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: 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

Travel Advice: Uganda

Apr 19 2018 3:00PM

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

- There is no change to the threat level for Karamoja region in north-eastern Uganda and 30 kilometres of the border with South Sudan due to the threat of banditry, violent crime and armed clashes. We advise against all travel to these areas. (Extreme Risk)



- The risk level for within 50 kilometres of the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been downgraded from High Risk to Some Risk. We now advise caution.



- We continue to advise caution for the rest of Uganda due to the threat of terrorism, crime and the potential for civil unrest. (Some Risk)


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

Travel Advice: Sri Lanka

Apr 18 2018 6:00PM

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

This advisory has been routinely reviewed.

There is no change to our risk levels.

We continue to advise that there are no significant security concerns in Sri Lanka, 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/sri-lanka

Travel Advice: South Korea

Apr 18 2018 4:30PM

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

The advisory now includes information and advice about petty crime and civil emergency exercises.

Our travel advisory risk level has not changed.

We continue to advise caution in South Korea due to heightened tensions in the region (Some risk).

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

Travel Advice: Philippines

Apr 18 2018 4:30PM

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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 to include information about the upcoming closure of Boracay Island on 26 April 2018.

There is no change to our risk levels.

We continue to advise against all travel to central and western Mindanao (Extreme risk).

We continue to advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to the remaining provinces in Mindanao (High risk).

We continue to advise caution elsewhere in the Philippines 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: Tonga

Apr 12 2018 10:30AM

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

This advisory has been reviewed after the risk level was temporarily upgraded in February due to Tropical Cyclone Gita.

We have now downgraded our risk level for Tonga to return it to the pre-cyclone level.

We now advise there are no significant security issues in Tonga, 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/tonga

Travel Advice: Austria

Mar 29 2018 12:00PM

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

The advisory now includes information and advice about the threat of petty crime in Austria.

Our travel advisory risk levels have not changed.

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

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

Travel Advice: Bolivia

Mar 29 2018 12:00PM

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

The advisory includes further information and advice around local laws and crime.

Our travel advisory risk levels have not changed.

We continue to advise caution in Bolivia due the potential for civil unrest and violent crime (Some risk).

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

Travel Advice: Turkey

Mar 8 2018 4:00PM

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

There are no changes to our travel advisory risk levels.

We continue to advise against all travel within 10 kilometres of the border with Syria due to the threat of terrorism and kidnapping and the potential for violence associated with the ongoing conflict in Syria. We continue to advise against all travel in the city of Diyarbakir, in south-east Turkey (Extreme risk).

We continue to advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel in Ankara and Istanbul due to the heightened threat of terrorism and potential for civil unrest (High risk).

We continue to advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel in the provinces of Batman, Bingol, Bitlis, Diyarbakir, Gaziantep, Hakkari, Hatay, Kilis, Mardin, Mus, Sanliurfa, Sirnak, Siirt, Tunceli and Van in south-east Turkey due to the unpredictable security situation and the threat of terrorism and kidnapping (High risk).

We continue to advise caution elsewhere in Turkey due to crime, the heightened threat of terrorism and the potential for civil unrest (Some risk).

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

Travel Advice: Brazil

Mar 2 2018 3:30PM

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

This advisory has been reviewed following the decree recently signed by President Temer giving the military the authority of control in Rio De Janeiro city and state.

Our travel advisory risk levels have not changed.

We continue to advise caution in Brazil due to violent crime (Some risk).

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

Travel Advice: Honduras

Feb 28 2018 5:00PM

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

This advisory has undergone a routine review.



Our travel advisory risk level has been downgraded from High Risk to Some Risk as levels of civil unrest have decreased.



We now advise caution in Honduras due to violent crime and the potential for civil unrest.

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

Travel Advice: Greece

Feb 27 2018 11:30AM

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

This advisory has undergone a routine review.

There is no change to our travel advisory risk level.

We continue to advise caution in Greece 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/greece