Everyone crossing the New Zealand border will be checked against INTERPOL’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database. Travellers flying to, from or through New Zealand should ensure they have all their travel documentation in order.
This security measure will be implemented at the check-in stage of passengers’ journeys. To avoid adding delays to the trips, the INTERPOL check will be integrated into Immigration New Zealand’s (INZ) Advance Passenger Processing (APP) checks, which are already conducted for those travelling to New Zealand.
While INZ already has comprehensive screening processes in place for incoming travellers, the introduction of the INTERPOL check will ensure that New Zealand’s borders are even more secure.
If INTERPOL’s database picks up that a travel document has been reported lost or stolen, New Zealand’s APP system will prevent the person from boarding the flight. Airlines will then liaise with INZ border staff as to how to proceed.
Between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2016, 2,930 people were prevented from boarding their flight to New Zealand. Most of these cases were due to passengers not meeting immigration entry requirements.
Passengers who are found to be committing immigration fraud when an APP check is carried out will face penalties. If you are found guilty of the offence, you can face up to seven years in prison or may have to pay a fine of NZD100,000. Using lost or stolen documents to gain New Zealand residence or citizenship will cause you to lose the relevant right and may result in deportation.