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2018 FIFA World Cup

The 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place in the Russian Federation from 14 June to 15 July 2018. There are 11 host cities across Russia. New Zealand football fans travelling to Russia to attend matches should be well prepared and have official tickets and fan IDs. These documents need to be kept safely with you at all times, along with your passport. You should be familiar with the requirements of the Russian authorities, including visitor registration within 24 hours and strict visa regulations, including departing Russia on or before 25 July 2018.

Guatemala: Fuego Volcano

On 3 June 2018, Fuego Volcano in Guatemala erupted, producing lava, ash and dangerous gases resulting in at least 60 fatalities and numerous casualties. Many people are still missing – the towns of El Rodeo and La Libertad are presumed to be worst affected. Those near the volcano have been advised to evacuate immediately.

We advise all New Zealanders to stay away from the affected areas, and to follow the advice of local authorities including evacuation orders. Monitor local media to stay up to date with developments.

Nicaragua: Civil Unrest

During April 2018 violent protests occured throughout Nicaragua, particularly in Managua, Masaya, Leon and Esteli. Street violence involved tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition, resulting in many serious injuries and at least 10 fatalities.

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.

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.