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Germany: Oktoberfest 2022

Posted: 8 September 2022, 12:37 NZST

After a two-year pandemic pause, Munich’s annual Oktoberfest beer festival is scheduled to take place this year between 17 September and 3 October 2022 in Bavaria, Germany. New Zealanders planning on attending this year’s festival should read this information in conjunction with our current travel advisory for Germany Before you go     All New Zealanders planning to attend Oktoberfest are encouraged to: Register your more

Ukraine: Security Situation

Reviewed: 30 August 2022, 12:32 NZST

UkraineIn response to heightened tensions between Russia and Ukraine, we updated our travel advisory for Ukraine on 12 February, advising New Zealanders to leave immediately. Heavy fighting is ongoing in several areas of Ukraine, including in and around Kyiv and other major cities. There are reports of gun fire, artillery bombardments, explosions and missile strikes. Civilians are being impacted. We advise New Zealanders in Ukraine to seek more

Monkeypox outbreak

Reviewed: 30 August 2022, 12:27 NZST

About Monkeypox Monkeypox (MPX) is a viral infection that is mainly spread through skin-to-skin contact with someone who has MPX. While it is not very contagious, there has recently been an increase in cases globally. MPX is zoonotic, which means it can pass between animals and humans.  Current situation MPX is endemic in parts of Central and West Africa. In May 2022 a global outbreak was confirmed and cases have since been reported in more

Europe: Wildfires

Updated: 22 July 2022, 08:43 NZST

Major wildfires are currently impacting parts of Europe, particularly Portugal, Spain, France, Italy and Greece. Fires can move rapidly and be unpredictable. New Zealanders are advised to follow any instructions issued by the local authorities, such as Fire and Rescue services (including evacuation orders), and to monitor the media to keep up to date with local developments. New Zealanders in the affected places should also let their family more

Foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in Indonesia

Updated: 20 July 2022, 12:33 NZST

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) recently announced that Biosecurity New Zealand is stepping up its work at the border with a campaign to ensure travellers do their part to protect farmers from foot-and-mouth disease. Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is a highly contagious animal virus that affects cattle, sheep, goats, deer, and pigs (animals with cloven hooves). It is present in a number of countries in the world, especially in Africa more

Top travel tips as Kiwis reconnect with the world

Updated: 5 March 2022, 00:25 NZDT

Kiwis will be excited to be able to travel again after the New Zealand Government announced the next steps to reconnect New Zealanders to the world. This includes removal of the need for vaccinated New Zealanders to self-isolate on return from any country, and dropping the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s global “do not travel” advisory which has been in place since March 2020. But before they go, travellers will need more

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