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United States of America: 90 Day Visa Waiver and Zero Tolerance

Posted: 24 June 2016, 16:49 NZST

The policy of the United States of America with regard to all visa and overstaying violations is one of “zero tolerance”.  Even if a foreign national stays only one day beyond their visa expiry, this may lead to arrest.  If you are arrested in the USA this could result in imprisonment, deportation and prohibition of entry to the USA for up to 10 years New Zealand is one of the participating countries of the United States’ Visa more

Poland: World Youth Day 2016

Posted: 15 June 2016, 13:54 NZST

World Youth Day, a youth event organised by the Roman Catholic Church, will take place in Krakow, Poland between 25 and 31 July 2016. Before you goNew Zealanders planning on attending the World Youth Days in July are encouraged to: • Register your details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on the SafeTravel website so we can contact you and account for your well-being in an emergency. • Ensure you have a more

Evaluating New Zealand consular services

Posted: 14 June 2016, 17:34 NZST

Protecting the rights and welfare of New Zealanders abroad is one of the objectives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  The Ministry is currently carrying out its regular survey of New Zealanders who have received consular assistance between June 2015 and June 2016.  The survey is being conducted on the Ministry’s behalf by independent research company Colmar Brunton.   If you are asked to participate, we would more

UEFA Euro 2016 and Tour de France 2016

Posted: 13 June 2016, 15:16 NZST

Planning on travelling to France to follow your team at UEFA Euro 2016 or Le Tour de France?  The 2016 UEFA European Championship (UEFA Euro 2016) is under way from 10th June – 10th July 2016. The championship is hosted by France in 2016 with matches taking place across the country over the coming month. Le Tour de France will also be taking place from 2nd – 24th July 2016.  New Zealanders travelling to France to attend more

Need a visa for travelling overseas?

Updated: 8 June 2016, 12:15 NZST

New Zealanders travelling overseas may require a visa in order to enter certain countries. Please check with your travel agent or with the Embassy or High Commission of the countries you intend to visit/transit to find out their visa requirements as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is unable to advise on the visa requirements of other countries.   You should research visa requirements well in advance of your departure.& more


Posted: 23 May 2016, 13:30 NZST

Ramadan, the Islamic holy month, will be observed from approximately 6 June to 5 July 2016. The exact timing will depend on sightings of the moon which will vary from country to country.  For Muslims this is a time of prayer and fasting, in which Muslims refrain from eating, drinking or smoking, between dawn and sunset.   New Zealanders are advised to respect the religious and social traditions of the country they are in to more

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