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Mexico Earthquake

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck in Oaxaca (approximately 380 km from Mexico City) at 17:40 on 16  February 2018 (local time).  
An earthquake alert was issued in Mexico City. Local services, including transport, may be affected. If you’re in the area, you should follow the advice of the local authorities.
New Zealanders in Mexico requiring consular assistance should contact the New Zealand Embassy in Mexico City on +52 555283 9460 or mexduty@mfat.govt.nz.

South Africa: Western Cape Water Shortage

The Western Cape, including Cape Town, is experiencing a serious drought. The city of Cape Town is most severely affected and it has implemented water restrictions. Effective 1 February 2018, water restrictions of 50 litres per person per day apply. Water restrictions are in place to reduce demand and conserve water. The City of Cape Town has cautioned that more severe restrictions may be necessary.
 

Pacific Cyclone Season: 1 November to 30 April

The Pacific cyclone season begins on 1 November and runs until 30 April.

New Zealanders travelling to the Pacific are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Travellers who register can be warned if a major cyclone approaches and given advice on precautions to take. We can also make contact with you following a significant cyclone to check on your well-being.

Travelling with an Electronic Cigarette

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 import a prohibited item.