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A number of countries and territories are currently experiencing an active outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus).
There are now confirmed cases in New Zealand as well as Ireland. New Zealanders in Ireland requiring consular assistance may contact the New Zealand Embassy in Dublin on +353 1 567 7685 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note, the Embassy is operating reduced staffing levels and visits to the Embassy are strictly by appointment only.
The New Zealand Embassy recommends the following:
For NZ citizens in Ireland
- Read the country-specific information at Safetravel(external link)
- Register on www.safetravel.govt.nz (external link)(external link). Registrants will receive travel alerts as they are updated.
- Follow the advice of the Ministry of Health (external link)(external link) on how to stay safe. The Ministry of Health is closely monitoring the situation, both in NZ and globally.
- Check with airlines regarding any flight cancellations and/or restrictions on flying.
- Information on travel advisories for New Zealand for Irish citizens can also be found on the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs website(external link).
- Information on Ireland's response to COVID-19 can be found here(external link) and is updated regularly. There will also be updates on the websites for the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (external link)and the Health Service Executive(external link)
Kia Ora e hoa ma, dia dhaoibh a chairde
Last month we celebrated our first birthday in Ireland and were so honoured to be joined by the many friends we have made since cutting the ribbon on the Embassy in November 2018. It was also a chance to reflect on how the Kiwi-Irish relationship has grown over the year and the overwhelming we have received in Ireland in 2019, particularly in the wake of the sickening terrorist attack in Christchurch and the tragedy in Whakaari earlier this month.
We have been privileged to have three New Zealand Ministers visit since our doors opened, and also welcome Minister Humphreys and Minister Cannon to New Zealand in June. Special Irish-New Zealand stories have been told for the first time, trade and investment links have grown, and closer partnerships have been formed in so many areas – from agricultural cooperation to the Taoiseach being one of the first world leaders to join New Zealand-led efforts to counter terrorist and violent extremist content online through the Christchurch Call. Even a little sports diplomacy thrown in – or perhaps diplomacy in spite of the rugby and football score lines!
That’s just a very brief taster of some of the many highlights, with more great ideas and planning under way for 2020. But it also dawned on us that, despite being a small team, we are overdue in sharing a few more of these highlights with our friends and family. So in addition to following our feeds on Facebook (NZinIreland) and Twitter (@BradBurgessNZ), from every quarter starting this month we’ll begin telling a few Embassy stories, profile the great things kiwis are getting up to in Ireland, and alert you to upcoming community events.
We’d love to hear your ideas and feedback too. If you would like to send us your thoughts or simply add your email to the Embassy contact and Kia Ora Eire distribution lists, just drop us a line to email@example.com or message us on FB.
Nga manaakitanga, Is mise le meas
Brad Burgess, Ambassador, and all the New Zealand Embassy team
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