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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

New Zealanders with unpaid debts overseas

Posted: 15 March 2016, 16:34 NZDT

New Zealanders with unpaid debts overseas may be detained on arrival at the airport by the local authorities, including when in transit.  You may also find yourself prevented from departure until a debt is settled or a dispute is resolved.  This includes cases of outstanding accommodation bills from previous visits, medical fees, missed loan repayments, bounced cheques, and unresolved commercial and civil disputes.   We encour...read more

Medical tourism

Posted: 15 March 2016, 16:28 NZDT

It is important to consider your physical and mental health before travelling overseas, and this includes for the purpose of medical tourism. Many New Zealanders are tempted by the perceived prospect of cheaper and more immediate access to medical treatment overseas. New Zealanders are strongly advised to discuss any plans they have to travel overseas for a medical procedure with their local health practitioner well in advance of their trip, to ...read more

Travelling with a criminal conviction

Posted: 15 March 2016, 10:39 NZDT

Other countries' border control authorities may refuse entry to New Zealand citizens with a criminal record, in accordance with their regulations.   This may be regardless of the seriousness of the crime the New Zealander committed, or how much time has passed since the conviction occurred.  All New Zealand citizens with a criminal record are urged to consult with the relevant country's embassy or immigration authority to check tha...read more

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