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ALERT - COVID-19 - Do not travel overseas at this time. Due to the difficulty travellers are experiencing returning home, New Zealanders overseas need to take steps to stay safely where they are and shelter in place....Read more

ALERT - COVID-19 - Do not travel overseas at this time. Due to the difficulty travellers are experiencing returning home, New Zealanders overseas need to take steps to stay safely where they are and shelter in place....Read more

Advice for New Zealanders Overseas

Reviewed: 26 May 2020, 10:49 NZST

New Zealand moved to Alert Level 2 at 11:59pm on Wednesday 13 May. For more information on what this means, visit the New Zealand Government’s dedicated COVID-19 website. Advice for New Zealanders currently overseas Do not travel overseas at this time. Transport and transit options to return to New Zealand have reduced significantly. Even booked flights may be cancelled.If you are a New Zealander overseas you must register your...read more

Assisted Departure (Repatriation) Flights

Reviewed: 27 April 2020, 14:00 NZST

The Government is committed to helping New Zealanders overseas where we can. But the international situation is complex and changing quickly, and some things are out of our control.If you are a New Zealander overseas you must register your details on SafeTravel to receive important country or territory specific information. It is important that you keep your SafeTravel registration details up to date so that you continue to receive upda...read more

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Reviewed: 16 April 2020, 17:20 NZST

The world is responding to an active outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus). We now advise that all New Zealanders do not travel overseas at this time due to the outbreak of COVID-19, associated health risks and travel restrictions. Due to the difficulty travellers are experiencing returning home, New Zealanders overseas need to take steps to stay safely where they are and shelter in place. For more information on COVID-19 , please see our COVI...read more

Middle East: Regional Tensions

Reviewed: 17 March 2020, 13:56 NZDT

On 3 January 2020, an Iranian military commander and Iraqi paramilitary leaders were killed in a U.S. airstrike near Baghdad International Airport.On 8 January, Iran fired missiles against two military bases in Iraq containing U.S personnel.   On 8 January, a Ukrainian International Airlines flight was shot down shortly after take-off from Tehran. Iranian authorities have acknowledged responsibility.   On 11 March, the coalitio...read more

Chile: Civil Unrest

Reviewed: 3 March 2020, 12:53 NZDT

Following civil unrest and violence across Chile in October and November 2019, there is the potential for further demonstrations, protests and violent clashes in Santiago and other major cities, including Valparaíso, Viña del Mar, Punta Arenas, Puerto Montt, Concepción and Antofagasta, in March and April 2020. We continue to advise New Zealanders to exercise increased caution in Chile. Read what our advisory levels mean and the full advice on...read more

Australia: Bushfires

Reviewed: 26 February 2020, 15:30 NZDT

Bushfires are a common threat in Australia during the summer period. If you are in or near an affected area, stay safe and follow the advice of local authorities. In the event of emergency, always call Triple Zero (000). Details of affected areas, health services, preparedness information, and evacuation centres can be found at the following sites: Australian Capital Territory:ACT Emergency Services Agency New South Wales:New South Wales Rural ...read more

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