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.

For travel advisories applying to Insurancesafe policies, visit here.


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: Ecuador

Oct 14 2019 4:30PM

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

We now advise New Zealanders to avoid non-essential travel to Ecuador due to violent civil unrest. This advice does not apply to the Galapagos Islands or to transit through Quito or Guayaquil Airports for onward travel to Galapagos. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.

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

Travel Advice: Slovakia

Oct 1 2019 11:30AM

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

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

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

Travel Advice: Cameroon

Sep 26 2019 4:30PM

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

We now advise do not travel to the Northwest and Southwest regions due to ongoing conflict and the volatile security situation.

We continue to advise:

- do not travel to the Far North region due to the threat from terrorism, kidnapping and armed banditry.

- do not travel to the Bakassi Peninsula region and within 40 kilometres of the borders with the Central African Republic, Chad and Nigeria’s Adamawa state. Armed bandits are known to operate in these areas and there is the potential for crossborder attacks and kidnappings.

- avoid non-essential travel in the North and Adamaoua regions due to the threat from terrorism and kidnapping and we advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel.

- exercise increased caution elsewhere in Cameroon due to violent crime, carjackings and piracy (in coastal areas).

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

Travel Advice: Tunisia

Sep 18 2019 4:00PM

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

There is no change to our travel advisory advice levels.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders:

- do not travel to the Chaambi Mountains National Park, including the town of Kasserine, near the border with Algeria due to ongoing armed conflict between Tunisian security forces and militant groups;

- do not travel within 30 kilometres of the border with Algeria, in the military zone south of the towns of El Borma and Dhehiba, and within 50 kilometres of the border with Libya, including the town of Ben Guerdane, due to the threat of terrorism, kidnapping and the presence of armed groups;

- avoid non-essential travel to the south of and including the towns of Nefta, Douz, Médenine and Zarzis due to the threat of terrorism and kidnapping;

- exercise increased caution elsewhere in Tunisia due to the threat of terrorism and civil unrest.

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

Travel Advice: Uganda

Sep 16 2019 12:00PM

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

There are some changes to our travel advisory advice levels.

We now advise that New Zealanders:

- exercise increased caution to the Karamoja region in north-eastern Uganda due to the threat of banditry, violent crime and armed clashes;

- exercise increased caution within 30 kilometres of the border with South Sudan due to the threat of banditry and other violent crime.

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

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

Travel Advice: Albania

Sep 13 2019 10:00AM

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

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

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

Travel Advice: Hong Kong (China)

Sep 6 2019 3:30PM

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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Hong Kong (China).

We have updated our civil unrest section. Our level of advice has not changed: we continue to advise that New Zealanders exercise increased caution in Hong Kong due to civil unrest.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/hong-kong-china

Travel Advice: United Arab Emirates

Sep 6 2019 11:00AM

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

There is no change to our travel advisory advice level.

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

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

Travel Advice: Bolivia

Aug 28 2019 2:00PM

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

There is no change to our travel advisory advice level.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders exercise increased caution in Bolivia due to the potential for civil unrest and violent crime.

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

Travel Advice: Egypt

Aug 28 2019 11:30AM

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

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has made a factual update to its Egypt advisory to include the following information:

“On 4 August 2019, at least 20 people were killed by a car bomb near central Cairo’s Manial district.”

There are no other substantive changes to the advisory.

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

Travel Advice: Luxembourg

Aug 12 2019 3:00PM

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

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

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

Travel Advice: South Korea

Aug 1 2019 3:30PM

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

We continue to advise that New Zealanders exercise increased caution in South Korea due to heightened tensions in the region.

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

Travel Advice: Vanuatu

Aug 1 2019 12:00PM

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

There is one change to our travel advisory advice levels, where we have lowered the advice level for Ambae Island.

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

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

Travel Advice: Germany

Aug 1 2019 10:00AM

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

There is no change to our travel advisory advice level.

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

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

Travel Advice: Tonga

Jul 31 2019 2:30PM

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

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

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

Travel Advice: Indonesia

Jul 30 2019 3:30PM

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

There is one change to our travel advisory advice levels, where we have lowered the advice level for Sulawesi.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders avoid non-essential travel to Papua and West Papua provinces due to civil unrest and the risk of kidnapping.

Elsewhere in Indonesia, we continue to advise exercising increased caution including in Jakarta, Surabaya, Sulawesi and on Bali, due to the ongoing threat of terrorism.

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

Travel Advice: South Africa

Jul 25 2019 11:30AM

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

There is no change to our advice level.

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

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