There are a number of things to consider before travelling overseas whether it is for work or personal reasons.

When travelling overseas with electronic devices, either work or personal, you must consider the risks posed if the devices were lost, stolen or compromised. Electronic devices hold a significant amount of information about you, or the New Zealand government, and may provide an adversary with long-term access to that information. If possible, government employees should avoid taking work-issued electronic media or devices overseas. If necessary, use agency-supplied specific devices for overseas travel. Familiarise yourself with your agency’s policies and procedures and seek advice from your CSO before you travel. It may also be appropriate for you to be briefed by NZSIS – your CSO can arrange this.

While you are overseas you may come into contact with foreign government officials. All government employees, in particular, security clearance holders, must report any contact with foreign government officials that appears suspicious, persistent or unusual in any respect to their CSO. You will be asked to complete a contact reporting form.

Security clearance holders must report residence in, or visits to, foreign countries, to their CSO at the time they occur.

If you are considering residing in a foreign country for an extended period of time you may want to consider your ongoing eligibility for a security clearance. Normally only New Zealand citizens or holders of Residence Class visa whose backgrounds can be checked for a requisite period of five years for CONFIDENTIAL level clearances, ten years for SECRET level clearances and ‘whole-of-life’ for the highest-level clearances are eligible for security vetting. Residing overseas may result in an uncheckable background and mean you are not eligible for a security clearance. Contact your CSO or NZSIS for more information.