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Aviation security enhancements for flights to the United States and United Kingdom

Updated: 22 March 2017, 16:08 NZDT

From no later than 25 March 2017, passengers on direct flights inbound to the United States and the United Kingdom from certain airports in the Middle East and North Africa will not be allowed to carry electronic devices larger than a cell phone or smart phone in carry-on luggage or other accessible property. Electronic devices that exceed the size limits will need to be secured in checked luggage.For flights to the United Kingdom, the UK governm...read more

South Africa: Withdrawal of Visa Exemption

Updated: 13 February 2017, 14:35 NZDT

New Zealanders travelling to South Africa should be aware that from 16 January 2017, all New Zealand passport holders will be required to obtain an entry visa prior to travelling to South Africa. New Zealanders arriving in South Africa on or after 16 January 2017 should ensure they have the correct visa.The South African High Commission in Wellington has provided information on the visa application process. New Zealanders requiring further ...read more

Thailand: Period of Royal Mourning

Reviewed: 1 November 2016, 09:35 NZDT

On 13th October 2016 the Government of Thailand announced the passing of His Majesty The King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej. The interim government has announced an official mourning period of one year from 14 October. To convey our sincere sympathy it is important that we fully respect and comply with the etiquette and protocols surrounding this period of royal mourning.While most tourist attractions and services remain open as normal, some ev...read more

Riding Motorbikes and Scooters Overseas

Reviewed: 11 October 2016, 14:52 NZDT

Motorbikes and scooters are a great way to get around when you’re overseas, however accidents do happen and New Zealanders should ensure they have adequate travel insurance for all eventualities.  If you intend hiring cars, motorbikes, jet skis or any other motorised vehicle while overseas, you should comply with local licensing laws. Talk to your travel insurer to check your insurance policy covers such activity and seek advice on a...read more

Canada Visa Exemption

Updated: 28 September 2016, 09:02 NZDT

On 15 March 2016, changes to the Canadian visa exemption came into effect. All New Zealand citizens travelling to, or transiting through Canada, including those who currently do not need a visa, now need to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorisation or eTA. Exceptions include travellers with a valid Canadian visa. The leniency period that allows travellers to board their flight without an eTA ends on November 9, 2016.You can apply for...read more

Peru/Ecuador: Ayahuasca tea

Reviewed: 31 August 2016, 18:18 NZST

In some South American countries, especially Peru and Ecuador, 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 influence of the ha...read more

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