Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

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ALERT - COVID-19 - Do not travel overseas at this time. Due to the difficulty travellers are experiencing returning home, New Zealanders overseas need to take steps to stay safely where they are and shelter in place....Read more

ALERT - COVID-19 - Do not travel overseas at this time. Due to the difficulty travellers are experiencing returning home, New Zealanders overseas need to take steps to stay safely where they are and shelter in place....Read more

Advice for New Zealanders Overseas

Reviewed: 2 April 2020, 13:10 NZDT

The New Zealand Government moved New Zealand to COVID-19 Alert Level 4 on 11:59pm on Wednesday 25 March. For more information on what this means, visit the New Zealand Government’s dedicated COVID-19 website. Advice for New Zealanders currently overseasDo not travel overseas at this time. Transport and transit options to return to New Zealand have reduced significantly. Even booked flights may be cancelled. We recognise th...read more

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Reviewed: 17 March 2020, 14:01 NZDT

A number of countries and territories are currently experiencing an active outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus) which originated in Wuhan City in China.  We are monitoring the situation closely including the implications for overseas travel.  With the situation changing rapidly, our travel advisories are under close review so please check this News Feature regularly. It is being updated as new information comes to hand.  F...read more

Middle East: Regional Tensions

Reviewed: 17 March 2020, 13:56 NZDT

On 3 January 2020, an Iranian military commander and Iraqi paramilitary leaders were killed in a U.S. airstrike near Baghdad International Airport.On 8 January, Iran fired missiles against two military bases in Iraq containing U.S personnel.   On 8 January, a Ukrainian International Airlines flight was shot down shortly after take-off from Tehran. Iranian authorities have acknowledged responsibility.   On 11 March, the coalitio...read more

Chile: Civil Unrest

Reviewed: 3 March 2020, 12:53 NZDT

Following civil unrest and violence across Chile in October and November 2019, there is the potential for further demonstrations, protests and violent clashes in Santiago and other major cities, including Valparaíso, Viña del Mar, Punta Arenas, Puerto Montt, Concepción and Antofagasta, in March and April 2020. We continue to advise New Zealanders to exercise increased caution in Chile. Read what our advisory levels mean and the full advice on...read more

Australia: Bushfires

Reviewed: 26 February 2020, 15:30 NZDT

Bushfires are a common threat in Australia during the summer period. If you are in or near an affected area, stay safe and follow the advice of local authorities. In the event of emergency, always call Triple Zero (000). Details of affected areas, health services, preparedness information, and evacuation centres can be found at the following sites: Australian Capital Territory:ACT Emergency Services Agency New South Wales:New South Wales Rural ...read more

New Zealanders in the United Kingdom

Reviewed: 5 February 2020, 15:15 NZDT

New Zealand citizens who plan to continue living in the UK after it leaves the EU can: use the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website tool to seek guidance on visa status and rights to stay.  find more information in the UK's Department for Exiting the European Union: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-exiting-the-european-union. If you are a New Zealander who holds a European passport, or who has a Euro...read more

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