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1 Wellington Embassy Consular Closure Day 28 April 2014

Please note that the Consular Section of the Embassy in Wellington will be closed on 28 April 2014. It will not be possible to apply for passports/visas on that day. Services resume as per usual on 29 April 2014.

2 No visa applications possible on 8 May 2014

Please note that it is not possible to submit a visa application on 8 May 2014 at the Embassy in Wellington or the Consulates in Auckland and Christchurch. Applications will be processed again as normal on 9 May 2014. Our apologies for the inconvenience.

3 Invitation King's Birthday

The Oranje Comité Wellington would like to invite the people of the Dutch community to attend the reception to celebrate the FIRST King's Birthday of King Willem-Alexander.

4 Important news regarding Dutch travel documents

The issue of Dutch travel documents is going to change worldwide, including New Zealand. Within the next two years, no later than 1 January 2016, the Honorary Consulates in Auckland and Christchurch will no longer issue Dutch passports and visas. From that day onwards you will only be able to apply for a passport or visa at the Netherlands Embassy in Wellington.

5 Closure dates Wellington Embassy and Consulates Auckland and Christchurch: 24 February until 10 March

Please note that on 9 March 2014 the validity of the Dutch passport for persons who are 18 years and older will be extended from 5 to 10 years. Therefore a new passport model will be implemented. This implementation will take place from 24 February until 10 March.

6 New passports and ID cards for adults valid for 10 years

As of 9 March 2014, new passports and identity cards for adults will be valid for 10 years. Documents for minors under the age of 18 will remain valid for five years, as before. The new fees for travel documents and ID cards will take effect on the same date.

7 Longer processing times for travel document applications in January 2014

If you wish to apply for a Dutch passport or identity card during the first 3 weeks of January, you should take into account that processing times may be longer than usual. Also, appointment availability will be limited.

8 Christmas Period Closure Days

Please note that the Embassy and Consulates are closed between 23 December 2013 and 3 January 2014.

9 President of the Eurogroup, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, gave this year's Europe House Lecture in the Hague

In his speech President and Minister of Finance, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, described the Eurozone as a community with solidarity among its members and an understanding of each other’s responsibilities. The euro crisis has put this community to the test. Doubts were raised about member states’ commitment to the rights and obligations within a monetary union. But the Eurozone took its responsibility - it showed significant efforts to help weak members and strengthened fiscal policy legislations at the same time. The work on the future design of the system is ongoing.

10 Netherlands Action Day for the Philippines

A national fundraising campaign ‘Nationale Actiedag Filipijnen Giro555’ started on Monday 18 November in the Netherlands in order to assist the Philippines.