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Hong Kong: Ongoing Protests

Reviewed: 13 September 2019, 14:45 NZST

Protests in Hong Kong are ongoing and can be unpredictable. Reports indicate that protets are likely to continue in the vicinity of the Hong Kong International Airport and its access routes on Satuday 14 September and in the main business areas of Hong Kong Island on Sunday 15 September. Locations of gatherings may be unpredictable and change at short notice. Acts of violence have occurred between police and demonstrators across Hong Kong, more

Japan: Rugby World Cup 2019

Posted: 20 August 2019, 17:41 NZST

New Zealanders planning on attending this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan, beginning on 20 September 2019, should read this information in conjunction with the travel advisory for Japan.  Before you goAll New Zealanders planning on attending the Rugby World Cup are encouraged to: Ensure they have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that provides cover for any pre-existing conditions and any activities they wish to more

Outbreaks of Polio

Reviewed: 16 August 2019, 14:05 NZST

In July 2019, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced a situational update on circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 outbreaks in the WHO African and Eastern Mediterranean regions. In June 2018 an outbreak of vaccine-derived poliovirus was declared by the Papua New Guinea Government in Morobe province. In July 2018, preparations for implementation of large scale immunization activities and intensified surveillance measures began. more

Egypt: Suspension of Flights

Reviewed: 22 July 2019, 18:00 NZST

On 20 July British Airways announced that it was suspending its flights to Cairo for seven days as a security precaution. Lufthansa have announced similar measures for two flights. Other airlines may be affected. If you plan to travel to Egypt we advise you to contact your airline for further information. We take this opportunity to remind New Zealanders of our travel advice for Egypt. New Zealanders in or travelling to Egypt should exercise more

Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo: Ebola Virus

Reviewed: 17 July 2019, 10:00 NZST

On 17 July 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) determined that the ongoing Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The Ugandan government has also confirmed an outbreak of Ebola in Kasese District in western Uganda, originating in the neighbouring DRC. To date, there have been over 2500 confirmed or probable cases of Ebola in the DRC, resulting in over 1600 deaths more

South Africa: Visas

Updated: 15 July 2019, 09:55 NZST

South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs has announced that New Zealand visitors no longer require visas to travel to South Africa. The visa exemption for New Zealand passport holders came into effect on 15 August 2019. The exemption allows New Zealand passport holders to enter South Africa for a period of up to 90 days, without a visa, for holiday or business visits. The exemption also applies to New more

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