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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) regularly posts updates regarding the potential risks of travelling to certain countries or regions. The warning and level thereof 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 by a Worldcare policy. It is advisable to check the notifications below, or click through to the Safe Travel site to determine the risk level to your chosen holiday destination before you book.

Extreme risk: MFAT advise against all travel. This is usually to areas where there is a perceived heightened threat to New Zealanders.
High risk: Avoid all tourist and non-essential travel.
Some risk: Signifies a level of risk and caution is advisable.
No risk: No advice is given to these countries, though normal common sense should be applied as you would at home.

If you are unsure if you are covered due to a Safe Travel advisory, please call us on 0800 553 550 or refer to the Policy Wording for more details.

Travel Advice: Egypt

Apr 27 2017 5:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Egypt.

In light of recent terrorist attacks against Coptic churches in Alexandria and Tanta, you should avoid all locations and festivals of religious significance.

There are no changes to the 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: Qatar

Apr 26 2017 6:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Qatar.

There are no changes to the travel advisory risk level.

We continue to advise caution in Qatar due to the threat from terrorism (Some risk).

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

Travel Advice: United Arab Emirates

Apr 26 2017 5:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for United Arab Emirates.

There are no changes to the travel advisory risk level.

We continue to advise caution in the United Arab Emirates due to the threat from terrorism (Some risk).

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

Travel Advice: Turkey

Apr 26 2017 3:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Turkey.

On 16 April 2017, a national referendum on a constitutional reform package was held. Political tensions following the referendum remain heightened. There is the potential for further political gatherings and demonstrations in relation to the referendum.

There are no changes to the travel advisory risk levels.

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

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

We continue to advise against all travel to within 10 kilometres of the border with Syria, and to the city of Diyarbakir (Extreme risk).

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

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

Travel Advice: Cote D'Ivoire/Ivory Coast

Apr 21 2017 3:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Cote D'Ivoire/Ivory Coast.

We no longer advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to the regions of Dix-Huit Montagnes, Haut-Sassandra, Moyen-Cavally and Bas-Sassandra. We now advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to within 20 kilometres of the border with Liberia (High risk).

We continue to advise caution elsewhere in Cote d'Ivoire due to terrorism, violent crime and the potential for civil unrest (Some risk).

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/cote-divoireivory-coast

Travel Advice: France

Apr 21 2017 1:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for France.

On 20 April 2017, a man killed a police officer and injured two other officers in a shooting near the Champs-Elysees before being killed by security forces.

There are no changes to our travel advisory risk level.

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

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

Travel Advice: Spain

Apr 18 2017 3:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Spain.

There are no changes to our travel advisory risk level.

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

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

Travel Advice: Philippines

Apr 13 2017 3:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Philippines.

On 11 and 12 April 2017 there were clashes between Philippine security forces and heavily armed members of the Abu Sayyaf Group in Inabanga, Bohol, resulting in casualties. If you are travelling to Central Visayas, we advise exercising vigilance and a high level of security awareness.

There are no changes to our travel advisory risk levels.

We continue to advise against all travel to central and western Mindanao, including the Autonomous Region in Muslim 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 elsewhere in Mindanao, including Davao City, due to the threat of terrorism, kidnapping and violent clashes (High risk).

We continue to advise caution elsewhere in the Philippines due to the 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: Fiji

Apr 12 2017 4:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Fiji.

There are no changes to our travel advisory risk level.

We continue to advise normal safety and security measures should be taken in Fiji to ensure personal safety.

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

Travel Advice: Ethiopia

Apr 10 2017 5:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Ethiopia.

There are no changes to our travel advisory risk levels.

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: Democratic Republic of Congo

Apr 10 2017 4:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Democratic Republic of Congo.

We now advise against all travel to the Kasai, Kasai Central and Kasai Oriental provinces due to the unstable security situation (Extreme risk).

We continue to advise against all travel to the eastern and north-eastern regions, Haut-Uele, Haut Lomami, Ituri, Maniema, Tanganyika, North and South Kivu and within 50 kilometres of the border with the Central African Republic (Extreme risk).

We continue to advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel elsewhere in the DRC due to the potential for civil unrest and violent crime (High risk).

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

Travel Advice: Sweden

Apr 10 2017 11:30AM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Sweden.

The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has updated its travel advisory for Sweden with updated information regarding the security incident on 7 April.

There are no changes to our travel advisory risk level.

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: Russian Federation

Apr 4 2017 7:00AM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Russian Federation.

On 3 April 2017, an explosion occurred on a train carriage travelling between Sennaya Ploshchad and Tekhnologichesky Institut metro stations in central St Petersburg. At least 9 people were killed and more than 20 injured.

There are no changes to our travel advisory risk levels.

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

We continue to advise against all 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 and within 10 kilometres of the border with the Ukrainian Donetsk and Lugansk Oblasts (Extreme risk).

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

Travel Advice: Zimbabwe

Mar 30 2017 2:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Zimbabwe.

There are no changes to our travel advisory risk level.

We continue to advise caution in Zimbabwe due to underlying political tension and high levels of crime (Some risk).

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

Travel Advice: Bangladesh

Mar 30 2017 2:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Bangladesh.

We have increased the overall risk level for Bangladesh. We now advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to Bangladesh due to the heightened threat of terrorism and uncertain security situation (High risk).

On 24 March 2017, a suicide bombing occurred at a checkpoint near Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka.

On 25 March 2017, two explosions in the north-eastern city of Sylhet during a counter-terrorism operation killed 6 people and injured more than 50 others.

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

Travel Advice: Mauritania

Mar 27 2017 5:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Mauritania.

