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South America: Ayahuasca tea

Reviewed: 6 September 2018, 09:00 NZST

In some South American countries, especially Peru, Ecuador and Colombia, shamans and other individuals offer ‘spiritual cleansing’ rituals which involve serving Ayahuasca tea. This tea contains dimethyltryptamine (DMT), which is a hallucinogen. While not illegal, Ayahuasca tourism is not regulated and does present certain risks.   There have been reports of psychological damage, assault, theft and rape of people under the more

New Language for Travel Advisories

Reviewed: 20 August 2018, 16:00 NZST

We have changed the language we use within our travel advisory levels categories, to make them more useful for New Zealanders travelling overseas. The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade now uses a four level system to give advice in each of our travel advisories: -   Exercise normal safety and security precautions (previously “no significant security risk”) -   Exercise increased caution (previously more

United States of America: California: Wildfires

Reviewed: 20 August 2018, 14:20 NZST

Wildfires are affecting Northern California, and are ongoing. A state of Emergency has been declared by the governor in Orange, Shasta, Riverside and Mariposa counties. Evacuation orders are in place in several areas and emergency shelters have been opened. The office of emergency services has activated the state operations center to the highest level. We recommend monitoring the media to keep up to date with local developments and to follow more

Germany: Oktoberfest 2018

Reviewed: 20 August 2018, 14:05 NZST

Munich’s annual Oktoberfest beer festival is scheduled to take place this year between 22 September and 7 October 2018 in Bavaria, Germany. New Zealanders planning on attending this year’s festival should read this information in conjunction with our current travel advisory for Germany.   Before you goAll New Zealanders planning on attending Oktoberfest are encouraged to:  Register your details with the Ministry of more

Indonesia: Lombok: 6.9 Magnitude Earthquake

Reviewed: 20 August 2018, 14:00 NZST

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.9 struck eastern Lombok (Nusa Tenggara province), on 5 August 2018. There have been several significant aftershocks of 6.5 magnitude on 19 August, and 6.2 magnitude on 9 August. Aftershocks are expected to continue. Reports indicate that over 90 people have died, and there are over 200 severely injured although these numbers are likely to rise. Indonesia’s Meteorology, more

Vanuatu: Ambae Island Volcano

Reviewed: 2 August 2018, 12:00 NZST

The Government of Vanuatu has issued a state of emergency for the island of Ambae. The Government have ordered the immediate compulsory evacuation of the population of Ambae to the neighbouring island of Maewo. The Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department has assessed the Volcanic Alert Level as Level 3 (out of 5) for the Manaro Voui volcano on Ambae Island which is in a minor eruption state. New Zealanders in Vanuatu more

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