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Hong Kong: Ongoing Protests

Reviewed: 11 October 2019, 18:15 NZDT

Protest activity is ongoing in Hong Kong and there continues to be a risk of violent confrontation. Protest locations on Hong Kong Island may include the main commercial districts, including Causeway Bay. Protests may also occur in Kowloon and the New Territories including in Mongkok. Locations of gatherings can be unpredictable and change at short notice. Acts of violence have occurred between police and demonstrators across more

Typhoon Hagibis

Reviewed: 11 October 2019, 15:42 NZDT

Typhoon Hagibis is currently tracking towards the south-east of Japan and is currently forecast to make landfall as a Category 2 Typhoon from Saturday 12 October 2019 (local time). Typhoon Hagibis is predicted to bring heavy rain, flash flooding, and destructive winds which may reach speeds of over 154km/hr.   New Zealanders in Japan are advised to follow the advice of local authorities including evacuation orders. Seek more

Ecuador: Protests

Posted: 10 October 2019, 15:46 NZDT

There have been extensive protests across Ecuador since 3 October following new economic measures announced by the Government on 1 October. This has caused nationwide disruption, with demonstrations and road blockages in many provinces. A State of Emergency remains in place. The Armed Forces announced a curfew on 8 October, restricting access between 20:00 and 05:00 in the Historic Centre of Quito and in other areas of strategic importance more

Outbreaks of Polio

Reviewed: 23 September 2019, 14:05 NZST

In September 2019, an outbreak of polio was declared in the Philippines. In July 2019, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced a situational update on circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 outbreaks in the WHO African and Eastern Mediterranean regions. In June 2018 an outbreak of vaccine-derived poliovirus was declared by the Papua New Guinea Government in Morobe province. In July 2018, preparations for implementation of large more

Japan: Rugby World Cup 2019

Posted: 20 August 2019, 17:41 NZST

New Zealanders planning on attending this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan, beginning on 20 September 2019, should read this information in conjunction with the travel advisory for Japan.  Before you goAll New Zealanders planning on attending the Rugby World Cup are encouraged to: Ensure they have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that provides cover for any pre-existing conditions and any activities they wish to more

Egypt: Suspension of Flights

Reviewed: 22 July 2019, 18:00 NZST

On 20 July British Airways announced that it was suspending its flights to Cairo for seven days as a security precaution. Lufthansa have announced similar measures for two flights. Other airlines may be affected. If you plan to travel to Egypt we advise you to contact your airline for further information. We take this opportunity to remind New Zealanders of our travel advice for Egypt. New Zealanders in or travelling to Egypt should exercise more

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