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Brazil: Yellow Fever outbreak

Reviewed: 22 August 2017, 13:10 NZST

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

Travelling to Cuba from the United States

Updated: 2 August 2017, 15:12 NZST

Travel is permitted to Cuba from the US; however travelling for tourism purposes directly from the US to Cuba isn’t allowed under US law. This applies to US nationals and all foreign nationals who are either resident in the US, or travelling through the US en route to Cuba on any airline. Everybody travelling to Cuba from the US (both US citizens and foreign nationals) will need to comply with US law and travel for one of the 12 authorised cat...read more

United States of America: Changes to entry requirements

Updated: 4 July 2017, 16:21 NZST

An Executive Order signed by President Trump on 6 March 2017 has been partially reintroduced following a Supreme Court ruling on 26 June 2017. The Executive Order temporarily suspends entry into the United States of certain foreign nationals from six countries: Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen. The Executive Order does not restrict the travel of New Zealand dual nationals, so long as they travel on their New Zealand passpo...read more

Zika Virus

Reviewed: 3 July 2017, 14:00 NZST

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

Qatar: Flight suspension

Updated: 15 June 2017, 14:12 NZST

Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have announced they plan to suspend all flights to and from Qatar from 6 June 2017 until further notice. Qatar has also announced they plan to suspend all flights to and from these destinations.    New Zealanders travelling between Qatar and Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, or from New Zealand via Qatar to these destinations, are advised to c...read more

Heading overseas on a break?

Updated: 4 May 2017, 17:00 NZST

Recent terrorist attacks in Europe, in popular places frequented by Kiwi travellers, have put the spotlight on important measures everyone should take to help ensure their safety while overseas. Here are our top tips for a safe and memorable holiday: Register on SafeTravel - this allows us to update you on security at your destination, as well as contact you in the event of an emergency to confirm you are OK. Registered travellers are usu...read more

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