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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: Algeria

Oct 18 2017 11:00AM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Algeria.

There is no change to our travel advisory risk levels.

We continue to advise against all travel within 30 kilometres of the borders with Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Tunisia due to a heightened threat from terrorism and kidnapping (Extreme risk).

We continue to advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel in the mountainous region of Kabylia and 10 provinces due to the threat of terrorism, banditry and kidnapping (High risk).

Elsewhere in Algeria we 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/algeria

Travel Advice: United States of America

Oct 4 2017 6:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for United States of America.

This advisory has been updated America after the mass shooting in Las Vegas on 2 October 2017.

There is no change to our travel advisory risk level.

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

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

Travel Advice: Canada

Oct 2 2017 4:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Canada.

This advisory has been reviewed after the attacks in Edmonton on 30 September 2017.

There is no change to our travel advisory risk level.

We continue to advise there are no significant security risks associated with travel to Canada, although travellers should be alert to the underlying threat of terrorism (No risk).

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

Travel Advice: France

Oct 2 2017 4:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for France.

This advisory has been reviewed after the knife attack in Marseille on 1 October 2017.

There is no change 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: Myanmar

Sep 29 2017 12:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Myanmar.

This advisory has been updated due to increased violence in Rakhine State.

The overall risk levels in Myanmar have not changed.

We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel in the vicinity of the borders with Laos, Thailand, India, Bangladesh and China due to military activity, ethnic militias, armed drug smugglers and the presence of landmines (High risk).

We also advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel in Kachin State (excluding Myitkyina), the northern Rakhine State areas of Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Rathedaung and northern Shan State due to ethnic tensions and the potential for armed conflict and violent civil unrest (High risk).

Elsewhere in Myanmar we advise caution due to the uncertain political situation and potential for civil unrest (Some risk).

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

Travel Advice: Vanuatu

Sep 28 2017 12:30PM
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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 due to the increase in volcanic activity.

There is no change to our travel advisory risk level.

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: United Kingdom

Sep 22 2017 5:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for United Kingdom.

This advisory has been updated after the London terrorist attack on 15 September 2017.

There is no change 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: Burkina Faso

Sep 19 2017 11:00AM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Burkina Faso.

This advisory has been updated after a terrorist shooting in Ouagadougou in mid-August.

There is no change to our travel advisory risk levels.

We continue to advise against all travel to the north of Boulsa, within 40 kilometres of the Mali border and in W National Park. This is due to the threats of kidnapping, terrorism and armed banditry (Extreme risk).

Elsewhere in Burkina Faso we continue to advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel due to the threats 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: Senegal

Sep 18 2017 4:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Senegal.

There is no change to our travel advisory risk levels.

We continue to advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel in the Casamance region, except for in the cities of Cap Skirring and Zinguinchor and the main road connecting them. This is due to the risk of armed banditry and clashes between separatist groups and the Senegalese army (High risk).

Elsewhere in Senegal we continue to advise caution due to terrorism and crime (Some risk).

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

Travel Advice: Japan

Sep 7 2017 5:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Japan.

We now advise caution in Japan due to heightened tensions in the region (Some risk).

Higher risk levels continue to apply around the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. (Extreme and High risk).

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

Travel Advice: South Korea

Sep 7 2017 5:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for South Korea.

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

The South Korean advisory now also includes information about a smartphone app the South Korean government has developed with civil emergency advice and information.

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

Travel Advice: Tanzania

Sep 4 2017 5:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Tanzania.

This advisory has been updated after a routine review.

There is no change to our travel advisory risk level.

We continue to advise caution 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/tanzania

Travel Advice: Belgium

Aug 31 2017 11:00AM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Belgium.

This advisory has been updated to provide a factual reference on the terrorist attack in Brussels on 25 August 2017.

There is no change to our travel advisory risk level.

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

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

Travel Advice: Syria

Aug 25 2017 3:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Syria.

There is no change to our travel advisory risk levels.

We continue to advise against all travel due to the ongoing civil war and extremely dangerous security situation (Extreme risk).

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

Travel Advice: China

Aug 25 2017 12:30PM
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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 advisory risk levels.

We continue to advise caution in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region due to the potential for violent civil unrest (Some risk).

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

Travel Advice: The Netherlands

Aug 24 2017 10:00AM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for The Netherlands.

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Media reporting indicates a rock concert in Rotterdam has been cancelled at short notice due to a terrorism threat. Local authorities are responding to the threat.

We reiterate our advice that New Zealanders in the Netherlands should keep themselves informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media and other local information sources. We recommend following any instructions issued by the Dutch authorities and exercising a high degree of vigilance in public places, particularly at large public gatherings, tourist sites and transport hubs.

