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: Spain

Aug 18 2017 5:00PM

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

This advisory has been updated following a terrorist attack in Barcelona.

There is no change to our travel advisory risk level.

We continue to advise caution throughout Spain due to the ongoing threat of terrorism.

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

Travel Advice: Guam

Aug 15 2017 4:00PM

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

The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has issued a travel advisory for Guam in response to a number of recent public enquiries.

There are no significant security risks in Guam but normal safety and security measures should be taken to ensure personal safety.

New Zealanders in Guam are advised to refer to the Guam Homeland Security website.

See our travel advisory for further information: https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/guam

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

Travel Advice: Libya

Aug 14 2017 12:30PM

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

This advisory has been routinely updated.

There is no change to our travel advisory risk level.

We continue to advise against all travel to Libya due to the ongoing conflict and the threat from terrorism and kidnapping (Extreme risk).

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

Travel Advice: Ethiopia

Aug 9 2017 4:30PM

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

We have lowered our risk level for Addis Ababa. We now advise caution in Addis Ababa due to the potential for violent crime, civil unrest and the threat of terrorism (Some risk).

We have lowered our risk level for Highway 80 and the Moyale border crossing along the Kenyan border. We now advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel due to the threat of terrorism and the unpredictable security situation (High risk).

We continue to advise against all travel to within 10 kilometres of the borders with Somalia, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan and Eritrea, the Danakil desert area and parts of the Somali and Gambella regions due to cross border tensions, the activities of armed militant groups, the risk of kidnapping and armed banditry and the presence of landmines (Extreme risk).

We continue to advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel elsewhere in Ethiopia (including Addis Ababa) due to the threat of terrorism and the unpredictable security situation (High risk).

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

Travel Advice: Saudi Arabia

Aug 3 2017 1:00PM

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

We have lowered the overall risk level for Saudi Arabia. We now advise caution in Saudi Arabia due to the threat of terrorism (Some risk). Higher levels apply in some areas.

We advise against all travel within 30 kilometres of the border with Yemen, including Najran and the southern and eastern areas of Jizan, due to the ongoing conflict in Yemen and the potential for cross-border missile attacks (Extreme risk).

We continue to advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel within 80 kilometres of the border with Yemen, including central Jizan, due to the potential for cross-border missile attacks, and within 10 kilometres of the border with Iraq due to the threat of terrorism (High risk).

We continue to advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel in the Al Qatif governorate due to violent clashes between government forces and armed groups (High risk).

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

Travel Advice: Cameroon

Aug 1 2017 3:30PM

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

There are no changes to our travel advisory risk levels.

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

Travel Advice: Kenya

Jul 25 2017 3:30PM

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

We no longer advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to Nairobi and Mombasa. We now advise caution in Nairobi and Mombasa due to the threat of terrorism and violent crime (Some risk).

We continue to advise against all travel to Garissa county, Mandera county, within 60 kilometres of the entire border with Somalia and within 30 kilometres of the border with Ethiopia and South Sudan, with the exception of the A2 Highway and Moyale border crossing (Extreme risk).

We continue to advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel along the A2 Highway north of Turbi and the Moyale border crossing, in Lamu county and coastal areas of Tana River and Kilifi counties north of Malindi (High risk).

We continue to advise caution elsewhere in Kenya due to the threat of terrorism and violent crime (Some risk).

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

Travel Advice: Haiti

Jul 24 2017 5:30PM

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

We continue to advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel in the Port-au-Prince districts of Carrefour, Cite Soleil, Martissant and Bel Air due to high levels of violent crime (High risk).

We continue to advise caution elsewhere in Haiti due to violent crime and political tensions (Some risk).

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

Travel Advice: Canada

Jul 24 2017 4:30PM

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

There are no changes to our travel advisory risk level.

