Do your research
Make sure you do your research to find out about your destinations and identify any travel risks. Travel guides are great for learning more about the places you intend to visit, and we can recommend some great guides to get you started.
Check for any health precautions you may need to take
Ask your health professional at least eight weeks before you go for advice on any health precautions needed in the area you are visiting, e.g. anti-malaria medication, vaccinations etc.
- You should check with us or with the Embassy or High Commissions of the countries you intend to visit or transit to find out their visa/entry requirements, and if you need to apply for a visa.
- You should do this well before your planned departure date to ensure you have the correct visa. The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade cannot provide this information. If you do not have the required visa, you may be refused entry to a country.
- Get comprehensive travel insurance from a reputable insurer
- Do not leave New Zealand without comprehensive travel and medical insurance – treatment of a minor injury or a hospital admission can be very expensive in some countries. Ask us for available options, and carry evidence of your insurance cover at all times. Make sure it covers the activities you will be undertaking, and any pre-existing medical conditions.
- Register your travel plans online with Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade – This is so you can be contacted in an emergency. If your travel plans change, remember to update your itinerary on the MFAT registration database and tell your family and friends.
- Advise family and/or friends of your travel plans – Make copies of your passport, insurance policy, 24-hour emergency numbers and ticket details. Carry one set separate from the originals and leave another set with family or friends.
- Safeguard your passport at all times – It can be difficult to replace your passport while overseas. Ensure it will remain valid for at least 6 months after your planned travel ends and that you have at least one clear visa page for immigration stamps. More information about passports can be found at www.passports.govt.nz.
- Contact home if you are near a major disaster or incident while travelling overseas.
Obey Local Laws
The New Zealand Government cannot intervene in the judicial processes of other countries. Being a New Zealand citizen does not entitle you to any special treatment.
Should I Take Cash, a Debit Card or a Credit Card on My Trip?
Once you’ve planned your trip, it’s time to get down to the details. You won’t get very far without the means to pay for your travels. If you can’t decide whether to bring along a debit card or cash, consider the pros and cons of the many different ways to pay for your travel expenses.
It depends. Let’s look at the pros and cons of each.
The Bottom Line
Many travelers choose a combination of two or three travel money options. Before you decide which one will work best for you, call your bank and ask about transaction fees and currency conversion charges. If your bank’s fees are high, consider getting a new credit or debit card for your trip.