Large enhance in abroad demand for New Zealand passports

This story was originally published on RNZ.co.nz and will be republished with permission.

While the number of New Zealand passports issued this year has decreased, inquiries from overseas New Zealanders and requests for their first passport have increased sharply.

Overall, the number of passports issued this year was reduced by 79 percent, in line with the changes at the border and trips abroad to Covid.

However, the number of inquiries from overseas has increased significantly: 48 percent were sent to people overseas, compared to 22 percent in the previous year.

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Chancellor General for Births, Deaths and Marriages, Jeff Montgomery, said this was because people wanted peace of mind to return to New Zealand.

“We saw that 48 percent of passports issued to New Zealanders this year were for New Zealanders based overseas. Some of them have recently returned home, others are applying for them in case they need to come home Future. “

The Department of the Interior provided 35 percent more adult first-time passes to citizens outside New Zealand than in 2019. The United States led this by doubling the normal number of first-time applications.

Montgomery said applicants usually traveled with a different nationality (e.g. an EU passport) but were New Zealand citizens and wanted the security of a New Zealand passport so they had the opportunity to return home.

Others were foreign-born New Zealanders who first opted for a New Zealand passport.

Montgomery said if you are New Zealander you can always return to New Zealand as long as you can prove you are New Zealander and a passport is the best way to do that.

“We’ve never seen it on this scale before, and that’s because New Zealanders were able to travel fairly freely overseas with their overseas passports, but with the changes to the borders on Covid, New Zealanders feel more secure about having a new Zealand passport, though they want to travel back to New Zealand, “he said.

This year officials have issued New Zealand passports to people in 150 countries, which is in line with previous years. But this year it was sending passports to places it didn’t receive requests from in 2019, including Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Gibraltar, Guyana, St. Barthelemy, St. Maarten, and Tunisia.

In the past year, more than 300,000 New Zealanders have expired their passports.

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In the past year, more than 300,000 New Zealanders have expired their passports.

Passport expiration date

Officials are concerned about the growing number of people with expired New Zealand passports and encourage them to renew them during the Christmas break.

Montgomery said last year more than 300,000 New Zealanders had their passports expired.

This corresponded to an 80 percent decrease in the number of passports issued this year.

Montgomery has said in the past that these people renewed themselves immediately but didn’t renew them because they didn’t plan on traveling in the near future.

He said if there were border changes people would be able to travel again and they should renew their passports as soon as possible.

“We encourage them to renew their expired passport as soon as possible and not wait until the last minute. And we encourage New Zealanders to do so online during the Christmas break to renew their passport when the borders open are ready to go and don’t risk having an expired passport when it is time to travel, “he said.

Montgomery said a pass is valid for 10 years, so it’s better to renew it and keep it in your drawer than rushing to the last minute with loads of other people and trying to renew it when the borders open and people can travel.

“We encourage all New Zealanders to always have an up-to-date passport if there is any chance they will travel in the future,” he said.

According to Montgomery, applying for a last minute pass cost significantly more and at the moment they were able to issue passports in 10 days. However, if demand increased significantly, it may not have.

Not at sea anymore

No New Zealand passports were issued to anyone who considered themselves “At Sea” that year.

Montgomery said the category applies to people who work on cruise lines or live on other recreational craft.

When their passports had expired, they had them extradited at sea.

He said no New Zealanders received their passports to an address at sea this year, likely because they went ashore with the uncertainty about Covid.

“It is sent to them ‘at sea’, obviously there is a bit more information about the address than this, but it was given to them who are in the same boat somewhere in the world,” he said.

This story was originally published on RNZ.co.nz and will be republished with permission.

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