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Nicaragua: Civil Unrest

Violent protests are occurring throughout Nicaragua, particularly in Managua, Masaya, Leon and Esteli. These started on 18 April 2018. Street violence has involved tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition, resulting in many serious injuries and at least 10 fatalities. Some Government buildings have been damaged, and troops have been deployed in several cities.

Turkey: Anzac Day 2018

Anzac Day 2018 commemorations in Gallipoli, Turkey
On Anzac Day 2018, we will commemorate the Anzac landings in Gallipoli.

There is no ballot for the 2018 Anzac Day services at Gallipoli but attendees will require an attendance pass (which can be obtained by prior registration from the Overseas Commemorations website). Anyone wishing to attend the Dawn Service can do so regardless of nationality. The New Zealand Service at Chunuk Bair is also open to all nationalities.

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.