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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 inc...read 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 sin...read more

Hong Kong: Ongoing Protests

Reviewed: 16 July 2019, 10:15 NZST

Large demonstrations have taken place in Hong Kong recently, notably in the areas of Admiralty, Tamar Park and the Central Government Complex. Violent clashes have taken place between police and protesters. Further protests are ongoing in different locations around Hong Kong, including Kowloon and the New Territories. New Zealanders in Hong Kong are advised to avoid all protests and demonstrations, as even those intended to be peaceful have the ...read more

South Africa: Visas

Updated: 15 July 2019, 09:55 NZST

South Africa‚Äôs Department of Home Affairs has announced that from November 2019, New Zealand visitors will no longer require visas to travel to South Africa. In the interim, the South African High Commission in Wellington has advised that the current visa requirements apply. New Zealanders requiring further information regarding the visa application process should contact the South African High Commission in Wellington or the South ...read more

Drug Crime Overseas: Don't Risk It

Reviewed: 11 July 2019, 15:20 NZST

Every year New Zealanders put themselves at risk of arrest or detention for drug-related offences overseas. Remember that when you are overseas you are subject to that country's laws and penalties - no matter how harsh they may appear by New Zealand standards. In many countries, penalties for drug-related offences are severe. Possession, use or trafficking of even very small quantities of drugs can lead to lengthy imprisonment thousands of miles...read more

Ethiopia: Civil Unrest

Reviewed: 26 June 2019, 12:10 NZST

On 22 June 2019, Ethiopia experienced two incidents of political violence directed against government officials in Bahir Dar and Addis Ababa. There is a heightened presence of police and security forces throughout the country. The internet (including mobile internet) and SMS/text messaging services were shut down following the incidents. Some services have been since been restored, but may be shut down again with little notice. New Ze...read more

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