Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

News features

India: Severe Air Pollution

Reviewed: 11 December 2017, 14:35 NZDT

Major cities in India are currently experiencing severe levels of air pollution. Some of the most common health effects of air pollution include irritation of eyes, throat and lungs. For people with existing respiratory conditions such as asthma or bronchitis, breathing in air pollution can make these conditions worse.  New Zealanders in areas affected by the air pollution are advised to monitor pollution readings, such as those provid...read more

United States of America: Entry requirements

Updated: 2 November 2017, 11:50 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

Updated: 27 October 2017, 13:00 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

Brazil: Yellow Fever outbreak

Reviewed: 2 October 2017, 13:47 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 Brazil has experienced its most significant outbreak...read more

Zika Virus

Reviewed: 2 October 2017, 13:45 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

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

Register/update your travel plans

Travelling or living overseas? Help us find you in an emergency, so we can check on your well-being or send you important information.

Subscribe to travel advisories

Not travelling or living overseas but still want to stay up to date with our travel advice? Have the latest travel advisories sent to you via email.

Emergency 24/7 assistance

Please note, only consular emergencies, for example death, arrest, illness or injury to New Zealand citizens will be handled outside office hours.