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Mexico Earthquake

Updated: 17 February 2018, 16:16 NZDT

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck in Oaxaca (approximately 380 km from Mexico City) at 17:40 on 16  February 2018 (local time).   An earthquake alert was issued in Mexico City. Local services, including transport, may be affected. If you’re in the area, you should follow the advice of the local authorities. New Zealanders in Mexico requiring consular assistance should contact the New Zealand Embassy in Mexico City on +52 5552...read more

Ethiopia State of Emergency

Updated: 17 February 2018, 12:15 NZDT

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.  We advise New Zealanders in Ethiopia to follow the advice and directions of local authorities. Exercise vigilance throughout the country and avoid all protests, demonstrations and large public gatherings as they have the potential to turn v...read more

Tropical Cyclone Gita

Reviewed: 16 February 2018, 16:25 NZDT

Tropical Cyclone Gita passed through Tonga and Fiji on 12-14 February 2018 as a category 4 cyclone, causing substantial damage. Tropical Cyclone Gita continues to travel through the South Pacific - for further information please see the Tropical Storm Risk website. Health Advice following the CycloneOver the weeks following the cyclone there may be an increased risk from food, water borne and arboviral diseases. This is due to damage to infrastr...read more

South Korea: Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018

Reviewed: 5 February 2018, 15:35 NZDT

Tips for fans travelling to the 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Pyeongchang, Korea. Visit the SafeTravel website to read our travel advisory for South Korea and register with SafeTravel to receive updates. Plan well in advance There will be large numbers of spectators and fans travelling to South Korea in February and March for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and Paralympics. If you are planning to travel to the Games, we recomm...read more

South Africa: Western Cape Water Shortage

Updated: 5 February 2018, 15:30 NZDT

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.   We encourage all New Ze...read more

Pacific Cyclone Season: 1 November to 30 April

Reviewed: 1 February 2018, 11:55 NZDT

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.If you are in an area affected by a cycl...read more

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