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Nicaragua: Civil Unrest

Reviewed: 19 July 2018, 14:00 NZST

There has been a prolonged period of political unrest and street violence in many areas in Nicaragua since mid-April 2018. This has involved the use of tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition, causing many serious casualties and fatalities. There is potential for further violence and disorder – marches and demonstrations continue, particularly in and around Managua and Masaya. Major transport routes are frequently blocked, including land b...read more

Hawaii: Kilauea Volcano

Reviewed: 19 July 2018, 13:50 NZST

The USGS Volcano Hazards Program have an issued a volcano alert level warning for Kilauea Volcano on Hawai’i Island (also known as Big Island) due to a volcanic eruption, producing lava and hazardous gases. Hawaii County Civil Defense have evacuation orders in place for areas of the East Rift Zone of the volcano, and have blocked off access to specific areas of the Volcanoes National Park including some major roads. Earthquakes have b...read more

Indonesia: Bali: Mount Agung Volcano

Reviewed: 19 July 2018, 13:45 NZST

There has been a marked increase in seismic activity from Mt Agung Volcano in Bali, Indonesia. Eruptions occured in late June and early July 2018, and the potential for further activity remains. Ash clouds have severely disrupted air travel in and out of Bali - Ngurah Rai (Bali) International Airport was closed overnight on 28 June 2018. Although it has now reopened, further ash clouds could cause airport closures and the cancell...read more

Europe: Internal border controls

Reviewed: 18 July 2018, 16:13 NZST

As the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade does not issue visas it cannot provide definitive advice on the requirements to enter or exit countries within the Schengen area.  Border officials may adopt different interpretations of the rules or take into account other factors which might affect eligibility for entry.  For this reason we recommend that travellers consult in advance with their travel agent or the relevant EU/Schengen emba...read more

United States of America: Entry requirements

Reviewed: 18 July 2018, 11:20 NZST

Due to recent law changes, the United States of America has implemented entry requirements when arriving into their territory, or travelling to Cuba from the US. These could impact your travel in the region. Additional security questions at check-in Passengers on direct flights to the United States may be subjected to additional security-based questions at their airline check-in counter and may require additional security screening. This may ca...read more

South Africa: Western Cape Water Shortage

Reviewed: 18 July 2018, 10:45 NZST

The Western Cape, including Cape Town, is experiencing a serious drought. The city of Cape Town is most severely affected and it has implemented water restrictions. Effective 1 February 2018, water use is restricted to 50 litres per person per day, to reduce demand and conserve water.   We encourage all New Zealanders to be mindful of water consumption and comply with local restrictions. Visitors should take all necess...read more

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