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Europe: Influx of refugees and migrants

Posted: 14 September 2015, 17:12 NZST

There has recently been a considerable increase in the number of refugees and migrants entering Europe.  In some countries this has resulted in disruptions to public transportation services such as trains and buses.  Services could be disrupted at short notice and there may also be delays at border crossings.   New Zealanders travelling through affected European countries are advised to monitor the media and local developments more

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

Updated: 4 September 2015, 16:23 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

Atlantic and North Pacific: Hurricane Season

Posted: 3 September 2015, 15:22 NZST

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June to the end of November with August and September signalling its peak.   The North Pacific hurricane season runs from May through to the end of November. New Zealanders are advised that in the event of an approaching hurricane they should follow the advice of the local authorities at all times (including any evacuation orders) and seek suitable shelter. Visitors and tourists staying in more

Surrogacy in Nepal

Posted: 2 September 2015, 16:22 NZST

New Zealanders are advised not to engage in commercial surrogacy arrangements in Nepal.  On 25 August 2015, the Supreme Court of Nepal issued an interim order to immediately halt all commercial surrogacy in Nepal. See for more information on international more

Kenya: Visa changes for New Zealand travellers

Posted: 20 August 2015, 14:28 NZST

The Government of Kenya has announced that from 1 September 2015 all applications for visas for Kenya must be made online.  It will no longer be possible to obtain a visa upon arrival at the airport.  Before travelling to Kenya, travellers must visit the Kenyan Department of Immigration Services website to apply for a visa.  You will be required to upload a photo, a passport scan, your travel itinerary, pay the necessary more

United Kingdom: Rugby World Cup 2015

Posted: 31 July 2015, 09:49 NZST

New Zealanders planning on attending this year’s Rugby World Cup in the United Kingdom, beginning on 18 September 2015, should read this information in conjunction with the travel advisory for the United Kingdom.   Before you goAll New Zealanders planning on attending the Rugby World Cup are encouraged to:  Ensure you have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that provides cover for any pre-existing conditions more

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