New Zealand High Commission Pretoria, South Africa

Financial help

In general the New Zealand High Commssion in South Africa has no funds available to assist New Zealanders in financial difficulty.

People who wish to return to New Zealand and who are in financial difficulty (for instance, money or travel documents have been stolen) are recommended to contact friends or family who may be able to make travel arrangements on their behalf or assist them financially.

Money transfers can be easily and quickly arranged from within South Africa or from New Zealand between banks and by organisations such as Western Union.

If you are a New Zealander wishing to return to New Zealand and are experiencing extreme financial difficulties, a consular officer can assist you to make contact with friends or family who may be able to help you. A consular officer may also be able to offer advice on where to seek emergency accommodation or food until you are able to return to New Zealand.

Only in very serious situations can the High Commission advance the local equivilant of NZ$200, against an undertaking to repay.

Each case is assessed on its own merits and strict conditions apply.

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