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Travelling with an Electronic Cigarette

Reviewed: 1 February 2018, 11:15 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

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

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

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

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

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