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New Zealand to Require Electronic Travel Visa Starting October 1
New changes in New Zealand’s tourism and travel laws will make it more complicated for travelers from 60 visa waiver countries to visit the country.
Starting Oct. 1, New Zealand will start requiring tourists from any of the 60 visa waiver countries, which includes the United States and Canada, to apply for and obtain a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) visa.
The NZeTA visa, which was first launched in July, is expected to impact about 1.5 million international travelers a year who do not currently need visas.
Travelers will not need to go to an embassy or consulate to get the visa, instead, they’ll be asked to fill out an online application form that the eTA says only takes a few minutes to fill out and about 10 minutes to be processed.
The questions require applicants to enter some personal information such as full name, address, birthdate, and travel plans.
The visa costs NZ$12 (less than $8 USD and $11 CAD) to apply online and NZ$9 (less than $6 USD and $8 CAD) to apply via the NZeTA app.
The visa fee does not include New Zealand’s International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy, which is NX$35 and paid at the same time as the NZeTA.
Once approved, the NZeTA is valid for two years and can be used for multiple visits.
Vancouver International Airport has installed its first Mamava pod.
Vancouver International Airport has installed its first Mamava pod, providing mothers of young children with a private space for breastfeeding and pumping.
The 50 sq. ft. pod features dual grab bars, two benches, a charging outlet, USB port, shelf, mirror, and coat hook, as well as ceiling vents, an exhaust fan and occupancy-activated lighting.
The new Mamava pod can be found post-security near gate 77 in U.S. departures.
Parents can enter the pod using the free Mamava mobile app, available on iOS and Android, or by contacting YVR’s 24/7 Operations Centre.
FAA Bans Select MacBook Pro Laptops on Flights.
Like it did several years ago with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, the Federal Aviation Administration has banned certain MacBook Pro laptops from flights after Apple admitted some brands have batteries that could pose a fire risk.
The Apple brand includes some 15-inch MacBook Pros sold between September 2015 and February 2017.
All U.S. airlines have been notified.
The FAA is aware of the recalled batteries that are used in some Apple MacBook Pro laptops. In early July, airlines were alerted about the recall, the public were informed.
More information is provided on the FAA’s Packsafe website. You can also check your MacBook serial number.
The affected Apple laptops should not be taken on flights as cargo or in carry-ons.
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency followed suit earlier this month in issuing a warning about the MacBook Pro models, and four cargo operations airlines managed by Total Cargo Expertise also implemented a ban, according to an internal notice obtained by Bloomberg News.
Please note that the 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro laptop, sold between mid-2015 to February-2017 is prohibited onboard any U.S. carriers.
Apple said it was working quickly to rectify the problem.