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Thailand: Death of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Reviewed: 18 October 2016, 12:20 NZDT

  On 13th October 2016 the Government of Thailand announced the passing of His Majesty The King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej. This is a time of great sadness throughout Thailand with citizens across the nation experiencing a deep sense of loss. Our thoughts and sympathies are with the people of Thailand at this time. To convey our sincere sympathy it is important that we fully respect and comply with the etiquette and protocols more

Cook Islands: New Helmet Laws

Updated: 17 October 2016, 09:47 NZDT

New Zealanders travelling to the Cook Islands should be aware of new helmet laws which have come into effect for international visitors.Under the new laws anyone on a visitors or an overseas driver’s licence on a bicycle, motorbike or scooter is required by law to wear an approved safety helmet at all times; regardless of speed travelled. This also applies to visitors who are passengers on a scooter, bicycles or motorcycle. Safety Helmets more

Riding Motorbikes and Scooters Overseas

Reviewed: 11 October 2016, 14:52 NZDT

Motorbikes and scooters are a great way to get around when you’re overseas, however accidents do happen and New Zealanders should ensure they have adequate travel insurance for all eventualities.  If you intend hiring cars, motorbikes, jet skis or any other motorised vehicle while overseas, you should comply with local licensing laws. Talk to your travel insurer to check your insurance policy covers such activity and seek advice on more

Zika Virus

Reviewed: 6 October 2016, 16:08 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. 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 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, more

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