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Spain: WorldPride 2017

Updated: 21 June 2017, 11:30 NZST

From the 23rd June to 2nd July Madrid will host WorldPride 2017. The festival itself will take place in the neighbourhood of Chueca and the main streets of Madrid. For further information on the festivities please visit WorldPride 2017. TerrorismLGBTQ+ events and locations have previously been the target of terrorist attacks. We advise New Zealanders attending WorldPride 2017 events to keep themselves informed of potential risks to safety and more

Zika Virus

Reviewed: 20 June 2017, 17:00 NZST

There is ongoing concern about the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus and the impact of Zika infections on pregnant women and their babies. There are also concerns that Zika infection can, in rare instances, lead to Guillain-Barré syndrome, a serious immune system disorder. Zika has spread to many tropical and sub-tropical countries. Cases of Zika virus have been reported in Africa, southern Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the Americas. more

Qatar: Flight suspension

Updated: 15 June 2017, 14:12 NZST

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.     New Zealanders travelling between Qatar and Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, or from New Zealand via Qatar to these destinations, are more

Spain: Advice regarding running of the bulls 2017

Updated: 13 June 2017, 15:00 NZST

A large number of New Zealand citizens travel to Pamplona, Spain for the San Fermin festivities that take place from 6 to 14 of July 2017. Running with the bulls is dangerous. The run takes place in a narrow crowded alley in which there are two particularly dangerous sections where a number of deaths have occurred. Every year a number of people are injured and hospitalised. New Zealanders have been amongst them. The Embassy's advice is not to more

The Pacific: Dengue Fever outbreak

Updated: 22 May 2017, 13:37 NZST

An outbreak of Dengue fever is currently ongoing in American Samoa, Fiji, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau and Vanuatu. Dengue fever is a viral disease spread by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito and can cause significant symptoms. Symptoms include high fever, headache, pain behind the eyes, joint pain, muscle and bone pain, rash and mild bleeding (e.g nose bleeds). A small proportion of dengue fever cases have a severe more


Updated: 5 May 2017, 15:38 NZST

Ramadan, the Islamic holy month, will be observed from approximately 26 May to 24 June 2017. The exact timing will depend on sightings of the moon which will vary from country to country.For Muslims this is a time of prayer and fasting, in which Muslims refrain from eating, drinking or smoking, between dawn and sunset. New Zealanders are advised to respect the religious and social traditions of the country they are in to avoid offending more

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