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Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

Updated: 21 July 2015, 14:02 NZST

There is ongoing concern about the outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), which was first reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) in September 2012. Cases of MERS-CoV have been reported in several Middle Eastern countries, including Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Lebanon. The virus appears to be circulating widely throughout the Arabian Peninsula and most cases of more

Chunuk Bair commemorative service – 8 August 2015

Updated: 16 July 2015, 09:45 NZST

A service to commemorate the centenary of the Battle for Chunuk Bair will be held on the Gallipoli Peninsula on 8 August 2015. The hour long service will be held in the vicinity of the New Zealand memorial at Chunuk Bair and will commence at 5pm. The service will be not be balloted like this year’s Anzac Day commemorations, but those planning to attend are requested to register their interest. There are seats available for 1000 people and some more

If you’re getting a benefit, tell Work and Income before you go overseas

Posted: 13 July 2015, 11:30 NZST

If you receive a benefit, you must let Work and Income know of your travel plans and your reasons for travel before departing New Zealand. Partners travelling must also inform Work and Income. Work and Income will automatically stop payments from the day after you leave New Zealand (an exception being those on New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension), unless you have informed Work and Income before you go and they have agreed more

Health information

Reviewed: 5 June 2015, 09:45 NZST

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade liaises with the Ministry of Health to provide information on health issues for New Zealand travellers, including information on disease outbreaks and health precautions for travellers.  For more information on travel health issues, please see our Health and Travel page. more

Need a visa for travelling overseas?

Reviewed: 2 June 2015, 12:08 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.   The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade cannot provide visa advice for other countries' specific visa requirements.  You should research visa requirements well in advance more

International surrogacy

Reviewed: 2 June 2015, 12:07 NZST

International surrogacy can be fraught with difficulty.  Recent international media coverage has highlighted significant concerns for those considering travelling overseas for commercial surrogacy arrangements.  It is extremely important to ensure that any child born as a result of a surrogacy arrangement overseas is able to exit that country lawfully, and enter and reside permanently in New Zealand, if that is the intention.  All more

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