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Brazil: Yellow Fever outbreak

Updated: 10 April 2017, 15:53 NZST

Yellow fever is an acute viral disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes.  Infection with the yellow fever virus causes varying degrees of disease, from mild symptoms to severe illness with bleeding and jaundice. About 15% of people infected with yellow fever progress to a severe form of the illness, and half of those will die, as there is no cure for yellow fever. Beginning in late 2016 Brazil has experienced its most significant outbreak...read more

United States of America: Changes to entry requirements

Updated: 23 March 2017, 11:21 NZDT

NOTE: The Executive Order detailed has not come into force. Derrick K. Watson, a federal judge in Hawaii, has issued a nationwide temporary restraining order against enforcement of the revised travel ban executive order. Our advice remains that any New Zealand’s who require advice on entry into the United States should contact the United States Embassy or Consulate General in New Zealand before travelling.An Executive Order signe...read more

Aviation security enhancements for flights to the United States and United Kingdom

Updated: 22 March 2017, 16:08 NZDT

From no later than 25 March 2017, passengers on direct flights inbound to the United States and the United Kingdom from certain airports in the Middle East and North Africa will not be allowed to carry electronic devices larger than a cell phone or smart phone in carry-on luggage or other accessible property. Electronic devices that exceed the size limits will need to be secured in checked luggage.For flights to the United Kingdom, the UK governm...read more

Zika Virus

Reviewed: 17 March 2017, 11:24 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

The Pacific: Dengue Fever outbreak

Updated: 2 March 2017, 12:37 NZDT

An outbreak of Dengue fever is currently ongoing in Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Fiji, American Samoa, Nauru 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 dise...read more

South Africa: Withdrawal of Visa Exemption

Updated: 13 February 2017, 14:35 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.The South African High Commission in Wellington has provided information on the visa application process. New Zealanders requiring further ...read more

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