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Ramadan

Posted: 23 May 2016, 13:30 NZST

Ramadan, the Islamic holy month, will be observed from approximately 6 June to 5 July 2016. The exact timing will depend on sightings of the moon which will vary from country to country.  For Muslims this is a time of prayer and fasting, in which Muslims refrain from eating, drinking or smoking, between dawn and sunset.   New Zealanders are advised to respect the religious and social traditions of the country they are in to avoid...read more

2016 Rio Olympic Games

Posted: 20 May 2016, 13:38 NZST

New Zealanders intending to travel to Brazil for the Rio 2016 Olympic (5-21 August) and Paralympic Games (7-18 September) are advised to plan ahead including making travel, accommodation and event bookings. Our travel advisory for Brazil provides information on safety and security risks.  We currently advise travellers to exercise caution due to violent crime. You should also read our advice on the Zika virus. If you intend travelling...read more

Brazil: Rental Scams

Posted: 18 May 2016, 15:32 NZST

New Zealanders travelling to and residing in Brazil should be aware of rental scams on the internet.  There have been reports of fake rental advertisements of properties in Brazil, including in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. These advertisements have appeared on commonly used accommodation rental sites and make fraudulent claims.If you are looking for a rental property in Brazil, particularly in the build up to the Olympics, make sure you do...read more

Singapore: Fingerprint scanning on arrival and departure

Updated: 13 May 2016, 12:26 NZST

New Zealanders travelling to Singapore aged 6 and over will now be required to scan their fingerprints at both arrival and departure. The new BioScreen system will be introduced progressively over the coming months at the passenger halls of the sea, land and air checkpoints....read more

Indonesia: Warning against poisoning from alcohol drinks, including arak, containing methanol

Reviewed: 9 May 2016, 15:12 NZST

Cases of severe illness (including permanent blindness) and death have been reported in Indonesia following consumption of alcohol drinks adulterated with toxic chemicals, particularly methanol. These cases of poisoning were reported to have been as a result of the consumption of local spirits such as Arak (a rice-based spirit), and spirit-based drinks/cocktails, adulterated with or contaminated by toxic chemicals such as methanol. Travellers to ...read more

International surrogacy

Reviewed: 9 May 2016, 15:04 NZST

International surrogacy can be fraught with difficulty. Recent international media coverage has highlighted significant concerns for those considering travelling overseas for commercial surrogacy arrangements. It is extremely important to ensure that any child born as a result of a surrogacy arrangement overseas is able to exit that country lawfully, and enter and reside permanently in New Zealand, if that is the intention.  All Ne...read more

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