Source: New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Safe Travel
Typhoon Mangkhut (‘Ompong’) is currently making its way towards the Philippines, Taiwan and Hong Kong, bringing heavy rain, storm surges and strong winds. Mangkhut is predicted to make landfall in the Philippines and Taiwan around Friday and reach Hong Kong by Saturday afternoon. The Philippines National Weather Bureau, Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau and the Hong Kong Observatory are issuing warnings and regular weather updates.
New Zealanders in the Philippines, Taiwan and Hong Kong are advised to stay away from the affected areas as advised by local authorities, and to follow their advice including evacuation orders. Seek suitable shelter. Visitors and tourists staying in travel accommodation should follow the guidance of their accommodation management and/or tour operators. Monitor the media to stay up to date with developments. It is generally considered sensible practice not to venture outdoors and remain well away from the sea during a typhoon. It is also important to keep family and friends in New Zealand updated on your welfare.
Contact your airline or travel agent directly to find out if travel has been disrupted. If your travel is disrupted, ensure you keep all receipts to support your travel insurance claim. New Zealanders in the Philippines, Taiwan and Hong Kong are advised to update their SafeTravel registration information or take this opportunity to register with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
New Zealanders in the area requiring consular assistance can contact the New Zealand embassy in the Philippines on +63 2 234 3800 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, the New Zealand Commerce and Industry Office Taipei on +886 2 2720 5228 or via email at email@example.com, or the New Zealand Consulate-General in Hong Kong on +852 2525 5044 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reviewed:13 Sep 2018, 09:45