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Brazil: Carnival 2017

Updated: 16 February 2017, 09:18 NZDT

Brazil’s annual Carnival festivals are soon taking place, with the Rio Carnival scheduled for 24 - 28 February. These events are usually associated with an influx of foreign visitors to Brazil. New Zealanders planning on attending this year’s festivals or travelling in Brazil during the Carnival period should read this information in conjunction with our travel advisory for Brazil and recent advisory regarding the yellow fever outbreak i...read more

Brazil: Yellow Fever outbreak

Updated: 16 February 2017, 09:02 NZDT

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

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

United States of America: Changes to entry requirements

Updated: 1 February 2017, 12:15 NZDT

An Executive Order on 27 January 2017 has temporarily suspended entry into the United States of foreign nationals from seven countries: Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen. Beginning 27 January 2017 travellers who have nationality or dual nationality of one of these countries will not be permitted for 90 days to enter the United States or be issued an immigrant or non-immigrant vis...read more

The Pacific: Dengue Fever outbreak

Updated: 17 January 2017, 12:37 NZDT

An outbreak of Dengue fever is currently ongoing in the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia 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 disease which can lead to shock or...read more

India: Currency shortage

Updated: 21 December 2016, 10:57 NZDT

Following the removal from circulation of old 500 and 1,000 rupee notes in November 2016, there remains a shortage of currency in India. Old 500 and 1,000 rupee notes are no longer accepted or changed anywhere; small denominations are in short supply and businesses may not be able to provide change in lower denomination notes. ATMs are operational but will only issue 2,500 rupees (approximately $50 NZD) per transaction and money changers hav...read more

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