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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: Iran

Jun 23 2017 3:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Iran.

There is no change to our travel advisory risk level.

We continue to advise against all travel within 100km of the Afghanistan border; within 10km of the Iraq border and east of the line running from Bam to Jask close to the Pakistan Border due to the threat of terrorism and violent crime (Extreme risk). We continue to advise caution elsewhere in Iran 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/iran

Travel Advice: Belgium

Jun 21 2017 5:30PM
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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 following an attempted suicide attack in Brussels.

There is no change to our travel advisory risk level.

On 20 June 2017, there was an attempted suicide attack at Brussels Central train station which was contained by Belgium military personnel patrolling the area. The attacker reportedly had an improvised explosive device.

New Zealanders currently in Belgium are advised to 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 local authorities. New Zealanders should exercise a high degree of vigilance in public places.

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

Travel Advice: Qatar

Jun 15 2017 8:30AM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Qatar.

This advisory has been updated following additional travel restrictions which maybe applied to residents from Qatar.

There is no change to our travel advisory risk level.

Additional travel restrictions may also be applied to residents from Qatar, regardless of nationality, planning to enter or transit the United Arab Emirates. New Zealanders are advised to contact their airline or travel agent to see if their bookings are affected and make alternative travel arrangements to reach their destination if necessary.

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

Travel Advice: United Arab Emirates

Jun 15 2017 8:30AM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for United Arab Emirates.

This advisory has been updated following additional travel restrictions which maybe applied to residents from Qatar.

There is no change to our travel advisory risk level.

Additional travel restrictions may also be applied to residents from Qatar, regardless of nationality, planning to enter or transit the United Arab Emirates. New Zealanders are advised to contact their airline or travel agent to see if their bookings are affected and make alternative travel arrangements to reach their destination if necessary.

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

Travel Advice: Philippines

Jun 9 2017 5:00PM
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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 due to the deteriorating security situation in Mindanao.

There is no change to our travel advisory risk level.

We encourage travellers to the Philippines, including Manila, to be security conscious at all times and remain vigilant in public places. You should monitor the media for potential threats to safety and security, and you should follow any instructions issued by the local authorities.

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

Travel Advice: Russian Federation

Jun 8 2017 10:30AM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Russian Federation.

This advisory has been updated due to a change in visa registration requirements for the duration of the Confederations Cup football tournament.

There is no change to our travel advisory risk level.

It is a requirement for all foreigners entering Russia with a Russian visa to register the visa on arrival if they are staying in Russia 7 days and more, public holidays and week-ends are excluded. However, for the period of the Confederations Cup football tournament to be held in Russia from 1 June until 12 July 2017, all foreigners arriving in Russia must now register no later than 24 hours after their arrival even if they are staying for less than 7 days excluding public holidays and week-ends. In normal circumstances hotels and hostels register travellers but please be aware that not all do. To register ask your hotel or hostel to complete this process otherwise it is necessary to contact the local Migration Office of Russian Internal Affairs.

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

Travel Advice: Egypt

Jun 6 2017 5:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Egypt.

This advisory has been updated due to the announcement that flights will be suspended between Qatar and Egypt

There is no change to our travel advisory risk level.

Egypt has announced they plan to suspend all flights to and from the State of Qatar from 6 June 2017 until further notice. The State of Qatar has also announced they plan to suspend all flights to and from Egypt.

New Zealanders travelling between Qatar and Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, or from New Zealand via Qatar to these destinations, are advised to contact their airline or travel agent to see if their booking(s) are affected and make alternative travel arrangements to reach their destination if necessary.

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

Travel Advice: Saudi Arabia

Jun 6 2017 5:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Saudi Arabia.

This advisory has been updated due to the announcement that flights will be suspended between Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

There is no change to our travel advisory risk level.

Saudi Arabia has announced they plan to suspend all flights to and from the State of Qatar from 6 June 2017 until further notice. The State of Qatar has also announced they plan to suspend all flights to and from Saudi Arabia.

New Zealanders travelling between Qatar and Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, or from New Zealand via Qatar to these destinations, are advised to contact their airline or travel agent to see if their booking(s) are affected and make alternative travel arrangements to reach their destination if necessary.

