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Spain: Protests and Strikes

Protests and demonstrations have taken place in Barcelona and other parts of the Catalonia region since the vote on Catalan independence on 1 October 2017. We are advising New Zealanders in Spain to avoid all protests and demonstrations as even those intended to be peaceful have the potential to result in violence. We recommend monitoring the media to keep up to date with local developments and following any instructions issued by the local authorities.

Vanuatu: Ambae Island Volcano

The Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-hazards Department has assessed the Volcanic Alert Level as Level 3 (out of 5) for the Manaro Voui volcano on Ambae Island which is in a minor eruption state.  Vanuatu authorities have declared a state of emergency and a mandatory evacuation order is in place for Ambae Island.

New Zealanders in Vanuatu are advised to follow the advice of the local authorities, including the evacuation order.

Qatar: Flight suspension

Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have announced they plan to suspend all flights to and from Qatar from 6 June 2017 until further notice. Qatar has also announced they plan to suspend all flights to and from these destinations. 


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

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 government has provided maximum dimensions for electronic devices permitted in carry-on luggage (length: 16.0cm, width: 9.3cm, depth: 1.5cm).