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Istanbul, Turkey: Airport Opening

Reviewed: 8 October 2018, 15:45 NZDT

Istanbul’s new airport opened on 31 October 2018, with commercial flights gradually transferring from Istanbul’s existing Ataturk International Airport (IST) through until the end of December 2018. Flights will be operating into/out of both airports during this period of transition. Flight delays, cancellations and traffic congestion around both airports are likely to occur during this period. We recommend you contac...read more

Indonesia: 7.5 Earthquake

Reviewed: 8 October 2018, 12:35 NZDT

On 28 September 2018 a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. A tsunami later hit the coastal town of Palu and other parts of the Central Sulawesi province, sweeping houses and buildings on its way. At least 2,100 people have been confirmed dead and many are injured. We have upgraded our travel advisory level for Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. We now advise New Zealanders to avoid non-esse...read more

South America: Ayahuasca tea

Reviewed: 6 September 2018, 09:00 NZST

In some South American countries, especially Peru, Ecuador and Colombia, shamans and other individuals offer ‘spiritual cleansing’ rituals which involve serving Ayahuasca tea. This tea contains dimethyltryptamine (DMT), which is a hallucinogen. While not illegal, Ayahuasca tourism is not regulated and does present certain risks.   There have been reports of psychological damage, assault, theft and rape of people under the infl...read more

New Language for Travel Advisories

Reviewed: 20 August 2018, 16:00 NZST

We have changed the language we use within our travel advisory levels categories, to make them more useful for New Zealanders travelling overseas. The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade now uses a four level system to give advice in each of our travel advisories: -   Exercise normal safety and security precautions (previously “no significant security risk”) -   Exercise increased caution (previously ...read more

Nicaragua: Civil Unrest

Reviewed: 2 August 2018, 11:55 NZST

There has been a prolonged period of political unrest and street violence in many areas in Nicaragua since mid-April 2018. This has involved the use of tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition, causing many serious casualties and fatalities. There is potential for further violence and disorder – marches and demonstrations continue, particularly in and around Managua and Masaya. Major transport routes are frequently blocked, including land b...read more

Indonesia: Bali: Mount Agung Volcano

Reviewed: 19 July 2018, 13:45 NZST

There was a marked increase in seismic activity from Mt Agung Volcano in Bali, Indonesia during 2018. Eruptions occured in late June and early July, and the potential for further activity remains. Ash clouds have previously disrupted air travel in and out of Bali, further ash clouds could cause airport closures and the cancellation of flights at short notice. For more information please see Bali International Airport’...read more

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