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South Africa: Western Cape Water Shortage

Reviewed: 2 May 2018, 10:45 NZST

The Western Cape, including Cape Town, is experiencing a serious drought. The city of Cape Town is most severely affected and it has implemented water restrictions. Effective 1 February 2018, water restrictions of 50 litres per person per day apply. Water restrictions are in place to reduce demand and conserve water. The City of Cape Town has cautioned that more severe restrictions may be necessary.   We encourage all New Ze...read more

Brazil: Yellow Fever outbreak

Reviewed: 5 March 2018, 14:11 NZDT

Yellow fever is an acute viral disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes. Infection with the yellow fever virus causes varying degrees of disease, from mild symptoms to severe illness with bleeding and jaundice. About 15% of people infected with yellow fever progress to a severe form of the illness, and half of those will die, as there is no cure for yellow fever. Beginning in late 2016, and continuing through 2017 the Brazilian Ministry of Hea...read more

Zika Virus

Reviewed: 1 February 2018, 11:35 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 has spread to many tropical and sub-tropical countries. Cases of Zika virus have been reported in Africa, southern Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the Americas.Acco...read more

United States of America: Entry requirements

Reviewed: 1 February 2018, 11:20 NZDT

Due to recent law changes, the United States of America has new entry requirements when arriving into their territory, or travelling to Cuba from the US. These could impact your travel in the region. Additional security questions at check-in Passengers on direct flights to the United States may be subjected to additional security-based questions at their airline check-in counter and may require additional security screening. This may cause dela...read more

Travelling with an Electronic Cigarette

Reviewed: 1 February 2018, 11:15 NZDT

Don’t want your holiday to go up in smoke? Travelling with an electronic cigarette may land you in prison or with a fine. Some countries consider electronic cigarettes and the liquid used in them as prohibited products, which may have some serious consequences for you when you get to the border or are stopped by the authorities in-country. Countries with the ban could impose a hefty fine and/or a prison sentence if it is deemed you attempted to...read more

Health information

Reviewed: 2 October 2017, 10:20 NZDT

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade liaises with the Ministry of Health to provide information on health issues for New Zealand travellers, including information on disease outbreaks and health precautions for travellers. For more information on travel health issues, please see our Health and Travel page. ...read more

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