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: 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

Travel Advice: Philippines

Jun 19 2018 11:30AM

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

Our travel advisory risk levels have not changed.

We continue to advise against all travel to central and western Mindanao due to the very high threat of terrorist activity, kidnapping and violent clashes (Extreme risk).

We continue to advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel in the remaining provinces of Mindanao, due to the threat of terrorism, kidnapping and violent clashes (High risk).

Elsewhere in the Philippines, including in Manila, we continue to advise caution due to the threat of terrorism, risk of kidnapping and violent crime (Some risk).

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

Travel Advice: Colombia

Jun 18 2018 4:30PM

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

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

Our risk levels for different departments have changed.

We now advise against all travel in the border areas with Ecuador (except the border crossing at Ipiales), Panama (within Choco) and Venezuela and continue to advise against all travel in the cities of Buenaventura and Tumaco. This is due to high levels of criminal activity and the threat of kidnapping (Extreme risk).

We now advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel in various departments, including Choco (except Quibdo, Nuqui and Bahia Solano), Meta (except Villavicencio and Cano Cristales), and Narino (except the city of Pasto and the border crossing in Ipiales). This is due to the presence of illegal armed groups, and drug-related criminal activity (High risk).

Elsewhere in Colombia we continue to advise caution due to violent crime and the threat of terrorism (Some risk).

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

Travel Advice: Yemen

Jun 15 2018 5:00PM

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

Our travel advisory risk level has not changed.

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

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

Travel Advice: Cyprus

Jun 15 2018 12:30PM

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

We advise that there are no significant security concerns in Cyprus, 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/cyprus

Travel Advice: Ukraine

Jun 13 2018 6:00PM

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

Our travel advisory risk levels have not changed.

In Crimea and the Donetsk and Luhansk regions we continue to advise against all travel due to the ongoing violent conflict and volatile security situation (Extreme risk).

Elsewhere in Ukraine including Kyiv, we continue to advise caution due to the unpredictable security situation and potential for civil unrest (Some risk).

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

Travel Advice: Mozambique

Jun 11 2018 5:30PM

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

This advisory has been updated due to ongoing violent clashes in Cabo Delgado province in early June 2018.

Our travel advisory risk level for Cabo Delgado province has been upgraded.

We now advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel in Cabo Delgado province (High risk).

We continue to advise caution elsewhere in Mozambique due to violent crime and civil unrest (Some risk).

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

Travel Advice: Ethiopia

Jun 11 2018 10:30AM

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

This advisory has been updated due to the nation-wide State of Emergency being lifted on 5 June 2018.

Our travel advisory risk levels have not changed.

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 (excluding Addis Ababa) due to the threat of terrorism and the unpredictable security situation (High risk).

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

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

Travel Advice: Germany

May 22 2018 5:00PM

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

This travel advisory has been routinely reviewed. Our travel advisory risk level has not changed.

We continue to advise caution due to the threat of terrorism. (some risk)

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

Travel Advice: India

May 22 2018 2:00PM

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

Our travel advisory risk levels have not changed.

We continue to advise against all travel to Jammu, Kashmir, and the border with Pakistan due to the threat of terrorism and ongoing violence (Extreme risk).

We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to Manipur state, areas of Nagaland state that border Myanmar and areas of Assam state that border Bangladesh due to the threat of terrorism, violence and cross-border insurgency (High risk).

Elsewhere in India we advise caution, due to the continuing threat from terrorism (Some risk).

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

Travel Advice: South Africa

May 22 2018 11:30AM

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

Our travel advisory risk level has not changed.

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

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

Travel Advice: Central African Republic

May 22 2018 9:30AM

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

Our travel advisory risk level has not changed.

We continue to advise against all travel in the Central African Republic due to the unstable security situation, activities of armed rebel groups and the high level of violent crime (Extreme risk).

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

Travel Advice: Serbia

May 21 2018 5:30PM

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

Our travel advisory risk level has not changed.

There are no significant security risks associated with travel to Serbia, although 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/serbia

Travel Advice: Luxembourg

May 21 2018 5:00PM

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

Our travel advisory risk level has not changed.

