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: Myanmar

Apr 29 2019 10:00AM

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

There is a change to our travel advisory advice levels.

We now advise that New Zealanders do not travel to the northern Rakhine State areas of Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Rathedaung and Paletwa township in southern Chin State due to ethnic tensions and the potential for armed conflict and violent civil unrest.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders:

- avoid non-essential travel along the borders with Laos, Thailand, India, Bangladesh and China and we advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel in the vicinity of these borders, including official border crossings. Military activity, ethnic militias, armed drug smugglers and the presence of landmines pose a particularly high risk to your safety;

- avoid non-essential travel to Kachin State (excluding Myitkyina), , northern Shan State due to ethnic tensions and the potential for armed conflict and violent civil unrest. We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to these areas;

- exercise increased caution elsewhere in Myanmar due to the readily changeable political situation and regular civil unrest.

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

Travel Advice: Sri Lanka

Apr 26 2019 5:00PM

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

We have included a section about terrorism and have reviewed the factual update to reflect more accurate information.

There is no change to our travel advice level.

We continue to advise against non-essential travel to Sri Lanka due to the ongoing threat of violence and the uncertain security situation.

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

Travel Advice: China

Apr 17 2019 3:30PM

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

There is no change to our travel advice levels.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders exercise increased caution in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region due to the potential for violent civil unrest, and exercise normal safety and security precautions elsewhere in China.

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

Travel Advice: Kenya

Apr 12 2019 4:00PM

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

There are no changes to our travel advisory advice levels.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders:

- do not travel to areas bordering Somalia due to the significant threat of terrorism, kidnapping and cross-border attacks. This includes Garissa county, Mandera county and with Somalia, including Kiwayu and coastal areas north of Pate Island;

- do not travel to the border areas with Ethiopia and South Sudan, with the exception of the A2 Highway and Moyale border crossing. Cross-border kidnapping and armed banditry make these border areas extremely unsafe;

- avoid non-essential travel along the A2 Highway north of Turbi and the Moyale border crossing due to sporadic civil unrest;

- avoid non-essential travel to Lamu county, coastal areas of Tana River and Kilifi counties north of Malindi due to the threat from terrorism and violent crime;

- avoid non-essential travel to the Eastleigh neighbourhood of Nairobi due to the threat from terrorism and violent crime;

- exercise increased caution elsewhere in Kenya due to the threat of terrorism and violent crime.

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

Travel Advice: Madagascar

Apr 8 2019 1:10PM

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

There is no change to our travel advisory advice levels.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders do not travel to Batterie Beach, north of Tuléar, due to violent crime.

Elsewhere in Madagascar we continue to advise exercising increased caution due to the uncertain political situation and violent crime.

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

Travel Advice: Bangladesh

Apr 5 2019 3:00PM

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

There is a change to our travel advisory advice level.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders avoid non-essential travel to Dhaka and the Chittagong Hill Tracts region due to the threat of terrorism and uncertain security situation.

Elsewhere in Bangladesh we now advise exercising increased caution due to the threat of terrorism and uncertain security situation.

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

Travel Advice: Brunei Darussalam

Apr 1 2019 9:30AM

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

We have made a factual update to our Brunei Darussalam advisory to include the following information:

“New Zealanders in Brunei Darussalam are strongly advised to familiarise themselves with and observe local law and customs, including shariah/syariah/sharia law. A non-exhaustive list of illegal activities under Syariah law includes blasphemy, sodomy, and adultery. Syariah law applies to Muslims, non-Muslims, and foreigners, and penalties can be very severe (including physical punishment and the death penalty).

Further information about the Syariah Penal Code can be found on Brunei Darussalam’s Attorney General’s Chambers website.”

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

Travel Advice: Trinidad and Tobago

Mar 27 2019 11:30AM

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

There is no change to our travel advice level.

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

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/trinidad-and-tobago

Travel Advice: Mexico

Mar 26 2019 4:03PM

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

• There is no change to our travel advice level, except for the state of Colima which we have increased to avoid non-essential travel.

• We continue to adviseNew Zealanders to exercise increased caution in Mexico due to violent crime.

• We advise New Zealanders to avoid non-essential travel to Chihuahua, Colima, Durango, Guerrero (except for the cities of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo and Taxco and the toll road to Taxco), Michoacán (except for the cities of Morelia and Lázaro Cardenas), Sinaloa, Sonora and Tamaulipas due to the high levels of violent crime in these regions.


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

Travel Advice: Egypt

Mar 8 2019 12:00PM

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

(resending due to technical issues experienced on 28 February 2019 - apologies if you have already received this update)

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

“On 19 February 2019, an individual detonated an explosive device in a neighbourhood near the Al Azhar mosque in Old Cairo, killing himself and three policemen, and injuring several others.”

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: Zimbabwe

Mar 5 2019 11:39AM

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

There is no change to our travel advisory advice level.

We continue to advise New Zealanders to exercise increased caution in Zimbabwe due to underlying political tension and high levels of crime.

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

Travel Advice: Solomon Islands

Feb 27 2019 1:30PM

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

There is a change to our travel advisory advice level.

We now advise that New Zealanders avoid non-essential travel to Rennell Island due to health and environmental risks associated with a heavy fuel oil spill in nearby Kangava Bay.

Elsewhere in the Solomon Islands we continue to advise exercising normal safety and security precautions.

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

Travel Advice: Ireland

Feb 26 2019 12:30PM

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

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

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

Travel Advice: Haiti

Feb 25 2019 4:00PM

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

We have increased our advice level.

We advise travellers to avoid non-essential travel to Haiti due to high levels of violent crime and civil unrest.

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