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Safe Travel Advisory

The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) posts regular updates on the potential risks of travelling to certain countries or regions. The warning can increase and decrease as the situation changes in that country. MFAT ensure this is updated regularly. We strongly consider MFAT’s advice in our decision on whether a region is covered under each policy. It is advisable to check the notifications below, or visit the Safe Travel site to determine the risk level to your chosen destination before you book.


Extreme risk:

MFAT advise against all travel.

High risk:

Avoid all tourist and non-essential travel.

Some risk:

Signifies a level of risk that warrants caution.


For destinations which are not subject to an MFAT risk level we recommend you apply common sense when travelling as you would at home.
If you are unsure if you are covered due to a Safe Travel advisory, refer to your policy wording or call us on 0800 486 004 or outside NZ +64 9 488 1638. 


Travel Advice: Guinea

Sep 19 2018 11:30AM

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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Guinea.

There is no change to our travel advice levels.

We continue to advise New Zealanders to avoid non-essential travel to the border regions with Sierra Leone, Liberia and the Ivory Coast due to cross-border military activity and the threat of banditry.

We advise exercising increased caution elsewhere in Guinea due to violent crime and the potential for civil unrest.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/guinea

Travel Advice: Venezuela

Sep 18 2018 2:00PM

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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Venezuela.

There is no change to our travel advice levels.

We continue to advise New Zealanders not to travel within 80 kilometres of the border with Colombia, particularly in the states of Zulia, Tachira and Apure. Drug traffickers and illegal armed groups operate in the area, and there is a risk of kidnapping.

We also continue to advise avoiding non-essential travel elsewhere in Venezuela due to high levels of violent crime, the potential for violent civil unrest, political uncertainty and shortages of food and medicine.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/venezuela

Travel Advice: Kosovo

Sep 14 2018 5:30PM

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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Kosovo.

The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has conducted a routine review of its travel advisory for Kosovo.

There is no change to our travel advice levels.

We continue to advise New Zealanders to avoid non-essential travel to North Mitrovica and the northern municipalities of Leposavic, Zubin Potok and Zvecan due to politically-motivated violence and civil unrest, and to exercise increased caution elsewhere in Kosovo due to the potential for civil unrest.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/kosovo

Travel Advice: Cote D'Ivoire/Ivory Coast

Sep 13 2018 3:00PM

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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Cote D'Ivoire/Ivory Coast.

There is no change to our advice levels. We continue to advise New Zealanders to avoid non-essential travel within 20km of the border with Liberia due to the presence of armed groups and potential for cross-border attacks, and to exercise increased caution elsewhere in Cote d'Ivoire due to terrorism, violent crime and potential civil unrest.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/cote-divoireivory-coast

Travel Advice: Rwanda

Sep 12 2018 4:30PM

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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Rwanda.

There is no change to our travel advice levels.

We continue to advise New Zealanders to avoid non-essential travel to Rwanda's borders with the DRC and Burundi due to security concerns, and advise exercising increased caution elsewhere in Rwanda.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/rwanda

Travel Advice: The Netherlands

Sep 10 2018 10:30AM

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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for The Netherlands.

On 28 August 2018, two foreign tourists were seriously injured in a knife attack at Amsterdam Central Station. The perpetrator had terrorist motives.

We continue to advise New Zealanders to exercise increased caution in the Netherlands due to the threat of terrorism. Keep informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media and other local information sources. Be aware of your surroundings in public and follow any instructions issued by local authorities.

New Zealanders in the Netherlands requiring consular assistance can contact the New Zealand Embassy in the Netherlands on +31 70 346 9324 or via email at Hague.Info@mfat.govt.nz.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/netherlands

Travel Advice: Iraq

Aug 31 2018 11:00AM

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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Iraq.

We now advise avoiding non-essential travel to Erbil and Sulimaniyah cities due to the volatile and unpredictable security and political environment.

Elsewhere in Iraq, we continue to advise New Zealanders not to travel due to the volatile and unpredictable security situation, the ongoing threat of terrorism, violent extremism and organised crime.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/iraq

Travel Advice: The Gambia

Aug 30 2018 6:00PM

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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for The Gambia.

