Insurance Safe

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: Kazakhstan

Jan 22 2019 3:30PM

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

There is no change to our travel advisory advice level.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders exercise increased caution in Kazakhstan due to terrorism and violent crime.

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

Travel Advice: Jamaica

Jan 18 2019 3:00PM

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

There is no change to our advice level.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders exercise increased caution in Jamaica due to violent crime.

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

Travel Advice: Chile

Jan 17 2019 12:00PM

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

We have made a factual update to the travel advisory for Chile to add further information about small scale bomb attacks in Santiago.

There are no other substantive changes to the advisory and we continue to advise New Zealanders to exercise increased caution in Chile due to the potential for violent civil unrest.

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

Travel Advice: Nepal

Jan 15 2019 11:30AM

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

There is no change to our travel advisory advice level.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders exercise increased caution in Nepal due to the potential for political rallies and protests to result in civil unrest.

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

Travel Advice: Denmark

Jan 14 2019 1:30PM

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

There is no change to our travel advisory advice level.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders exercise increased caution in Denmark due to the threat of terrorism.

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

Travel Advice: Kyrgyzstan

Dec 18 2018 4:00PM

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

There is no change to our travel advisory advice levels.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders:

- avoid non-essential travel to the Ferghana Valley and areas bordering Uzbekistan and Tajikistan due to the uncertain security situation and the presence of landmines. This includes the regions of Osh, Jalalabad and Batken.

- exercise increased caution elsewhere in Kyrgyzstan due to violent crime, terrorism and the potential for civil unrest.

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

Travel Advice: Kuwait

Dec 17 2018 3:00PM

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

We continue to advise exercising increased caution in Kuwait due to the threat of terrorism and potential for civil unrest.

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

Travel Advice: South Sudan

Dec 14 2018 12:00PM

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

There is no change to our travel advice level.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders do not travel to South Sudan due to ongoing armed conflict, civil unrest and violent crime.

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

Travel Advice: Tanzania

Dec 7 2018 12:30PM

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

There is no change to our travel advice level.

We continue to advise New Zealanders to exercise increased caution in Tanzania due to violent crime, the threat of terrorism and the potential for civil unrest.

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

Travel Advice: Somalia

Dec 3 2018 3:30PM

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

There is no change to our travel advisory advice level.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders do not travel to Somalia, including Somaliland. New Zealanders currently in Somalia are advised to leave. There is a significant threat from terrorism, kidnapping, armed conflict and a high level of violent crime throughout the country.

New Zealanders who decide to travel to Somalia against our advice should ensure that appropriate personal security protection measures are in place at all times. We strongly recommend you consult a reputable security company with experience in Somalia for advice on security arrangements. Security arrangements should be reviewed on a regular basis. Such measures may mitigate the risks to your safety but cannot eliminate them entirely. No part of Somalia can be considered safe. This includes large cities such as Mogadishu and Kismayo.

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

Travel Advice: Guam

Nov 30 2018 3:30PM

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

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

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

Travel Advice: Iran

Nov 29 2018 4:00PM

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

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has made a factual update to its travel advisory for Iran.

We have provided some additional wording under General travel advice regarding the following:

Change in currency conversion.

Dual nationality risks for New Zealand/Iranian passport holders.

Restrictions on transferring funds to pay for travel insurance claims/emergency medical treatment.

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

Travel Advice: Turkey

Nov 29 2018 2:00PM

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

There is some change to our advice levels.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders do not travel within 10 kilometres of the border with Syria due to the threat of terrorism, kidnapping and the potential for violence associated with the ongoing conflict in Syria, or to the city of Diyarbakir in south-east Turkey due to the risk of terrorism, civil unrest and the unpredictable security situation.

We also continue to advise that New Zealanders avoid non-essential travel to the provinces of Diyarbakir, Gaziantep, Hakkari, Hatay, Kilis, Mardin, Sanliurfa, Sirnak, Siirt, and Tunceli in south-east Turkey due to the unpredictable security situation and the threat of terrorism and kidnapping.

