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A2.1 Types of acceptable travel document

Acceptable travel documents are standard passports or certificates of identity that:

  1. come within the definitions in A2.1.1 and A2.1.5 below; and
  2. meet the criteria set out in A2.5 to A2.10.

A2.1.1 Definition of 'passport'

See also Immigration Act 2009 s 4

A passport is a document that:

  1. is issued by or on behalf of the government of any country; and
  2. is recognised by the New Zealand government as a passport; and
  3. purports to establish the identity and nationality of the holder; and
  4. confers on the holder the right to enter the country of the government of which has issued the document; and
  5. has not expired.

A2.1.5 Definition of 'certificate of identity'

See also Immigration Act 2009 s 4

  1. A certificate of identity is a document (other than a passport) issued by the government of any country to any person for the purposes of facilitating that person's entry into or exit from any country.
  2. A certificate of identity:
    1. purports to establish the identity but not the nationality of a person; and
    2. confers on that person a right to enter the country whose government has issued the document.
  3. A certificate of identity includes:
    1. any emergency travel document or refugee travel document issued under the Passports Act 1992; and
    2. any travel document issued by any international organisation for the time being specified by the Minister for the purpose of this definition.

      Example: United Nations travel documents are acceptable travel documents even though they are not issued by a government. Branches and posts will be advised of any travel document accepted as a certificate of identity. Such documents include:

      ~ Cartes de Service, issued to officials of the South Pacific Commission; and
      ~ Laissez-passers, issued to United Nations officials; and
      ~ Laissez-passers, issued to officials of the Commission of European Communities.

Effective 29/11/2010


A2.5 Criteria for acceptable travel documents

A2.10 Acceptable travel documents

A2.15 Unacceptable travel documents

A2.20 When acceptable travel documents are not available

A2.25 Refugee travel documents

A2.30 Taiwan passports

A2.35 New Zealand citizens

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