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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: Uzbekistan

Dec 8 2017 11:00AM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Uzbekistan.

There are no changes to our travel advisory risk levels.

We continue to advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel in the areas bordering Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan (including the city of Andijan) due to the uncertain security situation and landmines (High risk).

We continue to advise caution elsewhere in Uzbekistan due to the threat from terrorism and violent crime (Some risk)


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

Travel Advice: Kyrgyzstan

Dec 8 2017 11:00AM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Kyrgyzstan.

There are no changes to our travel advisory risk levels.

We continue to advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel in the Ferghana Valley and areas bordering Uzbekistan and Tajikistan due to the uncertain security situation and the presence of landmines. This includes the regions of Osh, Jalalabad and Batken (High risk).

We continue to advise caution elsewhere in Kyrgyzstan due to violent crime, terrorism and the potential for civil unrest (Some risk)

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

Travel Advice: Tajikistan

Dec 8 2017 11:00AM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Tajikistan.

There are no changes to our travel advisory risk levels.

We continue to advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel in areas bordering Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan due to criminal activity and the presence of landmines, and in the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast due to the uncertain security situation (High risk).

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

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

Travel Advice: Denmark

Dec 8 2017 11:00AM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Denmark.

There is no change to our travel advisory risk level.

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

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

Travel Advice: Ethiopia

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

This advisory was updated to include information about the death of a German tourist in the Afar region on 3 December 2017.

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 (excluding Addis Ababa) due to the threat of terrorism and the unpredictable security situation (High risk).

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

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

Travel Advice: Lebanon

Dec 7 2017 4:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Lebanon.

The risk level for Beirut (excluding the southern suburbs) has been downgraded to some risk, and we now advise caution in the area due to the threat of terrorism and crime (Some risk).

We continue to advise against all travel in the North Governorate (including the city of Tripoli), the Palestinian refugee camps, within 5 kilometres of the Syrian and Israeli border, in all regions in the Bekaa Valley north of Rayek, south of the Litani River and the southern suburbs (Dahiyeh) of Beirut. This is due to the unpredictable security situation, significant threat of terrorism and risk of kidnapping (Extreme risk).

Elsewhere in Lebanon we advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel due to the unpredictable security situation, threat of terrorism and risk of kidnapping (High risk).

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

Travel Advice: Nepal

Dec 7 2017 3:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Nepal.

There is no change to our travel advisory risk level.

We continue to advise caution due to the potential for political rallies and protests which may result in civil unrest (Some risk).

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

Travel Advice: Tunisia

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

We have downgraded the overall risk level in Tunisia to some risk.

We continue to advise against all travel in the Chaambi Mountains National Park, including the town of Kasserine, near the border with Algeria, within 30 kilometres of the border with Libya, including the town of Ben Guerdane. This is due to the threat of terrorism, kidnapping and the presence of armed groups (Extreme risk).

We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel south of and including the towns of Nefta, Douz, Medenine and Zarzis due to the threat of terrorism and kidnapping (High risk).

We now advise caution elsewhere in Tunisia due to the threat of terrorism and civil unrest (Some risk).

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

Travel Advice: Egypt

Dec 1 2017 12:30PM
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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 to add factual information about the attack on Sufi mosque in Bir al-Abed in North Sinai on 24 November 2017.

The overall risk levels in Egypt have not changed.

We continue to advise against all travel in 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).

Elsewhere in Egypt including Siwa Oasis we continue to advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel due to the unpredictable political situation, civil unrest and threat of terrorism and kidnapping (High risk).

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

Travel Advice: Argentina

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

The overall risk level in Argentina has not changed.

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


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

Travel Advice: Peru

Nov 27 2017 2:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Peru.

The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has conducted a routine review of its travel advisory for Peru.

There is no change to our travel advisory risk level. We continue to advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel within 20 kilometres of the border with Colombia due to the presence of drug traffickers and the occasional presence of armed guerrilla forces, and unexploded landmines. We continue to advise caution elsewhere in Peru due to the risk of violent crime.

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

Travel Advice: Indonesia

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

The overall risk levels in Indonesia have not changed.

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).