We now advise that New Zealanders exercise increased caution elsewhere in Turkey, including in Ankara and Istanbul, due to the heightened threat of terrorism and the potential for civil unrest.

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

Travel Advice: Malaysia

Nov 28 2018 1:30PM

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

There is no change to our travel advisory advice levels.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders avoid non-essential travel to coastal areas of eastern Sabah (from Kudat to Tawau, including Sandakan, Lahad Datu, Kunak and Semporna, including the offshore islands and dive sites) due to the risk of kidnapping.

Elsewhere in Malaysia we continue to advise exercising increased caution due to the threat of terrorism, crime and the potential for civil unrest and we advise caution.

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

Travel Advice: Algeria

Nov 26 2018 3:30PM

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

There is no change to our travel advisory advice levels, but we have increased the - Do not travel - within 30km of the border regions mentioned below, to 50km.

We advise do not travel within 50 kilometres of the border regions with Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Tunisia due to a heightened threat from terrorism and kidnapping.

We continue to advise avoiding non-essential travel to the mountainous region of Kabylie and the wilayas (provinces) of Annaba, Bechar, Biskra, El Bayadh, El Taref, Jijel, Khenchela, Laghouat, Skikda, Souk Ahras due to the threat of terrorism, banditry and kidnapping.

Elsewhere in Algeria we continue to advise exercising increased caution due to the potential for civil unrest and the threat of terrorism.

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

Travel Advice: Peru

Nov 26 2018 1:30PM

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

There is no change to our travel advice levels, but we have now included some additional advice under - Avoid non-essential travel.

We now advise that New Zealanders avoid non-essential travel to within 20 kilometres of the border with Colombia and Ecuador due to the presence of drug traffickers, the occasional presence of armed guerrilla forces, and landmines. Avoid crossing the border with Colombia by land.

Elsewhere in Peru we continue to advise exercising increased caution due to violent crime.

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

Travel Advice: Pakistan

Nov 26 2018 11:30AM

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

There is no change to our travel advisory advice levels, but we have now included some additional advice under - Do not travel.

We now advise that New Zealanders do not travel to the Federally-Administered Tribal Areas, Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), and border areas with Afghanistan and India (excluding the Wagah official border crossing point) due to the significant threat of terrorism, the risk of kidnapping and the unpredictable security situation. Any New Zealanders currently in these areas are advised to depart.

We continue to advise avoiding non-essential travel elsewhere in Pakistan due to the threat of terrorism, the risk of kidnapping, potential for civil unrest and the unpredictable security situation. New Zealanders in Pakistan with concerns for their safety should consider leaving the country.

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

Travel Advice: Libya

Nov 23 2018 2:30PM

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

There is no change to our travel advice level.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders do not travel to Libya due to ongoing conflict and the threat of terrorism and kidnapping. New Zealanders currently in Libya are strongly advised to depart immediately.

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

Travel Advice: United States of America

Nov 20 2018 4:00PM

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

There is no change to our advice level.

We continue to advise New Zealanders to exercise increased caution in the USA due to the threat of terrorism.

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

Travel Advice: Finland

Nov 15 2018 4:30PM

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

There is no change to our travel advice level.

We continue to advise New Zealanders to exercise normal safety and security precautions in Finland.

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

Travel Advice: Burkina Faso

Nov 9 2018 2:00PM

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

There is no change to our travel advisory advice levels, but we have now added Niger, Benin and Togo into the below advice:

Do not travel within 40 kilometres of the border with Mali, Niger, Benin, Togo, and in W National Park due to the threat of kidnapping, terrorism and armed banditry

We continue to advise that New Zealanders:

Do not travel to the areas north of the town of Boulsa due to the threat of kidnapping, terrorism and armed banditry.

Avoid non-essential travel elsewhere in Burkina Faso due to the threat of terrorism, kidnapping, armed banditry and the potential for civil unrest.

