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United States of America: California: Wildfires

Reviewed: 12 November 2018, 12:30 NZDT

A series of wildfires have broken out in California. At least 50 people have been killed and thousands displaced from their homes since the fires broke out last week. 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 respon...read 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 help...read more

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Ebola virus

Updated: 24 October 2018, 11:43 NZDT

On 1 August 2018, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Government confirmed an outbreak of the Ebola virus in North Kivu province, originating in Béni territory. On 24 September a case was also confirmed in Tchomia, a town on the Ugandan border approximately 200 kilometres north of the current hotspot of Beni.Between 4 May and 15 October 2018, 216 EVD cases have been reported, of which 181 are confirmed and 35 are probable. Currently there are...read more

Papua New Guinea: Temporary Suspension of Visa on Arrival

Reviewed: 19 October 2018, 09:50 NZDT

As part of enhanced border security measures related to APEC Leaders’ Week, Papua New Guinea will temporarily suspend visa on arrival for all foreign nationals from 30 October to 30 November 2018. The suspension will not affect travellers who already hold a valid paper visa. During this time, travellers should apply for a visa through their nearest Papua New Guinea Embassy, Consulate or High Commission. Our travel advisory levels have not chan...read more

Pacific Cyclone Season: 1 November to 30 April

Reviewed: 16 October 2018, 10:45 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

Istanbul, Turkey: Airport Opening

Reviewed: 8 October 2018, 15:45 NZDT

Istanbul’s new airport is scheduled to open officially on Monday 29 October 2018, with commercial flights gradually transferred from Istanbul’s existing Ataturk International Airport (IST) through until the end of December 2018. Flights will be operating into/out of both airports during this period of transition. Flight delays, cancellations and traffic congestion around both airports are likely to occur during this p...read more

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