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

Travel Advice: Bahrain

Jun 6 2017 5:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Bahrain.

This advisory has been updated due to the announcement that flights will be suspended between Qatar and Bahrain.

There is no change to our travel advisory risk level.

Bahrain has announced they plan to suspend all flights to and from the State of Qatar from 6 June 2017 until further notice. The State of Qatar has also announced they plan to suspend all flights to and from Bahrain.

New Zealanders travelling between Qatar and Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, or from New Zealand via Qatar to these destinations, are advised to contact their airline or travel agent to see if their booking(s) are affected and make alternative travel arrangements to reach their destination if necessary.

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

Travel Advice: United Kingdom

Jun 5 2017 1:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for United Kingdom.

This follows the attack in London on 3 June 2017.

There is no change to our travel advisory risk level. We continue to advise caution in the United Kingdom, due to the ongoing threat of terrorism (Some risk).

New Zealanders in the United Kingdom are advised to be vigilant, particularly in public places. Follow any instructions issued by local authorities and stay informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media and other local information sources. United Kingdom security personnel maintain an increased presence in public places as a precautionary measure.

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

Travel Advice: Georgia

Jun 1 2017 4:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Georgia.

There are no changes to our travel advisory risk levels.

We continue to advise against all travel to the regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia and the areas immediately surrounding them (Extreme risk).

We continue to advise caution elsewhere in Georgia 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/georgia

Travel Advice: Papua New Guinea

May 29 2017 6:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Papua New Guinea.

Papua New Guinea national elections will be held in 2017 with polling open from 24 June 2017 until 8 July 2017. There is the potential for political activity and protests in the lead up to and around the election period, which could turn violent with little warning. This could happen anywhere in the country, with the Highlands region at particular risk. There is also potential for an increase in general violent crime, lawlessness and local or tribal fighting during this period.

There are no changes to our travel advisory risk level.

We continue to advise caution in Papua New Guinea 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/papua-new-guinea

Travel Advice: Azerbaijan

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

There are no changes to our travel advisory risk levels.

We continue to advise against all travel to the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the surrounding military-occupied area due to political tension and the potential for armed conflict (Extreme risk).

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

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

Travel Advice: Indonesia

May 25 2017 5:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Indonesia.

On 24 May 2017, a suspected suicide bombing at the Kampung Melayu bus terminal in East Jakarta killed three police officers and injured more than 10 other people.

There are no changes to our travel advisory risk levels.

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).

We continue to advise caution in Indonesia 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: Venezuela

May 18 2017 10:00AM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Venezuela.

Since April 2017, political tensions have increased resulting in increasingly violent demonstrations resulting in deaths and injuries, especially in Caracas. Roads and highways are often blocked during demonstrations which can also disrupt public transport systems. Authorities often use tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse crowds.

There is no change to our travel advisory risk level.

We continue to advise against all travel within 80 kilometres of the border with Colombia, particularly in the states of Zulia, Tachira and Apure. (Extreme risk).

We continue to advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel elsewhere in Venezuela due to high levels of violent crime, the potential for violent civil unrest and shortages of food and medicine. (High risk).

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

Travel Advice: Ecuador

May 9 2017 3:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Ecuador.

We have lowered the risk level for the province of Carchi, including the official crossing town of Tulcan. We now advise caution in the province of Carchi (Some risk).

We continue to advise against all travel within 20 kilometres of the border with Colombia due to the threat from kidnapping and organised and drug-related crime (Extreme risk).

We continue to advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel in the northern province of Sucumbios due to the threat from kidnapping and organised and drug-related crime (High risk).

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

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

Travel Advice: Vanuatu

May 9 2017 2:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Vanuatu.

We have lowered our risk level for Vanuatu. We now advise that there are no significant security issues in Vanuatu, 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/vanuatu

Travel Advice: Cuba

May 8 2017 4:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Cuba.

There are no changes to our travel advisory risk level.

We continue to advise that there are no significant security risks in Cuba and 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/cuba

Travel Advice: Norway

May 2 2017 6:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Norway.

The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advisory for Norway.

There are no changes to the travel advisory risk level.

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

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

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: 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: 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

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