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Travel Insurance

Reviewed: 6 November 2018, 08:25 NZDT

If you’re heading overseas, don’t forget to take out comprehensive travel insurance. Your policy should cover any activities you plan to undertake (from scuba diving to scooter riding), personal liability, medical treatment, emergency medical evacuation, and any pre-existing medical conditions. Even minor medical treatment can be very expensive overseas. If you suffer an injury overseas and return to New Zealand, ACC may be able to help...read more

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Ebola virus

Updated: 24 October 2018, 11:43 NZDT

On 1 August 2018, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Government confirmed an outbreak of the Ebola virus in North Kivu province, originating in Béni territory. On 24 September a case was also confirmed in Tchomia, a town on the Ugandan border approximately 200 kilometres north of the current hotspot of Beni. It has spread to Bunia, the second largest city in the DRC.  As of 24 March 2019, cases of Ebola in the DRC exceeded 1000. Curren...read more

South America: Ayahuasca tea

Reviewed: 6 September 2018, 09:00 NZST

In some South American countries, especially Peru, Ecuador and Colombia, shamans and other individuals offer ‘spiritual cleansing’ rituals which involve serving Ayahuasca tea. This tea contains dimethyltryptamine (DMT), which is a hallucinogen. While not illegal, Ayahuasca tourism is not regulated and does present certain risks.   There have been reports of psychological damage, assault, theft and rape of people under the infl...read more

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 ...read 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 emba...read 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 ca...read more

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