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United States of America: Changes to entry requirements

An Executive Order on 27 January 2017 has temporarily suspended entry into the United States of foreign nationals from seven countries: Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen. Beginning 27 January 2017 travellers who have nationality or dual nationality of one of these countries will not be permitted for 90 days to enter the United States or be issued an immigrant or non-immigrant visa. 

Brazil: Yellow Fever outbreak

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.

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. 

South Africa: Withdrawal of Visa Exemption

New Zealanders travelling to South Africa should be aware that from 16 January 2017, all New Zealand passport holders will be required to obtain an entry visa prior to travelling to South Africa. New Zealanders arriving in South Africa on or after 16 January 2017 should ensure they have the correct visa.

The South African High Commission in Wellington has provided information on the visa application process.

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.