodia and Lao PDR. The New Zealand Ambassador to Thailand is also accredited to Cambodia and Lao PDR.
The Embassy provides consular assistance to resident and visiting New Zealanders, including emergency assistance and advice in the case of arrests, hospitalisation or if passports are lost/stolen.