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Venezuela: Civil unrest

Reviewed: 3 May 2019, 16:35 NZST

On Tuesday 30 April 2019, violent clashes erupted in Caracas. On Wednesday, both pro and anti-government supporters held demonstrations in Caracas that were initially peaceful but there were reports of gunfire and violence. The clashes between opposition supporters and the security forces resulted in one death and at least 46 people injured. The political and economic situation remains very unstable. We continue to advise “do not travel to...read more

Ramadan 2019

Reviewed: 3 May 2019, 14:20 NZST

Ramadan, the Islamic holy month, will be observed from approximately 5 May to 4 June 2019. The exact timing depends on sightings of the moon which will vary from country to country.   During Ramadan in some Muslim countries, eating, drinking or smoking in public is illegal and may attract the attention of local authorities.   New Zealanders are advised to respect the religious and social traditions of the country they are in to avo...read more

Sri Lanka - Explosions in and near Colombo

Updated: 23 April 2019, 11:36 NZST

On 21 April 2019, multiple bomb blasts occurred at churches and hotels in Colombo and other parts of Sri Lanka causing 290 deaths and 500 injuries. New Zealanders throughout Sri Lanka are advised to exercise a high degree of personal security awareness at all times, be alert during religious or national festivals, avoid large public gatherings and exercise caution in areas with large crowds. Further attacks, including low-scale or opportunistic ...read more

Measles - check you are protected before you travel

Reviewed: 3 April 2019, 14:35 NZDT

Measles is a highly infectious virus that spreads easily from person to person through the air, via breathing, coughing and sneezing. It affects both children and adults. The Ministry of Health is advising people travelling overseas to make sure they are fully immunised against measles before they go. New Zealand has had a number of outbreaks due to the disease being bought into the country through international travel. Being fully immunised pre...read more

Advice for New Zealanders overseas

Posted: 18 March 2019, 14:10 NZDT

The terrorist attacks in Christchurch on 15 March, which were motivated by extreme right-wing ideology, have attracted global attention and strong international condemnation.  International reactions to those events are difficult to predict and may change at short notice.   New Zealanders travelling overseas should continue to use common sense, exercise caution and be vigilant. They should look out for and report suspicious behaviour,...read more

Are you a New Zealander living in the UK or travelling to the UK?

Reviewed: 1 March 2019, 14:45 NZDT

The United Kingdom (UK) is preparing to exit the European Union (EU). We provide the following information for New Zealanders living in or travelling to the UK. New Zealand citizens who plan to continue living in the UK after it leaves the EU can use the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website tool to seek guidance on visa status and rights to stay.  Further information can be found through the UK's Department for Exiting the European...read more

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