We no longer advise against all travel to the provinces of Dakhlet-Nouadhibou and Inchiri. We now advise against all travel within 25 kilometres of the border with Western Sahara (Extreme risk) and against all tourist and other non-essential travel to the province of Inchiri (High risk).

We continue to advise against all travel to the provinces of Tiris Zemmour, Adrar, Tagant, Hodh ech Chargui, Hodh El Gharbi, Assaba, Guidimaka (with the exception of the Nouakchott to Nouadhibou corridor) (Extreme risk).

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

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

Travel Advice: Singapore

Mar 27 2017 4:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Singapore.

There are no changes to our travel advisory risk level.

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

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

Travel Advice: United Kingdom

Mar 23 2017 11:30AM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for United Kingdom.

On 22 March 2017, an alleged attacker drove a vehicle through pedestrians before stabbing a police officer near the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London. The attacker killed three people and injured a number of others before being shot by police.

There are no changes to our travel advisory risk level.

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

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

Travel Advice: Rwanda

Mar 22 2017 5:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Rwanda.

There are no changes to our travel advisory risk levels.

We continue to advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel within the vicinity of the borders with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Burundi (High risk).

We continue to advise caution elsewhere in Rwanda due to criminal activity (Some risk).

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

Travel Advice: United States of America

Mar 21 2017 5:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for United States of America.

The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has updated its travel advisory for the United States of America to provide information on travelling with electronic devices.

There are no changes to our travel advisory risk level.

We continue to advise caution in the United States of America due to the threat from terrorism (Some risk).

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

Travel Advice: Burkina Faso

Mar 20 2017 5:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Burkina Faso.

We now advise against all travel to within 40 kilometres of the border with Mali and to W National Park due to the threat of kidnapping, terrorism and armed banditry (Extreme risk).

We continue to advise against all travel in areas north of the town of Boulsa due to the threat of kidnapping, terrorism and armed banditry (Extreme risk).

We continue to advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel elsewhere in Burkina Faso due to the threat of terrorism, kidnapping, armed banditry and the potential for civil unrest (High risk).

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

Travel Advice: Solomon Islands

Mar 17 2017 2:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Solomon Islands.

There are no changes to our travel advisory risk level.

We continue to advise normal safety and security measures should be taken in Solomon Islands to ensure personal safety.

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

Travel Advice: The Republic of the Congo

Jan 24 2017 1:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for The Republic of the Congo.

There are no changes to our travel advisory risk levels.

We continue to advise against all travel to the Likouala department due to the unsettled security situation and the large presence of displaced people from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Extreme risk).

We continue to 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 continue to advise caution elsewhere in the Republic of the Congo 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/republic-congo

Travel Advice: Ukraine

Jan 26 2017 2:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Ukraine.

There are no changes to our travel advisory risk levels.

We continue to advise against all travel to Crimea and the Donetsk and Luhansk regions due to the uncertain security situation (Extreme risk).

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

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

Travel Advice: Poland

Jan 26 2017 2:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Poland.

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: Thailand

Jan 31 2017 12:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Thailand.

There are no changes to our travel advisory risk levels.

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).

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

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

Travel Advice: New Caledonia

Feb 1 2017 2:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for New Caledonia.

New Zealanders should be cautious in particular on the RP1 near St Louis as this route has been subject to occasional security incidents, which have caused injury.

There are no changes to our travel advisory risk level.

We continue to advise normal safety and security measures should be taken in New Caledonia to ensure personal safety.

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

Travel Advice: Timor-Leste

Feb 1 2017 5:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Timor-Leste.

There are no changes to our travel advisory risk level.

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: El Salvador

Feb 3 2017 3:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for El Salvador.

There are no changes to our travel advisory risk level.

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: Panama

Feb 3 2017 5:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Panama.

There are no changes to our travel advisory risk levels.

We continue to advise against all travel to the Darien Gap south of the town of Yaviza, due to violent crime and the presence of drug traffickers and armed guerrilla forces (Extreme risk).

We continue to advise caution elsewhere in Panama due to criminal activity and the potential for civil unrest (Some risk).

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

Travel Advice: Honduras

Feb 3 2017 5:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Honduras.

There are no changes to our travel advisory risk level.

We continue to advise caution in Honduras 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/honduras

Travel Advice: Sri Lanka

Feb 7 2017 3:00PM
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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 risk level for Sri Lanka.

We now advise that there are no significant security concerns in Sri Lanka, although travellers should exercise normal security precautions to prevent incidents of crime.

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

Travel Advice: Burundi

Feb 8 2017 5:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Burundi.

There are no changes 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: Trinidad and Tobago

Feb 9 2017 5:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Trinidad and Tobago.

There are no changes to our travel advisory risk level.

We continue to advise caution in Trinidad and Tobago due to violent crime (Some risk).

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

Travel Advice: The Gambia

Feb 14 2017 11:30AM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for The Gambia.

The situation in The Gambia has stabilised with the return of new President Adama Barrow.

We have lowered our risk level for The Gambia.

We now advise caution in The Gambia due to the potential for civil unrest (Some risk).

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

Travel Advice: South Africa

Feb 20 2017 4:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for South Africa.

There are no changes to our travel advisory risk level.

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

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

Travel Advice: Iraq

Feb 21 2017 11:30AM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Iraq.

There are no changes to our travel advisory risk level.

We continue to advise against all travel to Iraq due to the volatile and unpredictable security situation, ongoing threat of terrorism, and significant risk of kidnapping (Extreme risk).

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

Travel Advice: Colombia

Feb 23 2017 5:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Colombia.

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

Travel Advice: Chile

Feb 24 2017 1:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Chile.

There are no changes to our travel advisory risk level.

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

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

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