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Zika Virus

Updated: 14 April 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. ...read more

SafeTravel is going social

Posted: 18 March 2016, 14:07 NZDT

SafeTravel has gone social with the launch of SafeTravel on Facebook.    The SafeTravel Facebook page is publishing SafeTravel travel advice, as well as news features on issues relevant to Kiwi travellers. This will help New Zealanders keep up to date with our latest travel advice and information on current travel issues. The page will also be used during overseas emergency response situations to post up-to-date messaging for New Zeal...read more

New Zealanders with unpaid debts overseas

Posted: 15 March 2016, 16:34 NZDT

New Zealanders with unpaid debts overseas may be detained on arrival at the airport by the local authorities, including when in transit.  You may also find yourself prevented from departure until a debt is settled or a dispute is resolved.  This includes cases of outstanding accommodation bills from previous visits, medical fees, missed loan repayments, bounced cheques, and unresolved commercial and civil disputes.   We encour...read more

Medical tourism

Posted: 15 March 2016, 16:28 NZDT

It is important to consider your physical and mental health before travelling overseas, and this includes for the purpose of medical tourism. Many New Zealanders are tempted by the perceived prospect of cheaper and more immediate access to medical treatment overseas. New Zealanders are strongly advised to discuss any plans they have to travel overseas for a medical a procedure with their local health practitioner well in advance of their trip, t...read more

Travelling with a criminal conviction

Posted: 15 March 2016, 10:39 NZDT

Other countries' border control authorities may refuse entry to New Zealand citizens with a criminal record, in accordance with their regulations.   This may be regardless of the seriousness of the crime the New Zealander committed, or how much time has passed since the conviction occurred.  All New Zealand citizens with a criminal record are urged to consult with the relevant country's embassy or immigration authority to check tha...read more

Changes to Canada Visa Exemption

Posted: 19 February 2016, 14:44 NZDT

On 15 March 2016, changes to the Canadian visa exemption come in to effect. All New Zealand citizens travelling to, or transiting through Canada, including those who currently do not need a visa, will need to apply for an Electronic Visa Authorisation or eTA. You can apply for an eTA online, or visit the Canadian Government’s eTA website for more information. New Zealand citizens who apply/have applied for a work or study permit since 1 Au...read more

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