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Aviation security enhancements for flights to the United States and United Kingdom

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 government has provided maximum dimensions for electronic devices permitted in carry-on luggage (length: 16.0cm, width: 9.3cm, depth: 1.5cm).

United States of America: Changes to entry requirements

NOTE: The Executive Order detailed has not come into force. Derrick K. Watson, a federal judge in Hawaii, has issued a nationwide temporary restraining order against enforcement of the revised travel ban executive order. Our advice remains that any New Zealand’s who require advice on entry into the United States should contact the United States Embassy or Consulate General in New Zealand before travelling.

Brazil: Yellow Fever outbreak

Yellow fever is an acute viral disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes.  Infection with the yellow fever virus causes varying degrees of disease, from mild symptoms to severe illness with bleeding and jaundice. About 15% of people infected with yellow fever progress to a severe form of the illness, and half of those will die, as there is no cure for yellow fever.

South Africa: Withdrawal of Visa Exemption

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.

The Pacific: Dengue Fever outbreak

An outbreak of Dengue fever is currently ongoing in Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Fiji, American Samoa, Nauru and Palau. Dengue fever is a viral disease spread by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito and can cause significant symptoms. 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. 

Pacific Cyclone Season: Travel safely with SafeTravel

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.

Pacific Cyclone Season: 1 November to 30 April

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.

Thailand: Period of Royal Mourning

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.