Consular assistance is help provided by the New Zealand government to a New Zealander travelling or living overseas.

It can range from helping people who have been victims of crime, to assisting people in detention, to providing advice to families of New Zealanders who have died in another country.

In the 2017/18 year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s offshore posts (Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates) received 34,842 inquiries from travelling New Zealanders, and opened 2,253 new consular cases.

Consular Snapshot report

Our Consular Snapshot report summarising how we helped New Zealanders overseas in the 2017/18 year is available to read here.

It is also available to download as a PDF below:

Consular Snapshot 2017-18 [PDF, 7 MB]

Consular data

A more detailed breakdown of the Ministry's data summarising consular assistance over the same period is also available here:

Consular Data 2017/18 [PDF, 250 KB]

More information 

Further information about how the New Zealand government can help New Zealanders overseas can be found on SafeTravel (external link).