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Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo: Ebola Virus

Reviewed: 17 July 2019, 10:00 NZST

On 17 July 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) determined that the ongoing Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The Ugandan government has also confirmed an outbreak of Ebola in Kasese District in western Uganda, originating in the neighbouring DRC. To date, there have been over 2500 confirmed or probable cases of Ebola in the DRC, resulting in over 1600 deaths sin...read more

South Africa: Visas

Updated: 15 July 2019, 09:55 NZST

South Africa‚Äôs Department of Home Affairs has announced that New Zealand visitors no longer require visas to travel to South Africa. The visa exemption for New Zealand passport holders came into effect on 15 August 2019. The exemption allows New Zealand passport holders to enter South Africa for a period of up to 90 days, without a visa, for holiday or business visits. The exemption also applies to New Zealan...read 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 miles...read more

Measles

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 pre...read 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,...read more

New Zealanders in the United Kingdom

Reviewed: 1 March 2019, 14:45 NZDT

The United Kingdom (UK) is preparing to exit the European Union (EU). We provide the following information for New Zealanders living in or travelling to the UK. New Zealand citizens who plan to continue living in the UK after it leaves the EU can use the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website tool to seek guidance on visa status and rights to stay.  Further information can be found through the UK's Department for Exiting the European...read more

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