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South Africa: Visas

Updated: 15 July 2019, 09:55 NZST

South Africa‚Äôs Department of Home Affairs has announced that New Zealand visitors will no longer require visas to travel to South Africa. The visa exemption for New Zealand passport holders will come into effect on 15 August 2019. The exemption will allow New Zealand passport holders to enter South Africa for a period of 90 days or fewer without a visa for holiday or business visits. The exemption will also apply to New& more

Drug Crime Overseas: Don't Risk It

Reviewed: 11 July 2019, 15:20 NZST

Every year New Zealanders put themselves at risk of arrest or detention for drug-related offences overseas. Remember that when you are overseas you are subject to that country's laws and penalties - no matter how harsh they may appear by New Zealand standards. In many countries, penalties for drug-related offences are severe. Possession, use or trafficking of even very small quantities of drugs can lead to lengthy imprisonment thousands of more

Ethiopia: Civil Unrest

Reviewed: 26 June 2019, 12:10 NZST

On 22 June 2019, Ethiopia experienced two incidents of political violence directed against government officials in Bahir Dar and Addis Ababa. There is a heightened presence of police and security forces throughout the country. The internet (including mobile internet) and SMS/text messaging services were shut down following the incidents. Some services have been since been restored, but may be shut down again with little notice. New more

Sudan: Civil Unrest

Reviewed: 12 June 2019, 13:15 NZST

Protests have intensified in Khartoum and across Sudan. On 3 June 2019, at least 100 protesters were reportedly killed and many more injured by Sudanese security services. The security situation could deteriorate quickly. New Zealanders in Sudan are advised to monitor local media for developments and avoid all demonstrations, protests and large public gatherings as they have the potential to turn violent. You should adhere to any curfews put in more


Reviewed: 3 April 2019, 14:35 NZDT

Measles is a highly infectious virus that spreads easily from person to person through the air, via breathing, coughing and sneezing. It affects both children and adults. The Ministry of Health is advising people travelling overseas to make sure they are fully immunised against measles before they go. New Zealand has had a number of outbreaks due to the disease being bought into the country through international travel. Being fully immunised more

Advice for New Zealanders Overseas

Posted: 18 March 2019, 14:10 NZDT

The terrorist attacks in Christchurch on 15 March, which were motivated by extreme right-wing ideology, have attracted global attention and strong international condemnation.  International reactions to those events are difficult to predict and may change at short notice.   New Zealanders travelling overseas should continue to use common sense, exercise caution and be vigilant. They should look out for and report suspicious behaviour, more

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