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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.

News - Travel Warning Notifications

Travel Advice: Pakistan

Dec 5 2019 12:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Pakistan.

Our level of advice has not changed:

Do not travel to the Gilgit-Baltistan region, Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan-Administered Kashmir and border areas with Afghanistan and India (excluding the Wagah official border crossing point) due to the significant threat of terrorism, the risk of kidnapping and the unpredictable security situation. Any New Zealanders currently in these areas are advised to depart.

Avoid non-essential travel elsewhere in Pakistan due to the threat of terrorism, the risk of kidnapping, potential for civil unrest and the unpredictable security situation. New Zealanders in Pakistan with concerns for their safety should consider leaving the country.

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

Travel Advice: Viet Nam

Dec 3 2019 12:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Viet Nam.

There is no change to our travel advisory advice level.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders exercise normal safety and security precautions in Viet Nam.

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

Travel Advice: Zambia

Nov 25 2019 3:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Zambia.

There are changes to our travel advisory advice levels.

We now advise that New Zealanders exercise increased caution when travelling to the border areas with the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola and Mozambique due to the risk of landmines. The local authorities can provide advice on affected areas.

Elsewhere in Zambia we now advise that New Zealanders exercise normal safety and security precautions due to crime.

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

Travel Advice: Yemen

Nov 20 2019 4:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Yemen.

Our level of advice has not changed - do not travel to Yemen (including the island of Socotra) due to an extreme threat of terrorism and kidnapping. New Zealanders currently in Yemen are advised to depart as soon as it is safe to do so.

As there is no New Zealand diplomatic presence in Yemen, the ability of the government to assist New Zealand citizens is severely limited.

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

Travel Advice: Guyana

Nov 20 2019 2:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Guyana.

We advise New Zealanders to exercise increased caution in Guyana due to crime.

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

Travel Advice: Ecuador

Oct 30 2019 11:10AM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Ecuador.


Do not travel within 20 kilometres of the border with Colombia, except for the official crossing town of Tulcan in the province of Carchi, due to the threat from kidnapping and organised and drug-related crime.


Avoid non-essential travel to the northern province of Sucumbios due to the threat from kidnapping and organised and drug-related crime.


Exercise increased caution elsewhere in Ecuador due to crime and civil unrest.

Click on the link to read the SafeTravel alert:




http://safetravel.govt.nz/ecuador

Travel Advice: Papua New Guinea

Nov 13 2019 2:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Papua New Guinea.

There is no change to our travel advisory advice levels.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders:

- avoid non-essential travel to the Hela and Southern Highlands provinces due to ongoing violent tribal clashes and politically motivated unrest;

- exercise increased caution elsewhere in Papua New Guinea due to violent crime and the potential for civil unrest.

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

Travel Advice: Slovakia

Oct 1 2019 11:30AM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Slovakia.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders exercise normal safety and security precautions in Slovakia.

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

Travel Advice: Cameroon

Sep 26 2019 4:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Cameroon.

We now advise do not travel to the Northwest and Southwest regions due to ongoing conflict and the volatile security situation.

We continue to advise:

- do not travel to the Far North region due to the threat from terrorism, kidnapping and armed banditry.

- do not travel to the Bakassi Peninsula region and within 40 kilometres of the borders with the Central African Republic, Chad and Nigeria’s Adamawa state. Armed bandits are known to operate in these areas and there is the potential for crossborder attacks and kidnappings.

- avoid non-essential travel in the North and Adamaoua regions due to the threat from terrorism and kidnapping and we advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel.

- exercise increased caution elsewhere in Cameroon due to violent crime, carjackings and piracy (in coastal areas).

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

Travel Advice: Tunisia

Sep 18 2019 4:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Tunisia.

There is no change to our travel advisory advice levels.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders:

- do not travel to the Chaambi Mountains National Park, including the town of Kasserine, near the border with Algeria due to ongoing armed conflict between Tunisian security forces and militant groups;

- do not travel within 30 kilometres of the border with Algeria, in the military zone south of the towns of El Borma and Dhehiba, and within 50 kilometres of the border with Libya, including the town of Ben Guerdane, due to the threat of terrorism, kidnapping and the presence of armed groups;

- avoid non-essential travel to the south of and including the towns of Nefta, Douz, Médenine and Zarzis due to the threat of terrorism and kidnapping;

- exercise increased caution elsewhere in Tunisia due to the threat of terrorism and civil unrest.

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

Travel Advice: Uganda

Sep 16 2019 12:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Uganda.

There are some changes to our travel advisory advice levels.

We now advise that New Zealanders:

- exercise increased caution to the Karamoja region in north-eastern Uganda due to the threat of banditry, violent crime and armed clashes;

- exercise increased caution within 30 kilometres of the border with South Sudan due to the threat of banditry and other violent crime.

Elsewhere in Uganda we continue to advise exercising increased caution due to the threat of terrorism, crime and the potential for civil unrest.

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

Travel Advice: Albania

Sep 13 2019 10:00AM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Albania.

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

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

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