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Saudi Arabia: Hajj Pilgrimage 2015

Updated: 4 September 2015, 16:29 NZST

Over 2 million Muslim pilgrims are expected to visit Mecca to perform the Hajj in late September 2015.   As there is a continuing 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 g...read 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 ...read 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 t...read 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 https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/international-surrogacy for more information on international surrogacy....read more

Germany: Oktoberfest 2015

Posted: 26 August 2015, 11:46 NZST

Munich’s annual Oktoberfest beer festival is scheduled to take place this year between 19 September and 4 October.  New Zealanders planning on attending this year’s festival should read this information in conjunction with the travel advisory for Germany.    Before you goAll New Zealanders planning on attending Oktoberfest are encouraged to:   Register your details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tra...read 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 ...read more

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