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Chile: Ongoing Civil Unrest

Reviewed: 12 November 2019, 09:24 NZDT

Large demonstrations are continuing in Santiago and other cities across Chile. New Zealanders in Chile should continue to monitor local media for updates and follow the instructions and advice of the local authorities. In light of the civil unrest you should expect to see a significant police presence in major cities. Transport links may be impacted, including by blockades on inter-city highways or potential delays at airports. You should check ...read more

Bolivia: Civil Unrest

Reviewed: 12 November 2019, 09:10 NZDT

We have reviewed our advice and now advise New Zealanders to avoid non-essential travel to Bolivia due to demonstrations and civil unrest. Read our full advice on SafeTravel. The current political situation in Bolivia is highly unpredictable following the abrupt resignation of the president at the urging of the military, in response to widespread protests in the wake of presidential elections on 20 October 2019. Clashes between protesters and se...read more

Australia: Bushfires

Updated: 11 November 2019, 15:59 NZDT

Major bushfires are severely affecting parts of both New South Wales and Queensland. A State of Emergency has been declared by the New South Wales Premier for the next 7 days and a State of Fire Emergency has been declared across 42 Local Government Areas in Queensland. Many residents in the affected areas in both states have been issued a ‘leave immediately’ or ‘prepare to leave’ order. Catastrophic fire danger is now forecast for the Gr...read more

Pacific Cyclone Season: 1 November to 30 April

Reviewed: 6 November 2019, 09:19 NZDT

The Pacific cyclone season began 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 cyclo...read more

India: Severe Air Pollution

Updated: 5 November 2019, 15:17 NZDT

Major cities in India are currently experiencing severe levels of air pollution. Some of the most common health effects of air pollution include irritation of eyes, throat and lungs. For people with existing respiratory conditions such as asthma or bronchitis, breathing in air pollution can make these conditions worse.  New Zealanders in areas affected by the air pollution are advised to monitor pollution readings, such as those provid...read more

California: Wildfires

Reviewed: 30 October 2019, 13:06 NZDT

Major wildfires are severely affecting both Northern and Southern California. A state-wide state of emergency has been declared by the California Governor, and a number of evacuation orders have been issued, in some areas mandatory. Local power companies have cut power across various locations in the state in an attempt to prevent wildfires. Details of affected areas, health services, preparedness information, and emergency shelters can be found ...read more

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