While planning your trip:

  1. Check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s website safetravel.govt.nz for the latest travel advice about your planned destination.
  2. Take out comprehensive travel insurance as soon as you finalise your travel arrangements. If you intend to use credit card travel insurance, get to grips with the activation requirements before completing your bookings.
  3. Ensure you have the necessary visas and a valid passport. Some countries require passports to be valid six months beyond your visit.
  4. Consult a doctor about vaccinations and a medical kit for your planned destinations six to eight weeks before you leave. Some categories of prescription medicines should be carried together with a medical certificate signed by a doctor.

Prior to departure:

  1. Register your travel details on safetravel.govt.nz. During a major overseas incident, those registered on the site are often contacted first by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to confirm their safety and wellbeing.
  2. Note contact details of the nearest New Zealand embassy, high commission or consulate in your planned destination.
  3. Give a family member or friend your travel information, such as accommodation details and photocopies of your itinerary, passport and certificate of insurance.
  4. Prepare a mixture of payment options for your trip, such as a credit card and cash (including foreign currency for your transit and arrival). Ask your bank about your destination’s ATM facilities and inform it you’ll be using your cards overseas.