An updated passport with new and improved security
features is being phased in by Te Tari Taiwhenua Department
of Internal Affairs.
“The New Zealand passport has a
unique design we can be proud of when we present our
documents at foreign borders,” says Maria Robertson,
Service Delivery and Operations Deputy Chief
“New Zealanders can be assured that the
government has taken all necessary steps to protect the
reputation of the New Zealand passport. We attach a lot of
value to our passport and the enhanced security
Te Tari Taiwhenua has ensured New Zealand
passports continue to have top security features without
increasing the cost of producing passports. These new
security enhancements make the New Zealand passport one of
the most technologically advanced passports in the
The silver fern and Coat of Arms remain, but te
reo Māori now appears first on the cover and throughout the
To ensure wastage is minimised, the public may
not see a new a new version of the book for some time as
existing book stock will continue to be produced until stock
is depleted. The impacts of COVID-19 on travel mean it will
take longer than anticipated to use the old stock.
public can be assured they are receiving a high quality and
secure passport, regardless of which book they receive.
Current passports remain valid until the date of expiry and
can continue to be used until that time.
Zealand passport allows access visa-free to 185 countries,
making it one of the best in the world.
Taiwhenua makes it easy to apply for a passport. Just visit