I had to laugh when I saw that the Department of Internal Affairs is to phase in new passports as the old stock runs out. The New Zealand passport is one of the most powerful in the world – seventh alongside the US and the United Kingdom. The rankings are assessed on how many countries allow visa-free entry with the passport and we’re allowed entry to 187 – of course, all bets are off with Covid travel restrictions.
Still, when we are all finally able to make reservations without reservation, we’ll need our passports and if they have lapsed during the time of Covid, we may well be in line to get the new and improved model. Just to assuage any security concerns, the Department of Internal Affairs says the older models are just as safe – it’s just that the new ones will be considered one of the most technologically advanced in the world. So, good news.
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