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Solomon Islands: Dengue Fever

Updated: 1 December 2016, 15:37 NZDT

An outbreak of Dengue fever is currently ongoing in the Solomon Islands. Dengue fever is a viral disease spread by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito and can cause significant side effects. Symptoms include high fever, headache, pain behind the eyes, joint pain, muscle and bone pain, rash and mild bleeding (e.g nose bleeds). A small proportion of dengue fever cases have a severe disease which can lead to shock or death. There are four more

Top 10 Tips for your Christmas getaway

Updated: 1 December 2016, 09:40 NZDT

Overseas travel is exciting, and we wish all New Zealand travellers a safe trip for the Christmas/New Year break. Here are some simple steps pre-departure that will help smooth your path:      Register your itinerary online with MFAT to help us contact you or your family in the event of an emergency, and send you important information and updates.  Read our travel advisory to get the latest advice for your more

Zika Virus

Reviewed: 29 November 2016, 10:24 NZDT

There is ongoing concern about the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus and the impact of Zika infections on pregnant women and their babies. There are also concerns that Zika infection can, in rare instances, lead to Guillain-Barré syndrome, a serious immune system disorder. Zika is spreading to many tropical and sub-tropical countries. Cases of Zika virus have been reported in Africa, southern Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the Americas. more

Travelling to New Zealand – Need a Visa?

Reviewed: 25 November 2016, 11:24 NZDT

SafeTravel provides information and advice to New Zealand nationals living or travelling overseas.If you are a foreign national intending to travel or live in New Zealand you can find useful information about New Zealand on the New Zealand Travel website. Immigration New Zealand is the New Zealand government agency which issues visas to foreign nationals travelling to New Zealand. For information regarding visas for New& more

Pacific Cyclone Season: Travel safely with SafeTravel

Reviewed: 2 November 2016, 10:38 NZDT

Kiwis heading for the Pacific this summer need to be prepared for the chance of a tropical cyclone disrupting their break.The Pacific cyclone season runs from 1 November to 30 April and as many as 10 cyclones could occur in the region over this period.Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokeswoman Lyndal Walker says it is important Kiwis travelling in the Pacific register their details with SafeTravel.“If we have your details, we can alert more

Pacific Cyclone Season: 1 November to 30 April

Reviewed: 2 November 2016, 10:35 NZDT

The Pacific cyclone season begins on 1 November and runs until 30 April. According to the New Zealand National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA) and the Meteorological Service of New Zealand (MetService), between 8-10 tropical cyclones are expected this season. At least 5-6 severe cyclones (category 3 or higher) are expected to occur across the South Pacific during this period. Category 5 strength cyclones are also known more

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