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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: Demonstrations

Reviewed: 30 November 2020, 13:26 NZDT

There have beeen recent protests in Thailand. It is anticipated that protest rallies in Bangkok and other provinces around Thailand will continue over the coming weeks.  These rallies may be announced at short-notice with exact locations often not confirmed until shortly before the protests start.  Parts of Bangkok’s public transport and road networks have been disrupted or closed during the protests. Given a heightened risk of dis...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

Hong Kong: Demonstrations and National Security Legislation

Reviewed: 13 August 2020, 17:12 NZST

Large-scale protests and demonstrations have taken place in Hong Kong since July 2019. Acts of violence have occurred between police and demonstrators across Hong Kong, including at the International Airport. As crowd control measures, police have used tear gas, rubber bullets, and pepper spray. Injuries have occurred. Demonstrations may be ongoing. Locations of gatherings may be unpredictable and change at short notice. National security legisl...read more

Middle East: Regional Tensions

Reviewed: 17 March 2020, 13:56 NZDT

On 3 January 2020, an Iranian military commander and Iraqi paramilitary leaders were killed in a U.S. airstrike near Baghdad International Airport.On 8 January, Iran fired missiles against two military bases in Iraq containing U.S personnel.   On 8 January, a Ukrainian International Airlines flight was shot down shortly after take-off from Tehran. Iranian authorities have acknowledged responsibility.   On 11 March, the coalitio...read more

Australia: Bushfires

Reviewed: 26 February 2020, 15:30 NZDT

Bushfires are a common threat in Australia during the summer period. If you are in or near an affected area, stay safe and follow the advice of local authorities. In the event of emergency, always call Triple Zero (000). Details of affected areas, health services, preparedness information, and evacuation centres can be found at the following sites: Australian Capital Territory:ACT Emergency Services Agency New South Wales:New South Wales Rural ...read more

Brexit: New Zealanders in the United Kingdom

Reviewed: 5 February 2020, 15:15 NZDT

New Zealand citizens who continue to live in the UK now that it has left the EU can: use the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website tool to seek guidance on visa status and rights to stay.  find more information in the UK's Department for Exiting the European Union: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-exiting-the-european-union. If you are a New Zealander who holds a European passport, or who has a E...read more

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