Elsewhere in Indonesia, including in Jakarta and Bali, we advise caution 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: Malaysia

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

This advisory has been updated due to a routine review.

The overall risk levels in Malaysia have not changed.

We continue to advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel in coastal areas of eastern Sabah (from Kudat to Tawau, including Sandakan, Lahad Datu, Kunak and Semporna, including the offshore islands and dive sites) due to the risk of kidnapping (High risk).

Elsewhere in Malaysia we advise caution due to the threat of terrorism, crime and the potential for civil unrest (Some risk).

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

Travel Advice: Zimbabwe

Nov 16 2017 4:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Zimbabwe.

This advisory has been updated due to the uncertain political and security situation following military events in Harare on 15 November 2017.

There is no change to our travel advisory risk level.

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

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

Travel Advice: Kuwait

Nov 13 2017 3:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Kuwait.

This advisory has been updated following a routine review.

There is no change to our travel advisory risk level.

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

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

Travel Advice: Pakistan

Nov 13 2017 12:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Pakistan.

We have conducted a routine review of our travel advice for Pakistan.

There is no change to our travel advisory risk levels. We continue to advise against all travel to in the Federally-Administered Tribal Areas, Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), and border areas with India (Extreme risk).

We continue to advise against all tourist and other 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 (High risk).

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

Travel Advice: Saudi Arabia

Nov 9 2017 12:00PM
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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 following a rocket attack on 4 November 2017.

There are no changes to our travel advisory risk levels.

We continue to 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, within 10 kilometres of the border with Iraq, and in Al Qatif governorate due to the potential for cross-border missile attacks, the threat of terrorism and violent clashes between government forces and armed groups (High risk).

Elsewhere in Saudi Arabia we advise caution due to the threat of terrorism (Some risk).

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

Travel Advice: Somalia

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

This advisory has been updated following the truck bomb attack in Mogadishu on 14 October 2017.

There is no change to our travel advisory risk level.

We continue to advise against all travel to Somalia due to significant threats from terrorism, kidnapping, armed conflict and a high level of violent crime throughout the country (Extreme risk).

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

Travel Advice: Madagascar

Nov 3 2017 4:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Madagascar.

This advisory has been updated following an increase in plague fatalities.

There are no changes to our risk levels.

We continue to advise against all travel to Batterie beach, north of Tulear, due to violent crime (extreme risk).

Elsewhere in Madagascar we advise caution due to the uncertain political situation and violent crime (Some risk).

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

Travel Advice: The Netherlands

Nov 3 2017 2:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for The Netherlands.

This advisory has been updated after a routine review.

There is no change to our travel advisory risk level.

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

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

Travel Advice: Italy

Nov 3 2017 11:30AM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Italy.

This advisory has been updated after a routine review.

There are no changes to our travel advisory risk levels.

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

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

Travel Advice: Vanuatu

Oct 31 2017 3:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Vanuatu.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advisory for Vanuatu following the Vanuatu government lifting its state of emergency for the volcanic island of Ambae.

We have removed our risk level for Ambae Island to reflect this change.

We continue to 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: Japan

Oct 31 2017 2:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Japan.

We have conducted a review of our travel advisory for Japan.

There is no change to our travel advisory risk levels.

We continue to advise against Area 3 near the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

We continue to advise against all tourist and non-essential travel to Areas 1 and 2 near the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

We continue to advise some risk to your security elsewhere in Japan due to heightened tensions in the region and we advise caution.

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

Travel Advice: Mexico

Oct 30 2017 5:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Mexico.

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

Travel Advice: Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories

Oct 25 2017 4:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

There is no change to our travel advisory risk levels.

We continue to advise against all travel to Gaza, along the border with Lebanon and within three kilometres of the border with Syria. This is due to the unpredictable security situation, possibility of rocket fire, threat of kidnapping and the potential for retaliatory military operations (Extreme risk).

We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel in the occupied Palestinian territory of the West Bank (not including East Jerusalem) due to the unpredictable security situation and the potential for acts of violence and violent civil unrest (High risk).

Elsewhere in Israel we continue to advise caution due to the threat of terrorism and the potential for civil unrest (Some risk).

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/israel-and-occupied-palestinian-territories

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: 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

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