If I am now an Australian citizen and I still have a NZ passport, can I travel on my NZ passport?

  • You can use your New Zealand passport if you are a New Zealand citizen, though Australia may want your Australian passport regardless.
    – phoog
    Commented Feb 21, 2017 at 13:07

2 Answers 2


Yes. Both Australia and New Zealand recognise dual citizenship. Your New Zealand citizenship does not end simply because you have acquired Australian citizenship.

Your New Zealand passport remains valid until its expiry date, on which you can still renew your New Zealand passport. However, as an Australian citizen, you must now enter Australia using an Australian passport.

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    what can happen if an Australian enters Australia by their New Zealand passport?
    – phuclv
    Commented Feb 21, 2017 at 13:46
  • @LưuVĩnhPhúc Nothing much special. New Zealand passport holders get to stay indefinitely in Australia
    – Crazydre
    Commented Feb 21, 2017 at 20:28
  • It is likely that Australia knows you are an Australian citizen even when entering on a New Zealand passport, given the information exchange between the two countries. It would probably end up something similar to this: travel.stackexchange.com/questions/22427/…
    – molypot
    Commented Feb 21, 2017 at 20:46

Yes, while you are in another country, i.e. not Australia or New Zealand, you are free to choose the passport you want to present.

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