An outbreak of Dengue fever is currently ongoing in the Solomon Islands. Dengue fever is a viral disease spread by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito and can cause significant side effects. Symptoms include high fever, headache, pain behind the eyes, joint pain, muscle and bone pain, rash and mild bleeding (e.g nose bleeds). A small proportion of dengue fever cases have a severe disease which can lead to shock or death.
Overseas travel is exciting, and we wish all New Zealand travellers a safe trip for the Christmas/New Year break. Here are some simple steps pre-departure that will help smooth your path:
SafeTravel provides information and advice to New Zealand nationals living or travelling overseas.
If you are a foreign national intending to travel or live in New Zealand you can find useful information about New Zealand on the New Zealand Travel website.
Kiwis heading for the Pacific this summer need to be prepared for the chance of a tropical cyclone disrupting their break.
The Pacific cyclone season runs from 1 November to 30 April and as many as 10 cyclones could occur in the region over this period.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokeswoman Lyndal Walker says it is important Kiwis travelling in the Pacific register their details with SafeTravel.
The Pacific cyclone season begins on 1 November and runs until 30 April. According to the New Zealand National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA) and the Meteorological Service of New Zealand (MetService), between 8-10 tropical cyclones are expected this season. At least 5-6 severe cyclones (category 3 or higher) are expected to occur across the South Pacific during this period. Category 5 strength cyclones are also known to occur during seasons like this one.
New Zealanders travelling to the Cook Islands should be aware of new helmet laws which have come into effect for international visitors.
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.
We have worked with Consumer NZ to help create a useful travel insurance guide for New Zealand travellers.
The guide helps you navigate the sometimes complex world of travel insurance. It provides timely and useful information on policy types, insurance coverage, personal liability and how to make a successful insurance claim if you get into difficulty while travelling.