We continue to advise that there are no significant security risks in Canada and 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/canada

Travel Advice: Pakistan

Jul 21 2017 12:00PM

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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 risk level. We continue to advise against all travel in the Federally-Administered Tribal Areas, Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), and border areas with India. Additionally, we continue to advise all tourist and other non-essential travel elsewhere in Pakistan.

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

Travel Advice: Zambia

Jul 19 2017 11:30AM

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

On 5 July 2017, the Zambian President issued a Preservation of Public Security declaration under Article 31 of the Constitution which allows for additional security measures to be implemented for a 90 day period. It is unclear what emergency measures will be introduced, at this stage. You should remain alert to changes by monitoring the media and local information sources and comply with any instructions given by local authorities.

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

Travel Advice: Egypt

Jul 18 2017 2:00PM

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

There are no changes to our travel advisory risk levels.

We continue to advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel in Egypt, including Siwa Oasis, due to the unpredictable political situation, civil unrest and threat of terrorism and kidnapping (High risk).

We continue to advise against all travel to the Governorate of North Sinai (including the Suez-Taba road) and within 50 kilometres of the border with Libya (with the exception of Siwa Oasis) due to the threat of terrorism, kidnapping and the presence of armed groups (Extreme risk).

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

Travel Advice: Tunisia

Jul 17 2017 2:00PM

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

We now advise against all travel within 30 kilometres of the border with Algeria (Extreme risk).

We continue to advise against all travel in the Chaambi Mountains National Park, in the military zone south of the towns of El Borma and Dhehiba, and within 50 kilometres of the border with Libya (Extreme risk).

We continue to advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel elsewhere in Tunisia (High risk).

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

Travel Advice: Australia

Jul 14 2017 2:00PM

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

The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has conducted a routine review of its travel advisory for Australia and reissued without amendment.

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

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

Travel Advice: Laos

Jul 11 2017 3:00PM

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

We no longer advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel on Road 13 between Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang and the "new road" between Kasi and Road 4. We now advise normal safety and security measures be taken along these roads.

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

Travel Advice: Algeria

Jun 29 2017 4:00PM

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

We have lowered our risk levels for some areas of Algeria.

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

Travel Advice: Belize

Jun 27 2017 4:30PM

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

We have reviewed our travel advice for Belize. We now advise caution in Belize due to the risk of violent crime (Some risk).

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

Travel Advice: North Korea

Jun 27 2017 3:00PM

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

We have increased our risk level for North Korea. We now advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to North Korea due to international tensions and extensive restrictions placed on foreigners (High risk).

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

Travel Advice: United Arab Emirates

Jun 26 2017 12:00PM

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

The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advisory for the United Arab Emirates to provide additional information on immigration restrictions imposed by other countries on residents in Qatar.

There is no change to our travel advisory risk level. We continue to advise caution in the United Arab Emirates due to the threat of terrorism.

See our travel advisory for further information: https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/united-arab-emirates

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

Travel Advice: Qatar

Jun 26 2017 11:30AM

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

The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advisory for Qatar to provide additional information on immigration restrictions imposed by other countries on residents in Qatar.

There is no change to our travel advisory risk level. We continue to advise caution in Qatar due to the threat of terrorism.

See our travel advisory for further information: www.safetravel.govt.nz/qatar


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

Travel Advice: Iran

Jun 23 2017 3:00PM

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

There is no change to our travel advisory risk level.

We continue to advise against all travel within 100km of the Afghanistan border; within 10km of the Iraq border and east of the line running from Bam to Jask close to the Pakistan Border due to the threat of terrorism and violent crime (Extreme risk). We continue to advise caution elsewhere in Iran due to the potential for civil unrest and the threat of terrorism (Some risk).

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

Travel Advice: Belgium

Jun 21 2017 5:30PM

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

This advisory has been updated following an attempted suicide attack in Brussels.

There is no change to our travel advisory risk level.

On 20 June 2017, there was an attempted suicide attack at Brussels Central train station which was contained by Belgium military personnel patrolling the area. The attacker reportedly had an improvised explosive device.

