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The Pacific: Dengue Fever outbreak

Updated: 17 January 2017, 12:37 NZDT

An outbreak of Dengue fever is currently ongoing in the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia 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 disease which can lead to shock or...read more

India: Currency shortage

Updated: 21 December 2016, 10:57 NZDT

Following the removal from circulation of old 500 and 1,000 rupee notes in November 2016, there remains a shortage of currency in India. Old 500 and 1,000 rupee notes are no longer accepted or changed anywhere; small denominations are in short supply and businesses may not be able to provide change in lower denomination notes. ATMs are operational but will only issue 2,500 rupees (approximately $50 NZD) per transaction and money changers hav...read more

South Africa: Withdrawal of Visa Exemption

Updated: 15 December 2016, 12:35 NZDT

New Zealanders travelling to South Africa should be aware that from 16 January 2017, all New Zealand passport holders will be required to obtain an entry visa prior to travelling to South Africa. New Zealanders arriving in South Africa on or after 16 January 2017 should ensure they have the correct visa. New Zealanders requiring further information regarding the new visa requirements and the application process should contact the South Afri...read more

Zika Virus

Reviewed: 29 November 2016, 10:24 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

Travelling to New Zealand – Need a Visa?

Reviewed: 25 November 2016, 11:24 NZDT

SafeTravel provides information and advice to New Zealand nationals living or travelling overseas.If you are a foreign national intending to travel or live in New Zealand you can find useful information about New Zealand on the New Zealand Travel website. Immigration New Zealand is the New Zealand government agency which issues visas to foreign nationals travelling to New Zealand. For information regarding visas for New&...read more

Pacific Cyclone Season: Travel safely with SafeTravel

Reviewed: 2 November 2016, 10:38 NZDT

Kiwis heading for the Pacific this summer need to be prepared for the chance of a tropical cyclone disrupting their break.The Pacific cyclone season runs from 1 November to 30 April and as many as 10 cyclones could occur in the region over this period.Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokeswoman Lyndal Walker says it is important Kiwis travelling in the Pacific register their details with SafeTravel.“If we have your details, we can alert y...read more

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