There are no changes to our travel advice level.

We continue to advise New Zealanders to exercise increased caution in The Gambia due to the potential for civil unrest.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/gambia

Travel Advice: United Arab Emirates

Aug 29 2018 4:00PM

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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for United Arab Emirates.

Our travel advice level has not changed.

We continue to advise New Zealanders to exercise increased caution in the United Arab Emirates due to the threat from terrorism.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/united-arab-emirates

Travel Advice: Mali

Aug 29 2018 4:00PM

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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Mali.

There are no changes to our travel advice level.

We continue to advise New Zealanders not to travel to Mali, due to the unpredictable security situation, the threat of terrorism and risk of kidnapping and armed banditry.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/mali

Travel Advice: Georgia

Aug 28 2018 4:30PM

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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Georgia.

There are no changes to our travel advice levels.

We continue to advise New Zealanders not to travel to the regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia and the areas near the administrative boundary lines, due to terrorist and criminal activity and unexploded mines and ordnance.

Elsewhere in Georgia we continue to advise exercising normal safety and security precautions due to the potential for civil unrest and underlying threat of terrorism.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/georgia

Travel Advice: Sudan

Aug 23 2018 5:00PM

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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Sudan.

There is no change to our travel advice level.

Our advice remains do not travel in the following areas: the Darfur region, the Red Sea State border with Eritrea, the Abyei region, Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states, areas of Northern Kordofan and White Nile states south of the Kosti-El Obeid-En Nahud road, or within 50 kilometres of the border with Libya. This is due to the threat of armed conflict and terrorism and the high level of violent crime, including kidnapping.

Our advice remains avoid non-essential travel to the rest of Sudan due to the threat of terrorism, kidnapping, violent crime, and the potential for violent civil unrest.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/sudan

Travel Advice: Chile

Aug 23 2018 2:00PM

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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Chile.

There is no change to our travel advice level.

We continue to advise exercising increased caution in Chile.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/chile

Travel Advice: New Caledonia

Aug 22 2018 6:00PM

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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for New Caledonia.

There is no change to our travel advice level.

We continue to advise exercising normal safety and security precautions in New Caledonia.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/new-caledonia

Travel Advice: Bangladesh

Aug 22 2018 5:30PM

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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Bangladesh.

There is no change to our travel advice level.

We continue to advise avoiding non-essential travel to Bangladesh due to the heightened threat of terrorism and uncertain security situation.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/bangladesh

Travel Advice: Solomon Islands

Aug 22 2018 5:00PM

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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Solomon Islands.

There is no change to our travel advice level.

We continue to advise exercising normal safety and security precautions in Solomon Islands.


Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/solomon-islands

Travel Advice: Panama

Aug 10 2018 9:00AM

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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Panama.

Our travel advisory risk levels have not changed.

We continue to advise against all travel to the Darien Gap, south of the town of Yaviza, including Darien National Park, nature reserves and tourist resorts due to violent crime and the presence of drug traffickers and armed guerrilla forces (Extreme risk).

Elsewhere in Panama we advise caution due to criminal activity and the potential for civil unrest (Some risk).

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/panama

Travel Advice: Indonesia

Aug 7 2018 4:00PM

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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Indonesia.

This advisory has been updated following the 6.9 magnitude earthquake in Lombok on 5 August 2018.

We have upgraded our travel advisory risk level for Lombok and the Gili islands.

We now advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to Lombok and the Gili islands (Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air) as there is a risk of aftershocks, damage to local infrastructure and disruptions to essential services including power and transportation (High risk).

We continue to advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel in in Papua and West Papua provinces due to civil unrest and the risk of kidnapping (High risk).

Elsewhere in Indonesia, including in Jakarta, Surabaya and Bali, we advise caution due to the ongoing threat of terrorism (Some risk).



For further information and advice about the situation after the earthquake, please read our news feature on the SafeTravel website.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/indonesia

Travel Advice: Guinea-Bissau

Jul 20 2018 5:30PM

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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Guinea-Bissau.