New Zealanders currently in Belgium are advised to keep themselves informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media and other local information sources. We recommend following any instructions issued by the local authorities. New Zealanders should exercise a high degree of vigilance in public places.

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

Travel Advice: Philippines

Jun 9 2017 5:00PM

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

This advisory has been updated due to the deteriorating security situation in Mindanao.

There is no change to our travel advisory risk level.

We encourage travellers to the Philippines, including Manila, to be security conscious at all times and remain vigilant in public places. You should monitor the media for potential threats to safety and security, and you should follow any instructions issued by the local authorities.

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

Travel Advice: Russian Federation

Jun 8 2017 10:30AM

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

This advisory has been updated due to a change in visa registration requirements for the duration of the Confederations Cup football tournament.

There is no change to our travel advisory risk level.

It is a requirement for all foreigners entering Russia with a Russian visa to register the visa on arrival if they are staying in Russia 7 days and more, public holidays and week-ends are excluded. However, for the period of the Confederations Cup football tournament to be held in Russia from 1 June until 12 July 2017, all foreigners arriving in Russia must now register no later than 24 hours after their arrival even if they are staying for less than 7 days excluding public holidays and week-ends. In normal circumstances hotels and hostels register travellers but please be aware that not all do. To register ask your hotel or hostel to complete this process otherwise it is necessary to contact the local Migration Office of Russian Internal Affairs.

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

Travel Advice: Bahrain

Jun 6 2017 5:00PM

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

This advisory has been updated due to the announcement that flights will be suspended between Qatar and Bahrain.

There is no change to our travel advisory risk level.

Bahrain has announced they plan to suspend all flights to and from the State of Qatar from 6 June 2017 until further notice. The State of Qatar has also announced they plan to suspend all flights to and from Bahrain.

New Zealanders travelling between Qatar and Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, or from New Zealand via Qatar to these destinations, are advised to contact their airline or travel agent to see if their booking(s) are affected and make alternative travel arrangements to reach their destination if necessary.

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

Travel Advice: United Kingdom

Jun 5 2017 1:00PM

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

This follows the attack in London on 3 June 2017.

There is no change to our travel advisory risk level. We continue to advise caution in the United Kingdom, due to the ongoing threat of terrorism (Some risk).

New Zealanders in the United Kingdom are advised to be vigilant, particularly in public places. Follow any instructions issued by local authorities and stay informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media and other local information sources. United Kingdom security personnel maintain an increased presence in public places as a precautionary measure.

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

Travel Advice: Georgia

Jun 1 2017 4:00PM

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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 advisory risk levels.

We continue to advise against all travel to the regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia and the areas immediately surrounding them (Extreme risk).

We continue to advise caution elsewhere in Georgia due to the potential for civil unrest and an underlying threat of terrorism (Some risk).

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

Travel Advice: Papua New Guinea

May 29 2017 6:00PM

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

Papua New Guinea national elections will be held in 2017 with polling open from 24 June 2017 until 8 July 2017. There is the potential for political activity and protests in the lead up to and around the election period, which could turn violent with little warning. This could happen anywhere in the country, with the Highlands region at particular risk. There is also potential for an increase in general violent crime, lawlessness and local or tribal fighting during this period.

There are no changes to our travel advisory risk level.

We continue to advise caution 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

Travel Advice: Azerbaijan

May 26 2017 2:30PM

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

There are no changes to our travel advisory risk levels.

We continue to advise against all travel to the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the surrounding military-occupied area due to political tension and the potential for armed conflict (Extreme risk).

We continue to advise caution elsewhere in Azerbaijan due to the potential for civil unrest (Some risk).

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

Travel Advice: Indonesia

May 25 2017 5:00PM

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

On 24 May 2017, a suspected suicide bombing at the Kampung Melayu bus terminal in East Jakarta killed three police officers and injured more than 10 other people.

There are no changes to our travel advisory risk levels.

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

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

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