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Novel coronavirus, China (2019-nCoV)

Reviewed: 23 January 2020, 15:43 NZDT

We have reviewed our advice for Wuhan city, Hubei province, and now advise New Zealanders to avoid non-essential travel to Wuhan city due to the recent outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Exercise normal safety and security precautions generally in China. Higher levels apply elsewhere in the country. See the full advice on SafeTravel. On 31 December 2019, the World Health Organisation China Country Office was informed of cases of pneumoni...read more

Philippines: Taal Volcano

Reviewed: 21 January 2020, 12:01 NZDT

The lake Taal volcano in Batangas province, located 60km south of Manila, has been showing increasing signs of volcanic activity. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has been assessing the volcanic alert levels and has advised that a more hazardous explosive eruption may be imminent.Authorities are currently recommending evacuation of an area within a 14km radius of the Taal main crater. Ash cloud has been ...read more

Middle East: Regional Tensions

Reviewed: 21 January 2020, 12:00 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. Some airlines have cancelled flights to...read more

Australia: Bushfires

Reviewed: 21 January 2020, 11:59 NZDT

Major bushfires have been severely affecting a number of states across Australia. State of Emergency declarations are being announced as needed by Premiers, as temperatures and winds continue to create challenges for the emergency services.  Residents in the affected areas in many states have been issued a ‘leave immediately’ or ‘prepare to leave’ order. Severe bushfires are likely to continue to occur throughout Australia during th...read more

New Zealanders with unpaid debts overseas

Reviewed: 21 January 2020, 11:58 NZDT

New Zealanders with unpaid debts overseas may be detained on arrival at the airport by the local authorities, including when in transit.  You may also find yourself prevented from departure until a debt is settled or a dispute is resolved.  This includes cases of outstanding accommodation bills from previous visits, medical fees, missed loan repayments, bounced cheques, and unresolved commercial and civil disputes.   We encour...read more

Travelling as a Dual Citizen

Reviewed: 21 January 2020, 11:58 NZDT

What is dual citizenship or dual nationality?If you are a citizen of more than one country you are a dual citizen or dual national. This means you are a citizen of both New Zealand and another country at the same time. New Zealand allows dual citizenship and multiple citizenship but some other countries do not. A country could still consider you to be one of their citizens even if you don't accept that nationality if you: have a parent, ...read more

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