Our travel advisory risk levels have not changed.

We continue to advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel in the northwest part of the country that borders the Casamance region in Senegal due to the presence of armed rebel groups (High risk).

Elsewhere in Guinea-Bissau we continue to advise caution due to political instability (Some risk).

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/guinea-bissau

Travel Advice: Cuba

Jul 20 2018 3:30PM

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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Cuba.

Our travel advisory risk level has not changed.

We continue to advise that there are no significant security risks associated with travel to Cuba but normal safety and security measures should be taken to ensure personal safety.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/cuba

Travel Advice: Norway

Jul 19 2018 3:30PM

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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Norway.

Our travel advisory risk level has not changed.

We continue to advise caution in Norway due to the threat of terrorism (Some risk).


Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/norway

Travel Advice: Sweden

Jul 17 2018 5:00PM

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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Sweden.

Our travel advisory risk level has not changed.

We continue to advise caution in Sweden due to the threat of terrorism (Some risk).

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/sweden

Travel Advice: North Korea

Jul 17 2018 11:30AM

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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for North Korea.

Our travel advisory risk level has not changed.

We continue to advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to North Korea due to extensive restrictions placed on foreigners and an uncertain security situation that can change with very little warning (High risk).

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/north-korea

Travel Advice: Poland

Jul 16 2018 5:00PM

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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Poland.

Our travel advisory risk level has not changed.

We continue to advise that there are no significant security concerns in Poland, however normal safety and security precautions should be taken to ensure personal safety.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/poland

Travel Advice: Burundi

Jul 16 2018 1:00PM

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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Burundi.

There is no change to our travel advisory risk level.

We continue to advise against all travel to Burundi due to the unpredictable security situation, potential for violent civil unrest, threat of terrorism and violent crime (Extreme risk).


Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/burundi

Travel Advice: The Republic of the Congo

Jul 13 2018 5:00PM

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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for The Republic of the Congo.

Our travel advisory risk levels have not changed.

We advise against all travel to Likouala and within 50 kilometres of the border with the Central African Republic. This is due to the uncertain security situation, high levels of crime and the large presence of displaced people (Extreme risk).

We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to the Pool department due to the threat of armed banditry and rebel activity (High risk).

We advise caution elsewhere in the Republic of the Congo due to violent crime and ongoing insecurity in some neighbouring countries (Some risk).




Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/republic-congo

Travel Advice: Timor-Leste

Jul 13 2018 5:00PM

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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Timor-Leste.

Our travel advisory risk level has not changed.

We continue to advise caution in Timor-Leste due to violent crime and isolated incidents of civil unrest (Some risk).


Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/timor-leste

Travel Advice: Morocco

Jul 13 2018 3:05PM

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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Morocco.

There is no change to our travel advisory risk level.

We continue to advise against all travel to Western Sahara within 30 kilometres north and west of the Berm and all areas south and east of the Berm due to the threat posed by unexploded landmines. (Extreme risk)

We continue to advise caution in Morocco and elsewhere in Western Sahara due to the threat of terrorism. (Some risk)

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/morocco

Travel Advice: El Salvador

Jul 11 2018 5:00PM

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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for El Salvador.

Our travel advisory risk level has not changed.

We continue to advise caution in El Salvador due to violent crime (Some risk).


Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/el-salvador

Travel Advice: Costa Rica

Jun 26 2018 9:30AM

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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Costa Rica.

Our travel advisory risk level has not changed.

We continue to advise caution in Costa Rica due to violent crime (Some risk).

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/costa-rica

Travel Advice: Papua New Guinea

Jun 25 2018 3:00PM

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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Papua New Guinea.

Our travel advisory risk level for the Hela and Southern Highlands provinces has changed.

We now advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to the Hela and Southern Highlands provinces due to ongoing violent tribal clashes and post-election related unrest (High risk).

We continue to advise caution elsewhere in Papua New Guinea due to violent crime and the potential for civil unrest (Some risk).

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/papua-new-guinea