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Spain: Incident in Las Ramblas, Barcelona

Updated: 18 August 2017, 10:23 NZST

On 17 August 2017, a van drove into a crowd of people in Las Ramblas, Barcelona, Spain resulting in a number of fatalities and injuries.   Local authorities have advised people in the area to stay indoors and that metro and train stations are currently closed. We advise New Zealanders currently in Barcelona to avoid the immediate vicinity and follow the advice provided by the local authorities. Make sure you let your family and friends in ...read more

Hajj Pilgrimage

Updated: 14 August 2017, 14:25 NZST

Over 2 million Muslim pilgrims are expected to visit Mecca to perform the Hajj from 30 August to 4 September 2017.  As there is an ongoing threat of terrorism in Saudi Arabia, New Zealanders considering making the pilgrimage are advised to read our travel advisory for Saudi Arabia. If you decide to travel, register your details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and ensure you have comprehensive insurance coverage before y...read more

Travelling to Cuba from the United States

Updated: 2 August 2017, 15:12 NZST

Travel is permitted to Cuba from the US; however travelling for tourism purposes directly from the US to Cuba isn’t allowed under US law. This applies to US nationals and all foreign nationals who are either resident in the US, or travelling through the US en route to Cuba on any airline. Everybody travelling to Cuba from the US (both US citizens and foreign nationals) will need to comply with US law and travel for one of the 12 authorised cat...read more

Venezuela: National Constituent Assembly Elections

Posted: 28 July 2017, 16:29 NZST

On 30 July 2017, government-sanctioned elections for a National Constituent Assembly took place in Venezuela. Large scale political rallies and demonstrations are occurring daily, often resulting in civil unrest and violent clashes with deployed security forces. Tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets have been used against protestors, and clashes between protestors and armed government supporters have resulted in serious injuries and over 100...read more

2017 New Zealand General Election

Updated: 25 July 2017, 15:45 NZST

The New Zealand General Election will be held on Saturday 23 September 2017. Voters who are overseas during the General Election can vote from Wednesday 6 September to Saturday 23 September. Who can vote from overseas  You are eligible to enrol and vote from overseas if you: are 18 years of age or older have lived in New Zealand for more than one year continuously at some time in your life, and are a New Zealand citizen who has been i...read more

United States of America: Changes to entry requirements

Updated: 4 July 2017, 16:21 NZST

An Executive Order signed by President Trump on 6 March 2017 has been partially reintroduced following a Supreme Court ruling on 26 June 2017. The Executive Order temporarily suspends entry into the United States of certain foreign nationals from six countries: Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen. The Executive Order does not restrict the travel of New Zealand dual nationals, so long as they travel on their New Zealand passpo...read more

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