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: 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: Hong Kong (China)

Aug 8 2019 4:30PM

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

We now 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: 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

Travel Advice: Venezuela

Jul 15 2019 2:30PM

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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 advisory advice level.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders do not travel to Venezuela due to ongoing high levels of violent crime, the potential for violent civil unrest, political uncertainty and shortages of food, medicine and other basic supplies.

There is a risk of kidnapping due to drug traffickers and illegal armed groups operating within 80 kilometres of the border with Colombia, particularly in the States of Zulia, Tachira and Apure.

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

Travel Advice: Saudi Arabia

Jul 10 2019 3:00PM

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

We now advise that New Zealanders avoid non-essential travel within 100 kilometres of the border with Yemen, including central Jizan and Abha International Airport, due to the potential for cross-border missile and drone attacks.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders: do not 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; avoid non-essential travel to Al Qatif governorate due to violent clashes between government forces and armed groups; and exercise increased caution elsewhere in Saudi Arabia due to the threat of terrorism.

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

Travel Advice: Japan

Jul 5 2019 2:00PM

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

There is some change to our advice levels. We continue to advise that New Zealanders do not travel to the areas near the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant designated by the Japanese Government as Areas under Evacuation Orders (as identified on the Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry website) due to the risk of radiation. We now advise that New Zealanders exercise normal safety and security precautions elsewhere in Japan.

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

Travel Advice: Austria

Jul 4 2019 10:30AM

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

There is some change to our advice level. We now advise that New Zealanders exercise normal safety and security precautions in Austria.

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

Travel Advice: Ghana

Jul 4 2019 10:30AM

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

We now advise that New Zealanders exercise increased caution around Bawku, Brong Ahafo, Cheriponi, Tamale municipality, Yendi district and the area around Bimbilla due to the potential for violent conflict, and exercise normal safety and security precautions elsewhere in Ghana.

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

Travel Advice: Russian Federation

Jul 2 2019 3:30PM

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

There are no changes to our travel advisory advice levels.

We continue to advise:

Do not travel to Chechnya, Dagestan, Ingushetia, Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachai-Cherkessia, Republic of North Ossetia and the south-east parts of Stavropol Krai in the North Caucasian Federal District. Terrorism, kidnapping and military activity in these areas presents a significant risk to security.

Do not travel within 10 kilometres of the border with the Ukrainian Donetsk and Lugansk Oblasts due to ongoing violent conflict and the volatile security situation.

Exercise increased caution elsewhere in Russia due to the threat of terrorism and crime.

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

Travel Advice: Greece

Jun 20 2019 1:00PM

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

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

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

Travel Advice: Italy

Jun 19 2019 11:30AM

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

There is no change to our travel advisory advice level.

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

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

Travel Advice: Brunei Darussalam

Jun 17 2019 12:30PM

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

We advise that New Zealanders exercise normal safety and security precautions in Brunei Darussalam.

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

Travel Advice: Sri Lanka

Jun 14 2019 3:30PM

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

We have lowered our level of advice.

We now advise New Zealanders to exercise increased caution in Sri Lanka due to the on-going threat of terrorism and violence.

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

Travel Advice: Uzbekistan

Jun 7 2019 1:30PM

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

There is no change to our travel advisory advice levels.

We continue to advise:

- Avoid non-essential travel to the areas bordering Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan (including the city of Andijan and the eastern region of the Ferghana Valley) due to the uncertain security situation and landmines.

- Exercise increased caution elsewhere in Uzbekistan due to the threat from terrorism and violent crime.

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