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From: John Burns-Smith

Dear Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade,

I would also like to make an Official Information Act request for policy documents, guidance notes that outline what categories of person are entitled to be issued diplomatic passports and under what circumstances (for example, current and former prime ministers / Department CEOs) and any policies that govern the use of these travel documents.

This request follows an OIA request to the Dept of Internal Affairs (OIA request 21/22 0113) in which the department states:

"Please find attached the policies relating to Official and Diplomatic passports, extracted from the Department’s policy resource Tuwhiria te Tikanga. I note that it is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) who direct the Department on whether to issue a Diplomatic passport. You may therefore wish to contact them in order to seek out any policy documentation they hold regarding this...". The full response is available at https://fyi.org.nz/request/16317-passpor... .

Yours faithfully,

John Burns-Smith

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From: ENQUIRIES
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

[UNCLASSIFIED]

 

Thank you for your email.

 

We advise that New Zealanders do not travel overseas at this time due to
the COVID-19 pandemic, associated health risks and travel restrictions.
This do not travel advisory (level 4 of 4) applies to all destinations
except Australia and the Cook Islands. See the [1]SafeTravel website for
more information, including advice for those who are staying put and steps
you should take if you still want to try to return home. We encourage all
New Zealanders overseas to register their details with SafeTravel for
important updates.

 

New Zealanders seeking consular assistance overseas can contact their
nearest New Zealand Embassy or Consulate. Contact details are listed in
each country page on the SafeTravel website. For urgent consular
assistance after-hours, please contact +64 99 20 20 20 (monitored 24
hours).

For enquiries regarding:

·           Managed Isolation and Quarantine – Detailed information can be
found at: [2]https://www.miq.govt.nz.

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needing assistance, email: [email address].

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New Zealand website at: [5]https://www.immigration.govt.nz/.

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·           New Zealand passports - visit the Internal Affairs website at:
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at: [8]www.dia.govt.nz/New-Zealand-citizenship.

·           Authentication of documents and Apostilles - visit the
Internal Affairs website at: [9]www.dia.govt.nz/document-authentication.

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For all other enquiries, you will receive a response in due course.  

 

Kind regards,

 

 

MFAT ENQUIRIES

New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade | Manatû Aorere

195 Lambton Quay, Private Bag 18901
Wellington 6160

New Zealand

[14]www.mfat.govt.nz | [15]www.safetravel.govt.nz

 

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

[UNCLASSIFIED]

 

Kia ora John Burns-Smith

 

Thank you for your OIA request received on 4 September 2021 for:

 

I would also like to make an Official Information Act request for policy
documents, guidance notes that outline what categories of person are
entitled to be issued diplomatic passports and under what circumstances
(for example, current and former prime ministers / Department CEOs) and
any policies that govern the use of these travel documents.

 

This request follows an OIA request to the Dept of Internal Affairs (OIA
request 21/22 0113) in which the department states:

 

"Please find attached the policies relating to Official and Diplomatic
passports, extracted from the Department’s policy resource Tuwhiria te
Tikanga. I note that it is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
(MFAT) who direct the Department on whether to issue a Diplomatic
passport. You may therefore wish to contact them in order to seek out any
policy documentation they hold regarding this...". The full response is
available at https://fyi.org.nz/request/16317-passpor... .

 

This email confirms receipt of your request and advises that we will
respond to it as soon as reasonably practicable, and in terms of the
timeframes and requirements of the OIA.

 

Many Ministry staff are working remotely during COVID-19 Alert Levels.
This means we may have reduced capacity to process some OIA requests. We
will do our best to make decisions on your OIA request as soon as
practicably possible, and to keep you informed of progress if there are
likely to be delays.

For your information, the Chief Ombudsman has published updated guidance
on OIA requests during the COVID-19 emergency:

·         [1]Chief Ombudsman’s statement on official information response
times during COVID-19 lockdown(external link)

·         [2]FAQs about official information requests during COVID-19

 

Please note that our response letter to you (with your personal details
redacted), and any enclosed documents, may be published on the Ministry’s
website.

 

Ngā mihi

 

Executive Services Division
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade | Manatū Aorere

 

 

 

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