Adventure tourism and sports

Many Kiwi travellers participate in adventure tourism and sports while overseas, from paragliding and bungy jumping to jet skiing and camel riding. While these activities are bound to make your trip unforgettable, they have inherent risks. Making them memorable for the right reasons means considering safety precautions and travel insurance implications.


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Inter-country adoptions

Inter-country adoptions take time and money.  New Zealand is a contracting state to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-country Adoption. It is extremely important to seek independent legal advice and consult Child, Youth and Family before embarking on an inter-country adoption. You must ensure that any child adopted overseas by a New Zealander is able to lawfully exit the country they are in, and enter and reside permanently in New Zealand, if that is the intention.


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Health Information

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade liaises with the Ministry of Health to provide information on health issues for New Zealand travellers, including information on disease outbreaks and health precautions for travellers. 

For more information on travel health issues, please see our Health and Travel page. 


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Health Information

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade liaises with the Ministry of Health to provide information on health issues for New Zealand travellers, including information on disease outbreaks and health precautions for travellers. 

For more information on travel health issues, please see our Health and Travel page. 


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Europe: Internal border controls

As the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade does not issue visas it cannot provide definitive advice on the requirements to enter or exit countries within the Schengen area.  Border officials may adopt different interpretations of the rules or take into account other factors which might affect eligibility for entry.  For this reason we recommend that travellers consult in advance with their travel agent or the relevant EU/Schengen embassies of the countries they intend to visit or transit.


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South America: Ayahuasca tea

In some South American countries, especially Peru, Ecuador and Colombia, shamans and other individuals offer ‘spiritual cleansing’ rituals which involve serving Ayahuasca tea. This tea contains dimethyltryptamine (DMT), which is a hallucinogen. While not illegal, Ayahuasca tourism is not regulated and does present certain risks.  


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