Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

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2016 Rio Paralympic Games

Posted: 23 August 2016, 10:43 NZST

New Zealanders intending to travel to Brazil for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (7-18 September) are advised to plan ahead including making travel, accommodation and event bookings.  Our travel advisory for Brazil provides information on safety and security risks. We currently advise travellers to exercise caution due to violent crime. You should also read our advice on the Zika virus.  New Zealand Consular ServicesA New& more

Canada Visa Exemption

Updated: 18 August 2016, 11:30 NZST

On 15 March 2016, changes to the Canadian visa exemption came into effect. All New Zealand citizens travelling to, or transiting through Canada, including those who currently do not need a visa, now need to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorisation or eTA. Exceptions include travellers with a valid Canadian visa. The leniency period that allows travellers to board their flight without an eTA ends on September 30, 2016.You can apply more

Saudi Arabia: Hajj Pilgrimage 2016

Posted: 16 August 2016, 11:12 NZST

Over 2 million Muslim pilgrims are expected to visit Mecca to perform the Hajj in September 2016.   As there is an ongoing threat of terrorism in Saudi Arabia, New Zealanders considering making the pilgrimage are advised to read our travel advisory for Saudi Arabia. If you decide to travel, register your details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and ensure you have comprehensive insurance coverage before you go. more

Zika Virus

Reviewed: 11 August 2016, 09:39 NZST

There is ongoing concern about the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus and the impact of Zika infections on pregnant women and their babies. There are also concerns that Zika infection can, in rare instances, lead to Guillain-Barré syndrome, a serious immune system disorder. Zika is spreading to many tropical and sub-tropical countries. Cases of zika virus have been reported in Africa, southern Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the Americas. more

Europe: Internal border controls

Updated: 11 August 2016, 09:38 NZST

This advice is currently under review.    Please note that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade cannot provide definitive advice as to the ability of New Zealanders to enter or remain in the Schengen area in any specific case.  Border officials may adopt different interpretations of the rules or take into account other factors which might affect eligibility for entry.  For this reason we recommend that travellers more

MFAT advises travelling Kiwis to log on before take off

Posted: 5 August 2016, 09:22 NZST

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade says increasing numbers of Kiwi travellers are heeding advice about registering with SafeTravel before they head overseas.  “We can’t stress enough the importance of checking SafeTravel information.  We strongly urge Kiwis to seek out travel advice before they depart,” says Consular Divisional Manager Lyndal Walker.  “It is reassuring that more people are registering with us. more

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