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Poland: World Youth Day: 25 July-1 August 2016

Updated: 13 July 2016, 16:22 NZST

The Catholic Church’s World Youth Day is expected to draw 2.5 million visitors to Kraków between 25 July and 1 August.  New Zealanders planning to attend should be aware that local infrastructure may be affected due to the large number of visitors expected.   We recommend you:Register your travel and contact details. The details you provide will help us contact you in the event of an emergency and relay important information more

2016 Rio Olympic Games

Updated: 11 July 2016, 12:00 NZST

New Zealanders intending to travel to Brazil for the Rio 2016 Olympic (5-21 August) and 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.  If you intend more

Zika Virus

Updated: 4 July 2016, 12:15 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

United States of America: 90 Day Visa Waiver and Zero Tolerance

Posted: 24 June 2016, 16:49 NZST

The policy of the United States of America with regard to all visa and overstaying violations is one of “zero tolerance”.  Even if a foreign national stays only one day beyond their visa expiry, this may lead to arrest.  If you are arrested in the USA this could result in imprisonment, deportation and prohibition of entry to the USA for up to 10 years New Zealand is one of the participating countries of the United States’ Visa more

Need a visa for travelling overseas?

Updated: 8 June 2016, 12:15 NZST

New Zealanders travelling overseas may require a visa in order to enter certain countries. Please check with your travel agent or with the Embassy or High Commission of the countries you intend to visit/transit to find out their visa requirements as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is unable to advise on the visa requirements of other countries.   You should research visa requirements well in advance of your departure.& more

Brazil: Rental Scams

Posted: 18 May 2016, 15:32 NZST

New Zealanders travelling to and residing in Brazil should be aware of rental scams on the internet.  There have been reports of fake rental advertisements of properties in Brazil, including in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. These advertisements have appeared on commonly used accommodation rental sites and make fraudulent claims.If you are looking for a rental property in Brazil, particularly in the build up to the Olympics, make sure you more

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