There are no significant security concerns in Luxembourg, 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/luxembourg

Travel Advice: Eritrea

May 21 2018 4:30PM

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

Our travel advisory risk levels have not changed.

We continue to advise against all travel within 25 kilometres of the borders with Sudan, Ethiopia and Djibouti, due to ongoing tensions in Eritreas relations with these countries, the presence of landmines and the risk of violence, including armed banditry (Extreme risk).

Elsewhere in Eritrea, we continue to advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel due to the unpredictable security situation (High risk).


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

Travel Advice: Nicaragua

May 18 2018 5:30PM

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

This advisory has been reviewed due to continuing violent civil unrest.

Our travel advisory risk level has been upgraded.

We now advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to Nicaragua due to civil unrest and violent crime (High risk).

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

Travel Advice: Jordan

May 17 2018 11:00AM

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

Our travel advisory risk levels have not changed.

We continue to advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel near the borders with Syria and Iraq due to military activity and the uncertain security situation (High risk).

Elsewhere in Jordan, we continue to advise caution due to the threat of terrorism and civil unrest (Some risk).

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

Travel Advice: Guatemala

May 17 2018 10:00AM

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

Our travel advisory risk level has not changed.

We continue advise caution in Guatemala due to violent crime and civil unrest (Some risk).

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

Travel Advice: Indonesia

May 15 2018 3:00PM

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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 to include information about explosions in Surabaya on 13 and 14 May 2018.

Our travel advisory risk levels have not changed.

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).

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

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

Travel Advice: Djibouti

May 9 2018 4:30PM

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

Our travel advisory risk levels have not changed.

We continue advise against all travel in the border area with Eritrea due to a long-running border dispute (Extreme risk).

Elsewhere in Djibouti, we advise caution due to the threat from terrorism (Some risk).

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

Travel Advice: Angola

May 9 2018 4:00PM

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

Our travel advisory risk levels have not changed.

We continue advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel in the provinces of Cabinda, North Lunda and South Lunda due to violent crime, banditry and kidnapping (High risk).

Elsewhere in Angola, we advise caution due to violent crime (Some risk).

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

Travel Advice: Chad

May 3 2018 3:00PM

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

This advisory has been updated following a routine review.

We have downgraded our travel advisory risk level for some southern regions.

We now advise against all travel within 30 kilometres of all international borders and in the Borkou, Ennedi, Kanem, Lac, Ouaddai, Sila, Tibesti and Wadi Fira regions. This is due to the threat of terrorism and kidnapping, the presence of armed militants and the unpredictable security situation (Extreme risk).

Elsewhere in Chad, including in the capital N'Djamena we advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel due to the threat of terrorism, the potential for violent civil unrest and violent crime (High risk).

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

Travel Advice: Viet Nam

May 3 2018 12:00PM

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

Our travel advisory risk level has not changed.

We continue to advise that there are no significant security risks associated with travel to Viet Nam, but normal safety and security measures should be taken to ensure personal safety (No risk).

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

Travel Advice: Thailand

May 2 2018 4:00PM

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

Our travel advisory risk levels have not changed.

We continue to advise against all travel to the southernmost provinces of Narathiwat, Yala, Pattani and Songkhla due to ongoing politically-motivated and criminal violence (Extreme risk).

Elsewhere in Thailand we continue to advise caution 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/thailand

Travel Advice: Vanuatu

Apr 27 2018 3:30PM

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

This advisory has been updated to include information about the active volcano and state of emergency on Ambae island.

We now advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to Ambae island due to volcanic activity (High risk).

Elsewhere in Vanuatu we continue to advise that normal safety and security measures should be taken to ensure personal safety (No risk).

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

Travel Advice: Slovakia

Apr 27 2018 11:00AM

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

The advisory includes further information and advice about petty crime and civil unrest.

Our travel advisory risk level has not changed.

We continue to advise that there are no significant security concerns in the Slovak Republic (No risk).

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

Travel Advice: Albania

Apr 26 2018 5:30PM

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

The advisory includes further information and advice about civil unrest, protests and demonstrations.

Our travel advisory risk level has not changed.

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

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