But the Department of Internal Affairs says "we are well aware that the strong reputation and travel accessibility offered by the NZ passport makes it a target, which is one of the reasons we put a lot of effort and expertise into the strength of its issuance, integrity and controls." If you lose your passport (or think it's been stolen), it's important to report it to the nearest passport office or embassy, high commission or consulate so it can be cancelled and border control authorities can be notified. You could be jailed for up to 10 years, or fined up to 0,000. The artwork depicts themes of navigation and travel, representing the long journeys Kiwis have made throughout history to explore the world.
There are other cool features throughout the passport you might not have noticed - like how the Southern Cross travels from right to left, representing the movement of the constellation through the sky.
In some cases, that means renewing your passport well before its expiry date.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade recommends Kiwis check with the embassy or diplomatic office of any country you are visiting if you are unsure. The Department of Internal Affairs says damage to your passport can affect the photograph and the performance of the security chip that contains your personal information.
Once you have contacted us, you will be advised to make an appointment to apply for an emergency travel document at your nearest British High Commission or consulate.
Book an appointment for an emergency travel document in Auckland Book an appointment for an emergency travel document in Wellington.
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