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Japan: Rugby World Cup 2019

Posted: 20 August 2019, 17:41 NZST

New Zealanders planning on attending this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan, beginning on 20 September 2019, should read this information in conjunction with the travel advisory for Japan.  Before you goAll New Zealanders planning on attending the Rugby World Cup are encouraged to: Ensure they have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that provides cover for any pre-existing conditions and any activities they wish to undertak...read more

Outbreaks of Polio

Reviewed: 16 August 2019, 14:05 NZST

In July 2019, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced a situational update on circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 outbreaks in the WHO African and Eastern Mediterranean regions. In June 2018 an outbreak of vaccine-derived poliovirus was declared by the Papua New Guinea Government in Morobe province. In July 2018, preparations for implementation of large scale immunization activities and intensified surveillance measures began. T...read more

Hong Kong: Ongoing Protests

Reviewed: 16 August 2019, 10:35 NZST

Large-scale protests and demonstrations have been taking place on Hong Kong Island, in Kowloon and various suburbs in the New Territories. Acts of violence have occurred, including clashes between police and demonstrators. Protests have become more unpredictable and are expected to continue. Tourist areas have been affected. Separately, attacks by reportedly criminally-linked individuals have affected commuters in the New Territories. New Zealan...read more

Saudi Arabia: Hajj Pilgrimage 2019

Reviewed: 30 July 2019, 13:40 NZST

This year's Hajj pilgrimage in Makkah (Mecca) is expected to take place between 8 and 14 August 2019. If you’re a New Zealander travelling for the Hajj, you will need: a vaccination certificate (for more information, see the Saudi Ministry of Health Hajj page); a valid Hajj visa (all foreign pilgrims, including New Zealanders, must have Hajj visas); a valid permit to perform Hajj (the Saudi government enforces strict penalt...read more

Egypt: Suspension of Flights

Reviewed: 22 July 2019, 18:00 NZST

On 20 July British Airways announced that it was suspending its flights to Cairo for seven days as a security precaution. Lufthansa have announced similar measures for two flights. Other airlines may be affected. If you plan to travel to Egypt we advise you to contact your airline for further information. We take this opportunity to remind New Zealanders of our travel advice for Egypt. New Zealanders in or travelling to Egypt should exercise inc...read more

Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo: Ebola Virus

Reviewed: 17 July 2019, 10:00 NZST

On 17 July 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) determined that the ongoing Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The Ugandan government has also confirmed an outbreak of Ebola in Kasese District in western Uganda, originating in the neighbouring DRC. To date, there have been over 2500 confirmed or probable cases of Ebola in the DRC, resulting in over 1600 deaths sin...read more

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