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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

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 Tow...read more

Dengue Fever outbreak

Reviewed: 28 May 2018, 14:01 NZST

People travelling to the Pacific should take extra steps to avoid mosquito bites following an outbreak of dengue fever. Outbreaks of mosquito-borne illnesses are common in the tropical and sub-tropical climates in most Pacific Islands, in North Queensland (Australia), Asia (including India), Africa and Central/South America. Dengue fever is spread by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito and cannot be spread directly from person to person. ...read more

Fiji - Meningococcal outbreak

Reviewed: 21 May 2018, 15:15 NZST

The Fijian Ministry of Health and Medical Services has issued a public notice advising of an outbreak of meningococcal disease in Fiji. Though the risk for travellers to Fiji is low, people staying in local communities or for longer periods of time should be vigilant and aware of the symptoms of meningitis following an outbreak of meningococcal disease.Meningococcal disease is a bacterial infection that causes two very serious illnesses: meningit...read more

Brazil: Yellow Fever outbreak

Reviewed: 5 March 2018, 14:11 NZDT

Yellow fever is an acute viral disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes. Infection with the yellow fever virus causes varying degrees of disease, from mild symptoms to severe illness with bleeding and jaundice. About 15% of people infected with yellow fever progress to a severe form of the illness, and half of those will die, as there is no cure for yellow fever. Beginning in late 2016, and continuing through 2017 the Brazilian Ministry of Hea...read more

Travelling with an Electronic Cigarette

Reviewed: 1 February 2018, 11:15 NZDT

Don’t want your holiday to go up in smoke? Travelling with an electronic cigarette may land you in prison or with a fine. Some countries consider electronic cigarettes and the liquid used in them as prohibited products, which may have some serious consequences for you when you get to the border or are stopped by the authorities in-country. Countries with the ban could impose a hefty fine and/or a prison sentence if it is deemed you attempted to...read more

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