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ALERT - COVID-19: Do not travel overseas at this time. Due to the difficulty travellers are experiencing returning home, some New Zealanders overseas may need to stay safely where they are....Read more

ALERT - COVID-19: Do not travel overseas at this time. Due to the difficulty travellers are experiencing returning home, some New Zealanders overseas may need to stay safely where they are....Read more

Thailand Declares Severe Emergency Situation in Bangkok

Reviewed: 19 October 2020, 11:22 NZDT

Following recent student protests, Thailand Government's Declaration of Severe Emergency Situation in Bangkok remains in force until further notice. The Emergency Declaration provides increased powers for arrests and seizure of property. Restrictions include:     a ban on gatherings of 5 or more people at any place or any act which may cause unrest;  prohibition on press releases, distribution or dissemination of lett...read more

COVID-19: Advice for New Zealanders Overseas

Reviewed: 16 October 2020, 15:43 NZDT

New Zealand is currently at Alert Level 1. For more information on what this means, visit the New Zealand Government’s dedicated COVID-19 website. Advice for New Zealanders currently overseas We currently advise that you do not travel overseas at this time. Transport and transit options to return to New Zealand have been severely disrupted during the pandemic. Even booked flights may be cancelled.If you are a New Zeal...read more

Pacific Cyclone Season: 1 November to 30 April

Reviewed: 15 October 2020, 12:52 NZDT

The Pacific cyclone season runs from 1 November until 30 April. New Zealanders travelling to the Pacific are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Travellers who register can be warned if a major cyclone approaches and given advice on precautions to take. We can also make contact with you following a significant cyclone to check on your well-being. If you are in an area affected by a...read more

United States of America: Wildfires

Reviewed: 5 October 2020, 10:47 NZDT

Major wildfires have been affecting Northern and Southern California, Oregon and Washington state. Details of affected areas, health services, preparedness information, and emergency shelters can be found on the State of California emergency response portal, Oregon Governor's wildfire resource page and the Washington Governor's wildfire resource page. Local power companies may cut power across various locations in the state in...read more

Protests and Demonstrations around the United States

Reviewed: 9 September 2020, 16:10 NZST

Since late May 2020, there have been ongoing widespread protests and demonstrations occurring around the United States. Some protests have resulted in violence and/or looting. Even protests which are intended to be peaceful can become violent. A strong police and/or National Guard presence can be expected at any further protests. Police measures have, at times, included the use of rubber bullets and/or pepper spray to disperse crowds. New Zealan...read more

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Reviewed: 13 August 2020, 17:20 NZST

The world is responding to an active outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus). We currently 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, some New Zealanders overseas may need to stay safely where they are. For more information on COVID-19, please refer to the New Zealand governme...read more

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