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.
2 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.
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.
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.
Please note that the Embassy and Consulates are closed between 23 December 2013 and 3 January 2014.
6 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.
A national fundraising campaign ‘Nationale Actiedag Filipijnen Giro555’ started on Monday 18 November in the Netherlands in order to assist the Philippines.
Please note that due to a technical issue with the computer systems, the consulate in Auckland and the embassy in Wellington will be closed on 28 November 2013. It is possible however to make an appointments for passport and visa applications on any other other day during office hours. Please visit our online appointment system to book a time slot.
The Dutch Dayz are a unique series of events which showcase the modern Netherlands in the field of photography, film, technology, design, infrastructure and more. The Dutch Dayz events have started on the 28th of August.
Katja Gruijters, an award-winning Dutch food designer is aiming to inspire New Zealanders with innovative ways to add value to food industry and exports. She will be in the country this month as a guest of Massey University, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Designers Institute of New Zealand.