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ALERT - COVID-19: Do not travel overseas at this time. Due to the difficulty travellers are experiencing returning home, some New Zealanders overseas may need to stay safely where they are....Read more

ALERT - COVID-19: Do not travel overseas at this time. Due to the difficulty travellers are experiencing returning home, some New Zealanders overseas may need to stay safely where they are....Read more

Pacific Cyclone Season: 1 November to 30 April

Reviewed: 16 November 2020, 12:31 NZDT

The Pacific cyclone season runs from 1 November 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. If you are in an area affected by a...read more

COVID-19: Advice for New Zealanders Overseas

Reviewed: 16 November 2020, 12:30 NZDT

New Zealand is currently at Alert Level 1. For more information on what this means, visit the New Zealand Government’s dedicated COVID-19 website. Advice for New Zealanders currently overseas We currently advise that you do not travel overseas at this time. Transport and transit options to return to New Zealand have been severely disrupted during the pandemic. Even booked flights may be cancelled.If you are a New Zeal...read more

United States: 2020 Presidential Elections

Reviewed: 12 November 2020, 08:20 NZDT

The United States presidential election took place on Tuesday 3 November 2020, with an inauguration ceremony scheduled for Wednesday 20 January 2021. Political activity including rallies and protest activity can be expected following the election and in the lead up to the Presidential inauguration. Since early 2020, there have been widespread protests and demonstrations occurring around the United States. Some protests have resulted in violence ...read more

Thailand: Demonstrations

Reviewed: 4 November 2020, 10:28 NZDT

It is anticipated that protest rallies in Bangkok and other provinces around Thailand will continue over the coming weeks.  These rallies may be announced at short-notice with exact locations often not confirmed until shortly before the protests start.   In recent days, “flash mob” style demonstrations have been held simultaneously at different sites. Parts of Bangkok’s public transport and road networks have been disrupted or c...read more

United States of America: Wildfires

Reviewed: 5 October 2020, 10:47 NZDT

Major wildfires have been affecting Northern and Southern California, Oregon and Washington state. Details of affected areas, health services, preparedness information, and emergency shelters can be found on the State of California emergency response portal, Oregon Governor's wildfire resource page and the Washington Governor's wildfire resource page. Local power companies may cut power across various locations in the state in...read more

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Reviewed: 13 August 2020, 17:20 NZST

The world is responding to an active outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus). We currently advise that all New Zealanders do not travel overseas at this time due to the outbreak of COVID-19, associated health risks and travel restrictions. Due to the difficulty travellers are experiencing returning home, some New Zealanders overseas may need to stay safely where they are. For more information on COVID-19, please refer to the New Zealand governme...read more

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