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New Language for Travel Advisories

We have changed the language we use within our travel advisory levels categories, to make them more useful for New Zealanders travelling overseas.

The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade now uses a four level system to give advice in each of our travel advisories:

-   Exercise normal safety and security precautions

-   Exercise increased caution

-   Avoid non-essential travel

-   Do not travel

Europe: Heatwave

Warm weather producing record high temperatures of over 45 degrees celcius is affecting Spain, Portugal, Greece and other parts of southern Europe. This heatwave heightens the threat of forest fires, and sunstroke.

The Meteoalarm website has issued several red weather warnings for extreme temperatures in southern parts of Portugal, Badajoz province in Spain, areas of Switzerland and Croatia. For the most up to date information about weather warnings, please see the Meteoalarm website.

Indonesia: Lombok: 6.9 Magnitude Earthquake

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.9 struck eastern Lombok (Nusa Tenggara province), at 6.47pm local time on 5 August 2018. Reports indicate that over 90 people have died, and there are over 200 severely injured although these numbers are likely to rise. Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency reported the initial epicentre at 50km north-east of the city of Mataram (the capital of West Nusa Tenggara province) where there has been significant damage to buildings and power cuts.

Saudi Arabia: Hajj Pilgrimage 2018

Over 2 million Muslim pilgrims are expected to visit Mecca to perform the Hajj from 19 to 24 August 2018.

As there is an ongoing threat of terrorism in Saudi Arabia, New Zealanders considering making the pilgrimage are advised to read our travel advisory for Saudi Arabia. If you decide to travel, we recommend registering your details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and ensuring you have comprehensive insurance coverage before you go.

Nicaragua: Civil Unrest

There has been a prolonged period of political unrest and street violence in many areas in Nicaragua since mid-April 2018. This has involved the use of tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition, causing many serious casualties and fatalities. There is potential for further violence and disorder – marches and demonstrations continue, particularly in and around Managua and Masaya. Major transport routes are frequently blocked, including land borders, and crime has increased significantly since the protests began, resulting in looting and food shortages.