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Panama: World Youth Day 2019

Reviewed: 15 January 2019, 14:20 NZDT

Between 22 and 27 January 2019, World Youth Day (a youth event organised by the Roman Catholic Church) will take place in Panama. Before you goIf you’re a New Zealander planning on attending World Youth Day, we encourage you to: Register your details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on the SafeTravel website so we can contact you and account for your well-being in an emergency. Take out comprehensive travel insurance that more

Travelling in the Festive Season

Reviewed: 17 December 2018, 09:10 NZDT

The holiday period in December and January is peak season for international travel, and we wish all New Zealanders safe travels over the summer holidays. We have some advice for Kiwi travellers to consider before departure:   1. Register with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on the SafeTravel website so that you receive important updates.2. Read the travel advisory for your destination so that you are aware of any potential more

Pacific Cyclone Season: 1 November to 30 April

Reviewed: 10 December 2018, 12:30 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 more

France: Protests

Reviewed: 3 December 2018, 10:40 NZDT

There are ongoing demonstrations in Paris and across France. Protests have turned violent and traffic has been disrupted across the country. We continue to advise New Zealanders in France to avoid all demonstrations, protests and rallies, follow any advice issued by the local authorities and monitor local media for developments. New Zealanders currently in or travelling to France are encouraged to register with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs more

United States of America: California: Wildfires

Reviewed: 12 November 2018, 12:30 NZDT

A series of wildfires have broken out in California. Many people have been killed and thousands displaced from their homes since the fires broke out. Evacuation orders are in place in several areas and emergency shelters have been opened. The Governor's Office of Emergency Services has activated the State Operations Center to the highest level and is coordinating with other local, state and federal emergency response officials to more

Travel Insurance

Reviewed: 6 November 2018, 08:25 NZDT

If you’re heading overseas, don’t forget to take out comprehensive travel insurance. Your policy should cover any activities you plan to undertake (from scuba diving to scooter riding), personal liability, medical treatment, emergency medical evacuation, and any pre-existing medical conditions. Even minor medical treatment can be very expensive overseas. If you suffer an injury overseas and return to New Zealand, ACC may be able to more

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