Afghanistan Response

The below information is intended to provide the latest updates of our involvement in assisting with the international efforts to evacuate New Zealanders and other foreign nationals from Afghanistan.

Information last updated: 31 August 2021

Media releases and updates


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The New Zealand Defence Force has deployed a Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130H(NZ) Hercules aircraft and approximately 80 personnel. These personnel include aircrew and maintenance staff, a medical team, operational support staff, logistics personnel and force protection personnel, amongst others.

Afghan National Resettlement Eligibility 

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Afghan nationals who helped the NZDF or other New Zealand Government agencies in Afghanistan, and their immediate family (partner and dependent children), were able to apply for resettlement in New Zealand. Given the current situation outlined above, applications are now closed. Applications received before 11.59pm 25 August 2021 (New Zealand Time) will continue to be processed. For information about visas and entry into New Zealand visit link)


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