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Zika Virus

Updated: 9 February 2016, 16:52 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 more

United Kingdom: Immigration Healthcare Surcharge

Posted: 5 February 2016, 16:27 NZDT

The United Kingdom has recently introduced a healthcare surcharge to their immigration application. New Zealanders staying in the UK on a visa for more than six months will be required to pay an immigration health surcharge as part of their visa application from 6 April 2016. Please visit the UK Visas and Immigration page or contact them for further information.    New Zealanders do not have to pay the healthcare surcharge if more

United States: change to entry requirements

Posted: 22 January 2016, 16:14 NZDT

On 21 January 2016, changes to the US Visa Waiver Programme came into effect and have the potential to affect New Zealanders travelling to the US.   These changes mean that New Zealanders who are also nationals of Iraq, Sudan, Syria and Iran or New Zealanders who have travelled to these four countries on or after 1 March 2011 will no longer be eligible to apply for an ESTA to enter the United States under the Visa Waiver Programme. & more

Health information

Reviewed: 22 January 2016, 09:45 NZDT

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade liaises with the Ministry of Health to provide information on health issues for New Zealand travellers, including information on disease outbreaks and health precautions for travellers.  For more information on travel health issues, please see our Health and Travel page. more

Brazil: Carnival 2016

Posted: 12 January 2016, 16:31 NZDT

The annual Brazilian Carnival festival is scheduled to take place this year between 5 and 10 February. This event is usually associated with an influx of foreign visitors to Brazil. New Zealanders planning on attending this year’s festival or travelling in Brazil during the Carnival period should read this information in conjunction with the travel advisory for Brazil.    Before you go All New Zealanders are encouraged to:& more

Peru/Ecuador: Ayahuasca tea

Posted: 8 December 2015, 11:20 NZDT

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 more

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