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Nepal: Earthquake

Posted: 25 April 2015, 20:45 NZST

An earthquake estimated between 7.5 and 7.9 magnitude has struck Nepal, the epicentre was located between Pokhara and Kathmandu.  There have been reports of significant damage to property and some buildings in Kathmandu have collapsed, particularly in the old part of the city.  The international airport has been closed. New Zealanders travelling or living in Nepal should follow the advice of local authorities.  Visitors and touris...read more

Chile: Calbuco Volcano

Posted: 24 April 2015, 12:18 NZST

Calbuco volcano, located in the Los Lagos region in southern Chile, erupted on 22 April, 2015.  The Chilean government has declared a red alert and ordered an evacuation of the area surrounding the volcano.  The airport in Puerto Montt has been temporarily closed.   New Zealanders travelling or living in southern Chile should follow the advice of local authorities, including any evacuation orders.  Visitors and tourists ...read more

Anzac Day 2015 commemorations in Gallipoli, Turkey

Updated: 2 April 2015, 19:44 NZDT

On Anzac Day 2015, we will commemorate the centenary of the ANZAC landings in Gallipoli. The Anzac Commemorative Site is a small, constrained area surrounded by sea and steep terrain. For health and safety reasons, the Australian, New Zealand and Turkish governments have agreed to allow a maximum of 10,500 people at the 25 April 2015 commemorations. Attending the services New Zealand’s share of these places has been allocated via ballot,...read more

Need a visa for travelling overseas?

Reviewed: 1 April 2015, 10:53 NZDT

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 ...read more

International surrogacy

Reviewed: 27 March 2015, 12:42 NZDT

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 ...read more

Health information

Reviewed: 12 March 2015, 13:06 NZDT

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. ...read more

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