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New passport checks for travellers

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 25/07/2016

In a bid to protect Kiwi borders, all travellers will now be checked against a database for lost or stolen passports.

Immigration New Zealand announced on Monday that travellers flying to, from or through the country will be checked against Interpol's stolen and lost travel documents database.

The security check will be performed when passengers check in, but people shouldn't notice a difference to the current check-in process, INZ says.

INZ already has robust processes in place, but the new check will provide greater border controls, spokesman Peter Devoy says.

If a travel document has been reported lost or stolen to Interpol, the traveller will not be able to board their flight and airlines will contact INZ staff at the border.

During the 2015-16 financial year, 2930 people were not allowed to board a flight to New Zealand, compared with 2280 the previous year.

Most cases related to passengers not meeting immigration entry requirements, INZ said.

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