New Zealand Embassy Manila, The Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan - update for New Zealanders

Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as typhoon Yolanda) struck the Philippines on 8 November 2013. The provinces of Samar and Leyte were particularly badly damaged by the typhoon, and there is a shortage of essential services and supplies in these areas. Please see the Philippines Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council website for further information on affected areas.

Due to the damage caused by the typhoon we are advising against all travel to the Eastern Visayas, which includes Leyte, Samar and Biliran islands (Extreme Risk). We are advising against all tourist and other non-essential travel to northern Iloilo, northern Capiz and northern Cebu (High Risk). Please see our travel advice for the Philippines for further information.

All New Zealanders in areas affected by the typhoon are advised to follow the advice of the local authorities and keep family and friends in New Zealand informed of their safety and well-being. Communications infrastructure has been damaged by the typhoon and it could take some time for communication lines to be restored in the worst affected areas – this may make contacting family members in the Philippines difficult.

If you have concerns about a New Zealand citizen family member in the Philippines, please try and make direct contact in the first instance and if you have ongoing concerns, please contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade:

  • 04 439 8000 (if calling from within New Zealand)
  • +64 4 439 8000 (if calling from outside New Zealand)

New Zealanders in the Philippines requiring consular assistance should contact the New Zealand Embassy in Manila on +63 2 891 5358.

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