Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

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Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

A number of countries and territories are currently experiencing an active outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus) which originated in Wuhan City in China. There are now a growing number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in other countries and territories.


Travelling as a Dual Citizen

What is dual citizenship or dual nationality?
If you are a citizen of more than one country you are a dual citizen or dual national. This means you are a citizen of both New Zealand and another country at the same time. New Zealand allows dual citizenship and multiple citizenship but some other countries do not.

A country could still consider you to be one of their citizens even if you don't accept that nationality if you:

India: Ongoing Protests

Protests and demonstrations are continuing across India in response to the passing of the Citizenship Amendment Act. Our level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise New Zealanders to exercise increased caution in India including in New Delhi and Mumbai, due to the ongoing potential for terrorism, demonstrations and civil unrest. Higher levels apply elsewhere in India.

Read what our advisory levels mean and the full advice on SafeTravel.  

Australia: Bushfires

Major bushfires have been severely affecting a number of states across Australia. State of Emergency declarations are being announced as needed by Premiers, as temperatures and winds continue to create challenges for the emergency services. 

Residents in the affected areas in many states have been issued a ‘leave immediately’ or ‘prepare to leave’ order. Severe bushfires are likely to continue to occur throughout Australia during the summer period. If you’re in or near an affected area, stay safe and follow the advice of local authorities.

India: Severe Air Pollution

Major cities in India are currently experiencing severe levels of air pollution. Some of the most common health effects of air pollution include irritation of eyes, throat and lungs. For people with existing respiratory conditions such as asthma or bronchitis, breathing in air pollution can make these conditions worse.