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Monkeypox outbreak

Reviewed: 26 July 2022, 15:32 NZST

SummaryMonkeypox is a rare disease that does not easily spread between people. Currently there is an outbreak of monkeypox beyond the African continent where it is endemic. On 23 July, the World Health Organisation declared monkeypox a public health emergency of international concern. If travelling to countries where monkeypox is present: Practice good hygiene including washing hands with soap and water or alcohol based sanitiser. avoiding ...read more

Europe: Wildfires

Updated: 22 July 2022, 08:43 NZST

Major wildfires are currently impacting parts of Europe, particularly Portugal, Spain, France, Italy and Greece. Fires can move rapidly and be unpredictable. New Zealanders are advised to follow any instructions issued by the local authorities, such as Fire and Rescue services (including evacuation orders), and to monitor the media to keep up to date with local developments. New Zealanders in the affected places should also let their family know...read more

Foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in Indonesia

Updated: 20 July 2022, 12:33 NZST

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) recently announced that Biosecurity New Zealand is stepping up its work at the border with a campaign to ensure travellers do their part to protect farmers from foot-and-mouth disease. Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is a highly contagious animal virus that affects cattle, sheep, goats, deer, and pigs (animals with cloven hooves). It is present in a number of countries in the world, especially in Africa and...read more

Ukraine: Security Situation

Reviewed: 11 July 2022, 11:03 NZST

UkraineIn response to heightened tensions between Russia and Ukraine, we updated our travel advisory for Ukraine on 12 February, advising New Zealanders to leave immediately. Heavy fighting is ongoing in several areas of Ukraine, including in and around Kyiv and other major cities. There are reports of gun fire, artillery bombardments, explosions and missile strikes. Civilians are being impacted. We advise New Zealanders in Ukraine to seek shelt...read more

Top travel tips as Kiwis reconnect with the world

Updated: 5 March 2022, 00:25 NZDT

Kiwis will be excited to be able to travel again after the New Zealand Government announced the next steps to reconnect New Zealanders to the world. This includes removal of the need for vaccinated New Zealanders to self-isolate on return from any country, and dropping the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s global “do not travel” advisory which has been in place since March 2020. But before they go, travellers will need ...read more

Afghanistan: Security Situation

Reviewed: 13 September 2021, 17:20 NZST

On 26 August 2021 a terrorist attack occurred in the vicinity of Kabul Hamid Karzai International Airport with explosions taking place outside the Abbey Gate and at a nearby hotel.   The security situation remains extremely dangerous and may become increasingly volatile at short notice. There is an ongoing and very high threat of terrorist attack throughout Afghanistan. Explosions have occurred in the vicinity of Hamid Karzai International ...read more

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