Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

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Reviewed: 7 December 2022, 14:18 NZDT

The Ministry of Health is advising people travelling overseas to make sure they are fully immunised against measles before they go. If there is not enough time before you travel to complete the recommended two doses, having even one MMR vaccination before you leave New Zealand will substantially reduce your (or your child’s) risk of getting infected.While cases in New Zealand are rare because endemic measles has been eliminated here, the more

Travelling in the Festive Season

Reviewed: 5 December 2022, 14:21 NZDT

The holiday period in December and January is peak season for international travel, and we wish all New Zealanders safe travels over the summer holidays. We have some advice for Kiwi travellers to consider before departure: Register with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on the SafeTravel website so that you receive important updates. Read the travel advisory for your destination so that you are aware of any potential risks. more

Ukraine: Security Situation

Reviewed: 11 November 2022, 12:13 NZDT

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is ongoing, with attacks and heavy fighting occurring in several areas of Ukraine, including in and around Kyiv and other major cities. There are ongoing reports of gunfire, artillery bombardments, explosions and missile strikes. Civilians are being impacted. There is a real risk to life. There is also concern about military activity and shelling around Ukraine’s nuclear power plants, particularly the more

Uganda: Ebola Virus

Updated: 4 November 2022, 12:26 NZDT

Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) The Ugandan government has declared an outbreak of EVD caused by Sudan virus in Uganda. The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals (such as fruit bats, porcupines and non-human primates). EVD is not easily spread between people but can be transmitted by direct contact with infected bodily fluids (such as blood, saliva, urine, vomit or faeces) and contaminated surfaces or materials (such as bedding and clothing) more

Pacific Cyclone Season: 1 November to 30 April

Reviewed: 3 November 2022, 12:19 NZDT

The Pacific cyclone season runs from 1 November 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 more

Qatar: FIFA Men’s World Cup 2022

Posted: 31 October 2022, 15:02 NZDT

Qatar: FIFA Men’s World Cup 2022 This information, for New Zealanders planning on travelling to Qatar for the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup beginning on 20 November 2022, should be read in conjunction with the travel advisory for Qatar.  Before you go All New Zealanders planning on attending the FIFA Men’s World Cup are encouraged to: -          Ensure they have a comprehensive travel more

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