New Zealanders in the Caribbean should be aware that Hurricane Irma is expected to make landfall as a Category 4 hurricane in the Leeward Islands before 6 September 2017. 

For further information see the US National Hurricane Center (external link).

The Government of Antigua and Barbuda has issued warnings and precautions for residents of Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, and St Kitts and Nevis. The Government of the Netherlands has issued warnings and precautions for residents of Saba, St Eustatius, and Sint Maarten. The Government of France has issued warnings and precautions for residents of St Martin and Saint Barthelemy. Emergency Services and other authorities have been placed on alert.

New Zealanders in the Leeward Islands are advised to follow the advice of the local authorities at all times (including any evacuation orders) and seek suitable shelter.  Visitors and tourists staying in travel accommodation should follow the guidance of the accommodation management and/or tour operators.  It is generally considered sensible practice not to venture outdoors and remain well away from the sea. 

New Zealanders in the Leeward Islands are advised to update their registration information (external link) or take this opportunity to register with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (external link).  It is also important to keep family and friends in New Zealand updated on your welfare.

New Zealanders in the Leeward Islands requiring urgent consular assistance may contact the New Zealand High Commission in Barbados on +12466227800 or after hours on +12462317356.