Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

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Need a visa for travelling overseas?

Reviewed: 17 December 2019, 11:35 NZDT

New Zealanders travelling overseas may require a visa in order to enter certain countries. Please check with your travel agent or with the Embassy or High Commission of the countries you intend to visit/transit to find out their visa requirements as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is unable to advise on the visa requirements of other countries.   You should research visa requirements well in advance of your departure.& more

Indonesia: Methanol Poisoning

Reviewed: 17 December 2019, 10:47 NZDT

Cases of severe illness (including permanent blindness) and death have been reported in Indonesia following consumption of alcohol drinks mixed with toxic chemicals, particularly methanol. These cases of poisoning were reported to have been as a result of the consumption of local spirits such as Arak (a rice-based spirit), and spirit-based drinks/cocktails, mixed with or contaminated by toxic chemicals such as methanol. Travellers to Bali, more

Adventure tourism and sports

Reviewed: 28 November 2019, 14:06 NZDT

Many Kiwi travellers participate in adventure tourism and sports while overseas, from paragliding and bungy jumping to jet skiing and camel riding. While these activities are bound to make your trip unforgettable, they have inherent risks. Making them memorable for the right reasons means considering safety precautions and travel insurance implications. Travellers should be aware that operators overseas may not have the same safety and more

Health Information

Reviewed: 28 November 2019, 13:37 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. more

Outbreaks of Polio

Reviewed: 23 September 2019, 14:05 NZST

In September 2019, an outbreak of polio was declared in the Philippines. In July 2019, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced a situational update on circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 outbreaks in the WHO African and Eastern Mediterranean regions. In June 2018 an outbreak of vaccine-derived poliovirus was declared by the Papua New Guinea Government in Morobe province. In July 2018, preparations for implementation of large more

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 more

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