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New Language for Travel Advisories

Reviewed: 20 August 2018, 16:00 NZST

We have changed the language we use within our travel advisory levels categories, to make them more useful for New Zealanders travelling overseas. The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade now uses a four level system to give advice in each of our travel advisories: -   Exercise normal safety and security precautions (previously “no significant security risk”) -   Exercise increased caution (previously more

Nicaragua: Civil Unrest

Reviewed: 2 August 2018, 11:55 NZST

There has been a prolonged period of political unrest and street violence in many areas in Nicaragua since mid-April 2018. This has involved the use of tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition, causing many serious casualties and fatalities. There is potential for further violence and disorder – marches and demonstrations continue, particularly in and around Managua and Masaya. Major transport routes are frequently blocked, including land more

Indonesia: Bali: Mount Agung Volcano

Reviewed: 19 July 2018, 13:45 NZST

There was a marked increase in seismic activity from Mt Agung Volcano in Bali, Indonesia during 2018. Eruptions occured in late June and early July, and the potential for further activity remains. Ash clouds have previously disrupted air travel in and out of Bali, further ash clouds could cause airport closures and the cancellation of flights at short notice. For more information please see Bali International Airport’ more

Europe: Internal border controls

Reviewed: 18 July 2018, 16:13 NZST

As the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade does not issue visas it cannot provide definitive advice on the requirements to enter or exit countries within the Schengen area.  Border officials may adopt different interpretations of the rules or take into account other factors which might affect eligibility for entry.  For this reason we recommend that travellers consult in advance with their travel agent or the relevant EU/Schengen more

United States of America: Entry requirements

Reviewed: 18 July 2018, 11:20 NZST

Due to recent law changes, the United States of America has implemented entry requirements when arriving into their territory, or travelling to Cuba from the US. These could impact your travel in the region. Additional security questions at check-in Passengers on direct flights to the United States may be subjected to additional security-based questions at their airline check-in counter and may require additional security screening. This may more

South Africa: Western Cape Water Shortage

Reviewed: 18 July 2018, 10:45 NZST

The Western Cape, including Cape Town, continues to experience drought-like conditions. The city of Cape Town has implemented water restrictions: from 1 October 2018,  water use will be limited to 70 litres per person per day to reduce demand and conserve water. We encourage all New Zealanders to continue to be mindful of water consumption and comply with local restrictions. For more information, see the City of Cape more

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