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Destination guides > New Zealand & Pacific Islands > Travel essentials > Entry requirements > Passports


It is essential that your passport does not expire within six months of entering New Zealand or you may not be allowed into the country – even if you’re only planning on staying a few days.

You should allow plenty of time to apply for a new passport, although some passport agencies will rush your application for an additional cost.

Most travellers apply for a passport at the passport agency in their home country, but people living outside their country of citizenship should apply through their nearest embassy or consulate.


You can get passport application forms and apply for a passport at one of 1700 Australia Post passport agencies.

You will need to make an appointment for an interview at a post office and bring along your completed application form and original documents confirming your citizenship and identity. Australian passports cost $200 for a 32-page passport or $300 for a 64-page passport. They are usually issued within 10 days.

Contact the Australian Passport Information Service (tel 13 12 32) for further information.


To obtain a passport you will need the following: two identical passport photos; at least one document, such as a drivers’ licence, to prove your identity; proof of Canadian citizenship; any previous Canadian passport, certificate of identity or refugee travel document issued to you in the last five years; a completed application form and the application fee. A Canadian passport costs CDN$87-92 and is usually issued within two weeks if you apply in person and up to a month if you apply by mail or through an agent.
You can either apply at your local passport office or by sending your application forms to the main passport office in Gatineau, Québec.

Passport Canada

22 de Varennes Building, 22 rue de Varennes, Gatineau Québec J8T 8R1, Canada
Tel 1 800 567 6868 or (819) 997 8338
Open Mon-Fri 8.30am-4.30pm


Passport application forms are available from all Garda stations and from Post Offices that provide the Passport Express service. Completed application forms should be sent to the passport office in Cork (if you live in the counties of Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary or Waterford) or Dublin (if you live elsewhere in Ireland, including Northern Ireland). Passports should be issued within 10 working days.

A passport application should include two passport photos (which have been signed and certified) as well as proof of citizenship and the application fee. An Irish passport is valid for 10 years and costs €75 for a 32-page passport and €100 for a 48-page passport.

Passport Office Dublin

Setanta Centre, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2
Tram St Stephens Green
Tel (01) 671 1633
Open Mon-Fri 9.30am-4.30pm

Passport Office Cork

1a South Mall, Cork
Tel (021) 494 4700
Open Mon-Fri 9.30am-4.30pm


Passport application forms are available at all Department of Home Affairs offices in South Africa and South African consulates and embassies abroad. South African passports are valid for 10 years and cost R 165. Allow six weeks for the application to be processed.

Department of Home Affairs

Civitas Building, 242 Struben Street, Pretoria
Tel (012) 314 8911


British citizens can apply for a passport at offices of the UK Identity & Passport Service (tel 0870 521 0410) in Belfast, Durham, Glasgow, Liverpool, London, Newport and Peterborough or at one of 76 interview offices. British passports cost £72 for a 32-page passport and £85 for a 48-page passport. Expedited passport renewal applications lodged in person at a Passport Office cost £97 for a one-week service or £114 for same day service. British passports are valid for 10 years.

Passport renewals take around three weeks but if this is your first passport you will need to allow around six weeks as you may need to attend an interview.

London Passport Office

Globe House, 89 Eccleston Square, London SW1V 1PN
Tube Victoria Train Victoria
Tel 0870 521 0410
Open Mon-Fri 7.45am-7pm, Sat 9.15am-3.15pm


British citizens living outside the UK should apply through the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO).


US citizens can apply for a passport at over 9,000 public places that accept passport applications, which include courthouses, and many post offices. Applications take around four weeks to be processed but applications lodged at one of 13 regional passport agencies (Aurora CO, Boston MA, Chicago IL, Honolulu HI, Houston TX, Los Angeles CA, Miami FL, New Orleans LA, New York NY, Norwalk CT, Philadelphia PA, San Francisco CA, Seattle WA and Washington DC) are processed within two weeks. Passports cost US$100 ($75 application fee plus a $25 execution fee).


For more information, contact the US Passport office (tel (202) 647 0518).

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