New Zealand Embassy Manila, The Philippines

Emergency travel documents

As its name indicates, an emergency travel document is for emergencies. You will need to decide whether it is better for you to wait a little longer for a standard passport, or whether you really need an emergency travel document (ETD).

You need to be aware of the following:

  • An ETD is normally valid for only one month. Depending on travel circumstances validity may be extended at the time of application.
  • Problems can occur if an ETD is used for anything other than returning to your place of residence. If you plan to travel through several countries, it may be better to obtain a standard passport.
  • You need to return your ETD when you apply for a standard passport. This, as well as any visas in the document, will be destroyed. Therefore, if you need a long-term visa (e.g. a residence visa), it may be better to obtain a standard passport.
  • Multiple entry visas, residence permits and other ‘long-life’ endorsements should not be entered into ETDs.

The Department of Internal Affairs has an application form and details on applying for an emergency travel document.

If you are travelling on any travel document other than a standard passport, including an ETD, you may need to obtain an appropriate entry visa for entry into the Philippines.  You should contact your nearest Philippine embassy or consulate for information about this requirement.

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