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

Travel Advice: Senegal

Nov 7 2018 3:30PM

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

There is no change to our travel advisory advice levels.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders avoid non-essential travel to the Casamance region, except for Cap Skirring, Zinguinchor and the main road connecting these two cities due to armed banditry and clashes between separatist groups and the Senegalese army.

Elsewhere in Senegal we continue to advise exercising increased caution due to terrorism and crime.

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

Travel Advice: Spain

Nov 6 2018 5:00PM

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

There is no change to our travel advice level.

We continue to advise New Zealanders to exercise increased caution in Spain due to the ongoing threat of terrorism.

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

Travel Advice: Syria

Nov 2 2018 1:00PM

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

There is no change to our advisory level.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders do not travel to Syria due to the ongoing civil war and extremely dangerous security situation.

There is a significant risk of violence and kidnapping throughout Syria. A number of foreign nationals have been targeted and some have been murdered.

We strongly recommend any New Zealanders currently in Syria depart immediately or as soon as it is safe to do so. As there is no New Zealand diplomatic presence in Syria, the ability of the government to assist New Zealand citizens requiring consular assistance is severely limited.

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

Travel Advice: Niger

Nov 2 2018 11:00AM

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

There is no change to our travel advisory advice levels.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders do not travel outside the capital Niamey due to the threat of terrorism and kidnapping, the presence of armed militants and the unpredictable security situation.

We also continue to advise avoiding non-essential travel to Niamey due to the threat of kidnapping, violent crime and civil unrest.

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

Travel Advice: Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories

Nov 1 2018 5:00PM

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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Advice level changes

We now advise New Zealanders to avoid non-essential travel to the border of Israel and Gaza due to civil unrest, the risk of rocket fire and military operations; and

While we generally advise avoiding non-essential travel to the occupied Palestinian territory of the West Bank, we now advise exercising increased caution in East Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jericho and Ramallah.

Advice levels that are unchanged

We continue to advise that New Zealanders do not travel to the occupied Palestinian territory of Gaza, including the waters off Gaza, due to the unpredictable security situation, threat of kidnapping and potential for military operations, or to Shebaa Farms and Ghajjar or within 500 metres of the border with Lebanon, or the Blue Line, due to the risk of rocket fire, militant activity and military operations, or to all parts of the Golan Heights to the east of route 98, or to the border area with Syria, due to the possibility of rocket fire, militant activity and military operations.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders avoid non-essential travel to the occupied Palestinian territory of the West Bank, not including East Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jericho and Ramallah, due to the unpredictable security situation and the potential for violent civil unrest.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders exercise increased caution elsewhere in Israel due to the threat of terrorism and the potential for civil unrest.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/israel-and-occupied-palestinian-territories

Travel Advice: Belgium

Oct 30 2018 1:00PM

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

There is no change to our travel advisory advice level.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders exercise increased caution in Belgium due to the heightened and ongoing threat of terrorism.

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

Travel Advice: Indonesia

Oct 29 2018 8:07PM

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

We apologise for the re-send of this email, a correction is required as we have downgraded our advisory level for Lombok and the Gili Islands.

We now advise New Zealanders to exercise increased caution in Lombok and the Gili islands (Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air)

We continue to advise New Zealanders to avoid non-essential travel to Central Sulawesi, including the city of Palu, Donggala District, Sigi District and Parigi Moutong District due to damage from the recent earthquake, aftershocks and tsunami.

We continue to advise New Zealanders to exercise increased caution elsewhere in Indonesia, including in Jakarta, Surabaya and Bali, due to the on-going threat of terrorism.

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

Travel Advice: Democratic Republic of Congo

Oct 24 2018 2:30PM

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

There is no change to our advice levels.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders do not travel to eastern and north-eastern regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), including the provinces of Haut-Uele, Haut Lomami, Ituri, Kasai, Kasai Central, Kasai Oriental, Maniema, Tanganyika, North and South Kivu and within 50 kilometres of the border with the Central African Republic. This is due to the unstable security situation, ongoing armed conflict and violent crime.

Elsewhere in the DRC we continue to advise avoiding non-essential travel due to the potential for civil unrest and violent crime.

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