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Caribbean: Hurricane Matthew

Posted: 30 September 2016, 10:40 NZDT

Hurricane Matthew has the potential to impact a number of Caribbean islands from around the 2nd October. Affected countries may include Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Cuba and The Bahamas. Strong winds, heavy rain and hazardous sea conditions are to be expected in these areas.The US National Hurricane Centre is issuing alerts on Hurricane Matthew.We advise New Zealanders in these countries to stay informed of developments by monitoring local...read more

Canada Visa Exemption

Updated: 28 September 2016, 09:02 NZDT

On 15 March 2016, changes to the Canadian visa exemption came into effect. All New Zealand citizens travelling to, or transiting through Canada, including those who currently do not need a visa, now need to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorisation or eTA. Exceptions include travellers with a valid Canadian visa. The leniency period that allows travellers to board their flight without an eTA ends on November 9, 2016.You can apply for...read more

Consumer NZ: Travel insurance guide

Posted: 2 September 2016, 16:28 NZST

We have worked with Consumer NZ to help create a useful travel insurance guide for New Zealand travellers.   The guide helps you navigate the sometimes complex world of travel insurance.  It provides timely and useful information on policy types, insurance coverage, personal liability and how to make a successful insurance claim if you get into difficulty while travelling.  To read Consumer NZ’s travel insurance guide, cl...read more

Germany: Oktoberfest 2016

Posted: 1 September 2016, 09:50 NZST

Munich’s annual Oktoberfest beer festival is scheduled to take place this year between 17 September and 3 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 Trad...read more

Peru/Ecuador: Ayahuasca tea

Reviewed: 31 August 2016, 18:18 NZST

In some South American countries, especially Peru and Ecuador, shamans and other individuals offer ‘spiritual cleansing’ rituals which involve serving Ayahuasca tea. This tea contains dimethyltryptamine (DMT), which is a hallucinogen. While not illegal, Ayahuasca tourism is not regulated and does present certain risks.   There have been reports of psychological damage, assault, theft and rape of people under the influence of the ha...read more

Zika Virus

Reviewed: 30 August 2016, 09:39 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

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