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Aviation security enhancements for flights to the United States and United Kingdom

Updated: 22 March 2017, 16:08 NZDT

From no later than 25 March 2017, passengers on direct flights inbound to the United States and the United Kingdom from certain airports in the Middle East and North Africa will not be allowed to carry electronic devices larger than a cell phone or smart phone in carry-on luggage or other accessible property. Electronic devices that exceed the size limits will need to be secured in checked luggage.For flights to the United Kingdom, the UK governm...read more

Zika Virus

Reviewed: 17 March 2017, 11:24 NZDT

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. ...read more

United States of America: Changes to entry requirements

Updated: 7 March 2017, 11:21 NZDT

An Executive Order signed by President Trump on 6 March 2017 (US time) will, when implemented, temporarily suspend entry into the United States of foreign nationals from six countries: Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen. A previous Executive Order on immigration, issued by the Trump Administration of 27 January, has been revoked.From 16 March 2017, the new Executive Order will suspend the issuing of visas for travellers from ...read more

Anzac Day 2017: Gallipoli

Updated: 7 March 2017, 11:12 NZDT

On Anzac Day 2017, we will commemorate the Anzac landings in Gallipoli.Attending the servicesThe 2017 Anzac Day commemorative services at Gallipoli will be held on Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 April. For more information on the services, what to expect at Gallipoli and what to bring, visit the WW100 website.There is no ballot for the 2017 Anzac Day services at Gallipoli but attendees will require an attendance pass (which can be obtained by prio...read more

Brazil: Yellow Fever outbreak

Updated: 6 March 2017, 11:02 NZDT

Yellow fever is an acute viral disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes.  Infection with the yellow fever virus causes varying degrees of disease, from mild symptoms to severe illness with bleeding and jaundice. About 15% of people infected with yellow fever progress to a severe form of the illness, and half of those will die, as there is no cure for yellow fever. Beginning in late 2016 Brazil has experienced its most significant outbreak...read more

The Pacific: Dengue Fever outbreak

Updated: 2 March 2017, 12:37 NZDT

An outbreak of Dengue fever is currently ongoing in Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Fiji, American Samoa, Nauru and Palau. Dengue fever is a viral disease spread by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito and can cause significant symptoms. Symptoms include high fever, headache, pain behind the eyes, joint pain, muscle and bone pain, rash and mild bleeding (e.g nose bleeds). A small proportion of dengue fever cases have a severe dise...read more

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