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New security check for travellers

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Immigration New Zealand says that from 19 July 2016 a new security check has been implemented for all international air travellers.

"This means that all travellers flying to, through or from New Zealand will be checked against INTERPOL's Stolen and Lost Travel Documents database," Immigration New Zealand says. 

"Travellers should notice no difference to the current check-in process as this check will integrate seamlessly with other existing security checks."

INTERPOL's Stolen and Lost Travel Documents database was created in 2002 after the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States. Details of stolen and lost passports are submitted directly to the database by INTERPOL NCBs and law enforcement agencies. Only the country which issued a document can add it to the database.

Immigration New Zealand says the implementation of this additional security measure brings New Zealand one step closer to a safer Border by ensuring that people attempting to travel on stolen or lost travel documents are identified early and managed appropriately.