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Sri Lanka - Explosions in and near Colombo

Updated: 21 April 2019, 20:00 NZST

On 21 April 2019, six explosions were reported in and around Colombo, causing a number of deaths and casualties. Three exploded at hotels around the city, the Cinnamon Grand, Kingsbury and Shangri-La, and three at Catholic churches during Easter services. New Zealanders throughout Sri Lanka are advised to exercise a high degree of personal security awareness at all times, be alert during religious or national festivals, avoid large public gathe...read more

Anzac Day 2019: Gallipoli Commemorations

Reviewed: 8 April 2019, 16:55 NZST

Anzac Day 2019 commemorations in Gallipoli, TurkeyOn Anzac Day 2019, we will commemorate the Anzac landings in Gallipoli. This bulletin should be read in conjunction with our Turkey travel advisory.Safety and securityThe Anzac Day Service on the Gallipoli peninsula is a five hour drive from Istanbul. For this region of Turkey, we advise you to exercise increased caution. There are a number of areas in south-east Turkey that we advise New Zealand...read more

Advice for New Zealanders overseas

Posted: 18 March 2019, 14:10 NZDT

The terrorist attacks in Christchurch on 15 March, which were motivated by extreme right-wing ideology, have attracted global attention and strong international condemnation.  International reactions to those events are difficult to predict and may change at short notice.   New Zealanders travelling overseas should continue to use common sense, exercise caution and be vigilant. They should look out for and report suspicious behaviour,...read more

Istanbul, Turkey: Airport Opening

Reviewed: 12 March 2019, 15:45 NZDT

Between 5-7 April 2019, all domestic and international passenger flights to and from Istanbul Ataturk Airport were transferred to the new Istanbul Airport. Both airports were scheduled to cease operations temporarily during this transition period, possibly resulting in flight delays and cancellations. If you are set to travel from Istanbul Airport around this time, we recommend arriving well in advance of your flight’s scheduled depa...read more

Are you a New Zealander living in the UK or travelling to the UK?

Reviewed: 1 March 2019, 14:45 NZDT

The United Kingdom (UK) is preparing to exit the European Union (EU). We provide the following information for New Zealanders living in or travelling to the UK. New Zealand citizens who plan to continue living in the UK after it leaves the EU can use the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website tool to seek guidance on visa status and rights to stay.  Further information can be found through the UK's Department for Exiting the European...read more

Dengue Fever outbreak

Reviewed: 27 February 2019, 13:25 NZDT

People travelling to the Pacific should take extra steps to avoid mosquito bites following an outbreak of dengue fever. Outbreaks of mosquito-borne illnesses are common in the tropical and sub-tropical climates in most Pacific Islands, in North Queensland (Australia), Asia (including India), Africa and Central/South America. Dengue fever is spread by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito and cannot be spread directly from person to person. ...read more

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