On 6 March 2018, the Sri Lankan Government declared a nationwide State of Emergency due to incidents of communal unrest.
On the evening if 16 February 2018 the Government of Ethiopia declared a State of Emergency in response to a wave of protests and following the resignation of Prime Minister Hailemariam on 15 February.
Tropical Cyclone Gita passed through Tonga and Fiji on 12-14 February 2018 as a category 4 cyclone, causing substantial damage.
Health Advice following the Cyclone
Over the weeks following the cyclone there may be an increased risk from food, water borne and arboviral diseases. This is due to damage to infrastructure, such as water and power supplies, possible sewage contamination and the proliferation of mosquito breeding sites. The current outbreak of dengue in Tonga could be exacerbated if there is an increase in mosquito populations.
The Western Cape, including Cape Town, is experiencing a serious drought. The city of Cape Town is most severely affected and it has implemented water restrictions. Effective 1 February 2018, water restrictions of 50 litres per person per day apply. Water restrictions are in place to reduce demand and conserve water. The City of Cape Town has cautioned that more severe restrictions may be necessary.
The Pacific cyclone season begins on 1 November and runs until 30 April.
New Zealanders travelling to the Pacific are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Travellers who register can be warned if a major cyclone approaches and given advice on precautions to take. We can also make contact with you following a significant cyclone to check on your well-being.
Due to recent law changes, the United States of America has new entry requirements when arriving into their territory, or travelling to Cuba from the US. These could impact your travel in the region.
Additional security questions at check-in
Don’t want your holiday to go up in smoke? Travelling with an electronic cigarette may land you in prison or with a fine. Some countries consider electronic cigarettes and the liquid used in them as prohibited products, which may have some serious consequences for you when you get to the border or are stopped by the authorities in-country. Countries with the ban could impose a hefty fine and/or a prison sentence if it is deemed you attempted to import a prohibited item.
Here are some sensible preparations New Zealanders living or travelling overseas can take to ensure they are best prepared for unforeseen events like a natural disaster, major civil unrest or a deterioration to the security situation: