An updated passport with new and improved security features is being phased in by the Department of Internal Affairs.
The Buzz wonders if this has anything to do with so-called covid passports or covid certificates.
Without providing any details, the DoIA says: “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 features,” says Maria Robertson, Service Delivery and Operations Deputy Chief Executive.
“These new security enhancements make the New Zealand passport one of the most technologically advanced passports in the world.”
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.
Current passports remain valid until the date of expiry and can continue to be used until that time.
The New Zealand passport allows access visa-free to 185 countries, making it one of the best in the world.