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India: Currency shortage

Following the removal from circulation of old 500 and 1,000 rupee notes in November 2016, there remains a shortage of currency in India. Old 500 and 1,000 rupee notes are no longer accepted or changed anywhere; small denominations are in short supply and businesses may not be able to provide change in lower denomination notes. 

The Pacific: Dengue Fever outbreak

An outbreak of Dengue fever is currently ongoing in the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Palau. Dengue fever is a viral disease spread by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito and can cause significant symptoms. Symptoms include high fever, headache, pain behind the eyes, joint pain, muscle and bone pain, rash and mild bleeding (e.g nose bleeds). A small proportion of dengue fever cases have a severe disease which can lead to shock or death. 

Pacific Cyclone Season: Travel safely with SafeTravel

Kiwis heading for the Pacific this summer need to be prepared for the chance of a tropical cyclone disrupting their break.

The Pacific cyclone season runs from 1 November to 30 April and as many as 10 cyclones could occur in the region over this period.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokeswoman Lyndal Walker says it is important Kiwis travelling in the Pacific register their details with SafeTravel.

Pacific Cyclone Season: 1 November to 30 April

The Pacific cyclone season begins on 1 November and runs until 30 April. According to the New Zealand National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA) and the Meteorological Service of New Zealand (MetService), between 8-10 tropical cyclones are expected this season. At least 5-6 severe cyclones (category 3 or higher) are expected to occur across the South Pacific during this period. Category 5 strength cyclones are also known to occur during seasons like this one.

Thailand: Period of Royal Mourning

On 13th October 2016 the Government of Thailand announced the passing of His Majesty The King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej. The interim government has announced an official mourning period of one year from 14 October. To convey our sincere sympathy it is important that we fully respect and comply with the etiquette and protocols surrounding this period of royal mourning.