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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: Sweden

Feb 18 2020 2:59PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Sweden.

There is a change to our travel advisory advice level.

We now advise that New Zealanders exercise normal safety and security precautions in Sweden due to the threat of terrorism.

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

Travel Advice: Philippines

Feb 13 2020 2:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Philippines.

There are no changes to our advice levels.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders:

- do not travel to central and western Mindanao (including the Sulu Archipelago) due to the very high threat of terrorist activity, kidnapping and violent clashes between the military/police and terrorist or rebel groups;

- avoid non-essential travel to the remaining provinces of Mindanao due to the threat of terrorism, kidnapping and violent clashes between the military/police and terrorist or rebel groups;

- exercise increased caution elsewhere in the Philippines, including in Manila, due to the threat of terrorism, risk of kidnapping and violent crime.

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

Travel Advice: Morocco

Feb 5 2020 12:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Morocco.

There are no changes to our travel advisory advice levels.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders:

•do not travel to Western Sahara (a disputed and non-self-governing territory largely under Moroccan control), within 30 kilometres north and west of the Berm and all areas south and east of the Berm due to the threat posed by unexploded landmines;

•exercise increased caution in Morocco and elsewhere in Western Sahara due to the threat of terrorism.

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

Travel Advice: China

Feb 2 2020 5:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for China.

Do not travel to China due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and the associated health risks and travel restrictions.

We advise New Zealanders currently in China to depart at the earliest opportunity.

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

Travel Advice: France

Jan 23 2020 9:29AM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for France.

There are no changes to our advice level.

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

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

Travel Advice: Guatemala

Jan 22 2020 4:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Guatemala.

There are no changes to our advice level.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders exercise increased caution in Guatemala due to violent crime and civil unrest.

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

Travel Advice: Canada

Jan 21 2020 3:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Canada.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders:

•Exercise normal safety and security precautions in Canada.

•Travellers should be alert to the underlying threat of terrorism.

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

Travel Advice: Colombia

Jan 10 2020 3:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Colombia.

There are no changes to our advice levels.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders:

• do not travel to the cities of Buenaventura and Tumaco, and in the border areas with Ecuador (except the border crossing at Ipiales), Panama (within Chocó) and Venezuela due to high levels of criminal activity and the threat of kidnapping;

• avoid non-essential travel to the departments of Arauca, Caquetá, Cauca (except the city of Popayán), Chocó (except Quibdó, Nuqui and Bahia Solano), Guainía, Guaviare, Meta (except Villavicencio and Caño Cristales), Nariño (except the city of Pasto and the border crossing in Ipiales), Norte de Santander, Putumayo, Vichada and rural areas of northern Antioquia, southern Bolívar, southern Cordoba and southern Valle del Cauca due to the presence of illegal armed groups, and drug-related criminal activity;

• exercise increased caution elsewhere in C olombia due to violent crime and the threat of terrorism.

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

Travel Advice: Angola

Jan 9 2020 3:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Angola.

There are no changes to our advice levels.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders:

• avoid non-essential travel in the provinces of Cabinda, North Lunda and South Lunda due to violent crime, banditry and kidnapping;

• exercise increased caution elsewhere in Angola due to violent crime.

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

Travel Advice: United Kingdom

Dec 20 2019 3:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for United Kingdom.

There is no change to our travel advisory advice level.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders exercise increased caution in the United Kingdom due to the threat of terrorism and crime.

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

Travel Advice: Thailand

Dec 19 2019 10:00AM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Thailand.

There is no change to our travel advisory advice levels.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders do not travel to the southernmost provinces along the Thailand-Malaysia border, including Narathiwat, Yala, Pattani and Songkhla due to ongoing politically-motivated and criminal violence, which occurs on an almost daily basis. The Thai Government has warned tourists not to travel to these areas.

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

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

Travel Advice: The Netherlands

Dec 16 2019 4:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for The Netherlands.

There is no change to our advice level.

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

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

Travel Advice: India

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

There is no change to our travel advisory advice levels.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders:

- Do not travel to Jammu and Kashmir (with the exception of the Ladakh region via Manali, or by air to Leh) due to the threat of terrorist activity and ongoing violence which remains high;

- Do not travel to the immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan, other than at the international border crossing between Atari, India and Wagah, Pakistan. Landmines pose a risk along some stretches of the India-Pakistan border;

- Avoid non-essential travel to Manipur state and the areas of Nagaland state that border Myanmar, and Assam state that border Bangladesh, due to the threat of terrorism, politically-motivated violence and cross-border insurgency;

- Exercise increased caution elsewhere in India, including in New Delhi and Mumbai, due to the continuing threat from terrorism.

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

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

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