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Measles

Reviewed: 9 December 2019, 15:34 NZDT

Measles is a highly infectious virus that spreads easily from person to person through the air, via breathing, coughing and sneezing. It affects both children and adults. The New Zealand Ministry of Health is advising people travelling overseas to make sure they are fully immunised against measles before they go. Given the current outbreaks of measles in Samoa, Tonga, Fiji and Philippines the Ministry of Health is asking primary care providers ...read more

Hong Kong: Ongoing Protests

Reviewed: 9 December 2019, 12:44 NZDT

Protest activity is ongoing in Hong Kong and there continues to be a risk of violent confrontation. 'Flash mob' demonstrations take place with little or no warning, and have resulted in violence and vandalism. Expect road closures, transport disruptions and heightened police action, including the use of tear gas.Protest locations on Hong Kong Island continue to include the main commercial districts, including Causeway Bay, Central,...read more

Australia: Bushfires

Updated: 9 December 2019, 12:37 NZDT

Major bushfires have been severely affecting parts of both New South Wales and Queensland. A State of Emergency was declared by the New South Wales Premier and a State of Fire Emergency was also declared across 42 Local Government Areas in Queensland. Both have since been lifted. Many residents in the affected areas in both states were issued a ‘leave immediately’ or ‘prepare to leave’ order. Severe bushfires have the potential to continu...read more

Bolivia: Civil Unrest

Reviewed: 6 December 2019, 09:43 NZDT

We have reviewed our advice and now advise New Zealanders to exercise increased caution while in Bolivia. Read our full advice on SafeTravel. The current political situation in Bolivia remains highly unpredictable following the abrupt resignation of the president at the urging of the military, in response to widespread protests in the wake of presidential elections on 20 October 2019. An interim government is in place ahead of new elections. Pro...read more

Chile: Ongoing Civil Unrest

Reviewed: 2 December 2019, 12:38 NZDT

After weeks of civil unrest, demonstrations are continuing in Santiago, Valparaíso city and other cities across Chile. Our level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise New Zealanders to exercise increased caution in Chile due to civil unrest. Read what our advisory levels mean and the full advice on SafeTravel.   At present, the Chilean Government recommends tourists avoid Plaza Baquedano/Plaza Italia in Santiago. The Chilean Go...read more

Travelling in the Festive Season

Reviewed: 2 December 2019, 11:15 NZDT

The holiday period in December and January is peak season for international travel, and we wish all New Zealanders safe travels over the summer holidays. We have some advice for Kiwi travellers to consider before departure: Register with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on the SafeTravel website so that you receive important updates. Read the travel advisory for your destination so that you are aware of any potential risks. Org...read more

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