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Do not travel overseas at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, associated health risks and widespread travel restrictions. This do not travel advisory (level 4 of 4) applies to all destinations except the Cook Islands....Read more

Do not travel overseas at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, associated health risks and widespread travel restrictions. This do not travel advisory (level 4 of 4) applies to all destinations except the Cook Islands....Read more

Exercise increased caution in the Cook Islands (level 2 of 4). Quarantine-free travel is now available between New Zealand and the Cook Islands. Information about the current situation in Australia is available here....Read more

Exercise increased caution in the Cook Islands (level 2 of 4). Quarantine-free travel is now available between New Zealand and the Cook Islands. Information about the current situation in Australia is available here....Read more

SafeTravel registration and Website: Planned outage - 2 August

Posted: 30 July 2021, 12:28 NZST

The SafeTravel websites (https://www.safetravel.govt.nz and https://register.safetravel.govt.nz/) will be unavailable from 4am – 7am, Monday 2 August 2021 New Zealand time. If you are a New Zealander offshore in need of urgent consular assistance, please contact the 24 hour consular assistance line from New Zealand on 0800 30 10 30 or from overseas on +64 99 20 20 20. ...read more

Quarantine-Free Travel

Reviewed: 23 July 2021, 13:55 NZST

UPDATE: We now advise that New Zealanders do not travel to Australia. The Government has announced that quarantine-free travel with Australia has been suspended. Further detailed information can be found on the Unite Against COVID-19 website . Check back regularly for the latest advice and information. Detailed information about quarantine-free travel is available on the Unite Against Covid-19 website, her...read more

Restrictions for travellers from 'very high risk' countries

Reviewed: 28 April 2021, 15:12 NZST

The Government has created a new ‘very high risk’ country category that will significantly reduce the number of people with COVID-19 flying to New Zealand. For more information, see the Unite Against COVID-19 website. From 11:59pm (NZT) on 28 April 2021, travellers to New Zealand from these countries will be subject to new restrictions.     The following countries currently meet the threshold of being very high risk: Bra...read more

Myanmar: Security situation

Reviewed: 19 April 2021, 10:25 NZST

New Zealand is monitoring recent developments in Myanmar closely. The Myanmar Military have declared a one-year state of emergency and martial law is in place in areas of Yangon and Mandalay. Phone and internet connections across Myanmar have experienced disruptions. There are also disruptions to basic services, including ATMs and public health, and more may follow. Unless they have a need to remain in Myanmar, we advise New Zeal...read more

COVID-19: Advice for New Zealanders Overseas

Reviewed: 15 February 2021, 09:36 NZDT

New Zealand has a 4-level COVID-19 Alert System. Each Alert Level tells us what measures we need to take in New Zealand. For information about the current New Zealand Alert Level(s), please refer to the New Zealand Government’s Unite Against 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 ...read more

United States: 2020 Presidential Elections

Reviewed: 29 January 2021, 09:50 NZDT

The United States presidential election took place on Tuesday 3 November 2020. Political activity including rallies and protest activity has occurred following the election. Further political rallies or protests are anticipated in Washington DC and other state capitals. A strong police and/or National Guard presence can be expected at any further protests. Police measures have, at times, included the use of rubber bullets and/or pepper spray to ...read more

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