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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

Health information

Reviewed: 2 October 2017, 10:20 NZDT

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade liaises with the Ministry of Health to provide information on health issues for New Zealand travellers, including information on disease outbreaks and health precautions for travellers. For more information on travel health issues, please see our Health and Travel page. ...read more

Heading overseas on a break?

Updated: 4 May 2017, 17:00 NZST

Recent terrorist attacks in Europe, in popular places frequented by Kiwi travellers, have put the spotlight on important measures everyone should take to help ensure their safety while overseas. Here are our top tips for a safe and memorable holiday: Register on SafeTravel - this allows us to update you on security at your destination, as well as contact you in the event of an emergency to confirm you are OK. Registered travellers are usu...read more

Aviation security enhancements for flights to the United States and United Kingdom

Updated: 22 March 2017, 16:08 NZDT

From no later than 25 March 2017, passengers on direct flights inbound to the United States and the United Kingdom from certain airports in the Middle East and North Africa will not be allowed to carry electronic devices larger than a cell phone or smart phone in carry-on luggage or other accessible property. Electronic devices that exceed the size limits will need to be secured in checked luggage.For flights to the United Kingdom, the UK governm...read more

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