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Europe: Internal border controls

Updated: 11 August 2016, 09:38 NZST

This advice is currently under review.    Please note that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade cannot provide definitive advice as to the ability of New Zealanders to enter or remain in the Schengen area in any specific case.  Border officials may adopt different interpretations of the rules or take into account other factors which might affect eligibility for entry.  For this reason we recommend that travellers co...read more

United States of America: 90 Day Visa Waiver and Zero Tolerance

Posted: 24 June 2016, 16:49 NZST

The policy of the United States of America with regard to all visa and overstaying violations is one of “zero tolerance”.  Even if a foreign national stays only one day beyond their visa expiry, this may lead to arrest.  If you are arrested in the USA this could result in imprisonment, deportation and prohibition of entry to the USA for up to 10 years New Zealand is one of the participating countries of the United States’ Visa Wa...read more

Need a visa for travelling overseas?

Updated: 8 June 2016, 12:15 NZST

New Zealanders travelling overseas may require a visa in order to enter certain countries. Please check with your travel agent or with the Embassy or High Commission of the countries you intend to visit/transit to find out their visa requirements as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is unable to advise on the visa requirements of other countries.   You should research visa requirements well in advance of your departure.&nb...read more

Indonesia: Warning against poisoning from alcohol drinks, including arak, containing methanol

Reviewed: 9 May 2016, 15:12 NZST

Cases of severe illness (including permanent blindness) and death have been reported in Indonesia following consumption of alcohol drinks adulterated with toxic chemicals, particularly methanol. These cases of poisoning were reported to have been as a result of the consumption of local spirits such as Arak (a rice-based spirit), and spirit-based drinks/cocktails, adulterated with or contaminated by toxic chemicals such as methanol. Travellers to ...read more

International surrogacy

Reviewed: 9 May 2016, 15:04 NZST

International surrogacy can be fraught with difficulty. Recent international media coverage has highlighted significant concerns for those considering travelling overseas for commercial surrogacy arrangements. It is extremely important to ensure that any child born as a result of a surrogacy arrangement overseas is able to exit that country lawfully, and enter and reside permanently in New Zealand, if that is the intention.  All Ne...read more

Adventure tourism and sports

Reviewed: 9 May 2016, 15:00 NZST

Many Kiwi travellers participate in adventure tourism and sports while overseas, from paragliding and bungy jumping to jet skiing and camel riding.  While these activities are bound to make your trip unforgettable, they have inherent risks. Making them memorable for the right reasons means considering safety precautions and travel insurance implications. Travellers should be aware that operators overseas may not have the same safety and mai...read more

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