Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

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Do not travel overseas at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, associated health risks and widespread travel restrictions....Read more

Do not travel overseas at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, associated health risks and widespread travel restrictions....Read more

Exercise increased caution in Australia. Quarantine-free travel is now available between Australia and New Zealand. Detailed information can be found on the Unite Against COVID-19 website....Read more

Exercise increased caution in Australia. Quarantine-free travel is now available between Australia and New Zealand. Detailed information can be found on the Unite Against COVID-19 website....Read more

Chile: Civil Unrest

Reviewed: 20 January 2021, 13:01 NZDT

Following civil unrest and violence across Chile in October and November 2019 and a resurgence of small-scale protests in October 2020 around the first anniversary of the 'social unrest' and a constitutional referendum vote, there is the potential for further demonstrations, protests and violent clashes in Santiago and other major cities across Chile. These may continue throughout 2021 as Chile navigates its two-year consitutional reform process,...read more

United Kingdom: Travel Disruptions

Posted: 23 December 2020, 15:11 NZDT

In response to announcements around a new strain of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom, a large number of countries and airlines have put in place temporary travel restrictions for travelers from the UK.  New Zealanders concerned about implications for any intended travel should contact their travel provider to discuss their options. We recognise that not everyone who wants to return home will be able to do so, and that this may be distressing ...read more

Pacific Cyclone Season: 1 November to 30 April

Reviewed: 1 December 2020, 15:15 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

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

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