There are ongoing political protests in Honduras following the elections on 26 November 2017, some turning violent resulting in fatalities and casualties. Tensions are high and there have been numerous demonstrations and rallies in the capital Tegucigalpa as well as other urban centres such as San Pedro Sula. Demonstrations can be volatile and dangerous, and have included rock throwing, assaults, and tire burning. Rioting and looting have occurred in many cities throughout Honduras.
Wintery weather including heavy snow and ice is disrupting travel in the United Kingdom and parts of Northern Europe. Many national and international flights have been cancelled or delayed, as have some rail and ferry services. Several regions are experiencing power outages in some locations and schools have been closed due to the weather and cold temperatures.
Protests and demonstrations are expected to take place across Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, including at checkpoints. Unrest may occur in areas frequented by tourists, particularly in the Old City and East Jerusalem around sights of symbolic and historic significance. There is also a heightened risk of protests in other parts of the Middle East at this time.
We advise New Zealanders to remain vigilant, avoid all protests and demonstrations and follow the advice of local authorities, including on restriction of movement. Monitor local media to stay informed of developments.
Several major wildfires are currently affecting parts of Los Angeles, and the Governor of California has declared a state of emergency in Ventura County. Evacuation orders are in place in parts of Ventura and Los Angeles, some businesses and schools are closed and emergency shelters have been opened. Power outages and lack of cell phone coverage has been reported, and parts of the interstate 405 road has been closed. For further information please see the following links:
The holiday period in December and January is peak season for international air travel, and we wish all New Zealand travellers a safe trip over the summer. We have some advice for kiwi travellers to consider pre-departure:
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.
Due to recent law changes, the United States of America has new entry requirements when arriving into their territory, or travelling to Cuba from the US. These could impact your travel in the region.
Additional security questions at check-in
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.