The Consular Snapshot contains information about the assistance the Ministry provides to New Zealanders who travel or live overseas.

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

Consular Snapshot 2018-19

The Consular Snapshot for 2018-19 shows a 20 per cent jump in the number of Kiwis seeking consular assistance.

The Ministry received more than 23,000 general inquiries about consular issues, and dealt with 2,716 consular cases in the year from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019.

Download the Consular Snapshot report

Our Consular Snapshot report summarising how we helped New Zealanders overseas in the 2018/19 year is available to download as a PDF below:

Consular Snapshot 2018-19 Report cover [PDF, 3.1 MB]

Advice for New Zealanders overseas

We advise travelling New Zealanders to check our travel advice for your destination, register your travel details on the SafeTravel website so we can contact you in an emergency, and get comprehensive travel insurance.

We also encourage New Zealanders who are planning overseas travel to:

  • check their passport will be valid throughout the trip
  • check the visa or entry requirements of their destinations (including if there are restrictions applying to people who have a criminal record)
  • find out whether there are any health requirements for the destinations
  • ensure they can access sufficient money to see them through the trip.

Find more information about how the New Zealand Government can help New Zealanders overseas on SafeTravel (external link).