New Zealanders who require consular assistance are advised to contact the New Zealand Embassy in The Hague, Netherlands on +31 70 346 9324 or at Hague.Info@mfat.govt.nz

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

Travel Advice: Niger

Aug 22 2017 12:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Niger.

There is no change to our travel advisory risk levels.

We continue to advise against all travel to Niger outside of the capital Niamey. This is due to the threats of terrorism and kidnapping, the presence of armed militants and the unpredictable security situation (Extreme risk).

We continue to advise against all tourist and non-essential travel within the capital of Niamey due to the threat of kidnapping, violent crime and civil unrest (High risk).

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

Travel Advice: Finland

Aug 22 2017 11:00AM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Finland.

The advisory has been issued following a terrorist attack in Turku.

We advise that normal safety and security measures should be taken throughout Finland to ensure personal safety.

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

Travel Advice: Spain

Aug 18 2017 5:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Spain.

This advisory has been updated following a terrorist attack in Barcelona.

There is no change to our travel advisory risk level.

We continue to advise caution throughout Spain due to the ongoing threat of terrorism.

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

Travel Advice: Guam

Aug 15 2017 4:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Guam.

The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has issued a travel advisory for Guam in response to a number of recent public enquiries.

There are no significant security risks in Guam but normal safety and security measures should be taken to ensure personal safety.

New Zealanders in Guam are advised to refer to the Guam Homeland Security website.

See our travel advisory for further information: https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/guam

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

Travel Advice: Libya

Aug 14 2017 12:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Libya.

This advisory has been routinely updated.

There is no change to our travel advisory risk level.

We continue to advise against all travel to Libya due to the ongoing conflict and the threat from terrorism and kidnapping (Extreme risk).

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

Travel Advice: Ethiopia

Aug 9 2017 4:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Ethiopia.

We have lowered our risk level for Addis Ababa. We now advise caution in Addis Ababa due to the potential for violent crime, civil unrest and the threat of terrorism (Some risk).

We have lowered our risk level for Highway 80 and the Moyale border crossing along the Kenyan border. We now advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel due to the threat of terrorism and the unpredictable security situation (High risk).

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: Saudi Arabia

Aug 3 2017 1:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Saudi Arabia.

We have lowered the overall risk level for Saudi Arabia. We now advise caution in Saudi Arabia due to the threat of terrorism (Some risk). Higher levels apply in some areas.

We advise against all 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 (Extreme risk).

We continue to advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel within 80 kilometres of the border with Yemen, including central Jizan, due to the potential for cross-border missile attacks, and within 10 kilometres of the border with Iraq due to the threat of terrorism (High risk).

We continue to advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel in the Al Qatif governorate due to violent clashes between government forces and armed groups (High risk).

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

Travel Advice: Cameroon

Aug 1 2017 3:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Cameroon.

There are no changes to our travel advisory risk levels.

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

Travel Advice: Kenya

Jul 25 2017 3:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Kenya.

We no longer advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to Nairobi and Mombasa. We now advise caution in Nairobi and Mombasa due to the threat of terrorism and violent crime (Some risk).

We continue to advise against all travel to Garissa county, Mandera county, within 60 kilometres of the entire border with Somalia and within 30 kilometres of the border with Ethiopia and South Sudan, with the exception of the A2 Highway and Moyale border crossing (Extreme risk).

We continue to advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel along the A2 Highway north of Turbi and the Moyale border crossing, in Lamu county and coastal areas of Tana River and Kilifi counties north of Malindi (High risk).

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

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

Travel Advice: Haiti

Jul 24 2017 5:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Haiti.

We continue to advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel in the Port-au-Prince districts of Carrefour, Cite Soleil, Martissant and Bel Air due to high levels of violent crime (High risk).

We continue to advise caution elsewhere in Haiti due to violent crime and political tensions (Some risk).

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

Travel Advice: Pakistan

Jul 21 2017 12:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Pakistan.

There is no change to our travel advisory risk level. We continue to advise against all travel in the Federally-Administered Tribal Areas, Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), and border areas with India. Additionally, we continue to advise all tourist and other non-essential travel elsewhere in Pakistan.

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

Travel Advice: Zambia

Jul 19 2017 11:30AM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Zambia.

On 5 July 2017, the Zambian President issued a Preservation of Public Security declaration under Article 31 of the Constitution which allows for additional security measures to be implemented for a 90 day period. It is unclear what emergency measures will be introduced, at this stage. You should remain alert to changes by monitoring the media and local information sources and comply with any instructions given by local authorities.

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

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