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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: Sri Lanka

Jun 14 2019 3:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Sri Lanka.

We have lowered our level of advice.

We now advise New Zealanders to exercise increased caution in Sri Lanka due to the on-going threat of terrorism and violence.

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

Travel Advice: Uzbekistan

Jun 7 2019 1:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Uzbekistan.

There is no change to our travel advisory advice levels.

We continue to advise:

- Avoid non-essential travel to the areas bordering Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan (including the city of Andijan and the eastern region of the Ferghana Valley) due to the uncertain security situation and landmines.

- Exercise increased caution elsewhere in Uzbekistan due to the threat from terrorism and violent crime.

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

Travel Advice: Myanmar

Apr 29 2019 10:00AM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Myanmar.

There is a change to our travel advisory advice levels.

We now advise that New Zealanders do not travel to the northern Rakhine State areas of Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Rathedaung and Paletwa township in southern Chin State due to ethnic tensions and the potential for armed conflict and violent civil unrest.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders:

- avoid non-essential travel along the borders with Laos, Thailand, India, Bangladesh and China and we advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel in the vicinity of these borders, including official border crossings. Military activity, ethnic militias, armed drug smugglers and the presence of landmines pose a particularly high risk to your safety;

- avoid non-essential travel to Kachin State (excluding Myitkyina), , northern Shan State due to ethnic tensions and the potential for armed conflict and violent civil unrest. We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to these areas;

- exercise increased caution elsewhere in Myanmar due to the readily changeable political situation and regular civil unrest.

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

Travel Advice: China

Apr 17 2019 3:30PM
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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 advice levels.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders exercise increased caution in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region due to the potential for violent civil unrest, and exercise normal safety and security precautions elsewhere in China.

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

Travel Advice: Kenya

Apr 12 2019 4:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Kenya.

There are no changes to our travel advisory advice levels.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders:

- do not travel to areas bordering Somalia due to the significant threat of terrorism, kidnapping and cross-border attacks. This includes Garissa county, Mandera county and with Somalia, including Kiwayu and coastal areas north of Pate Island;

- do not travel to the border areas with Ethiopia and South Sudan, with the exception of the A2 Highway and Moyale border crossing. Cross-border kidnapping and armed banditry make these border areas extremely unsafe;

- avoid non-essential travel along the A2 Highway north of Turbi and the Moyale border crossing due to sporadic civil unrest;

- avoid non-essential travel to Lamu county, coastal areas of Tana River and Kilifi counties north of Malindi due to the threat from terrorism and violent crime;

- avoid non-essential travel to the Eastleigh neighbourhood of Nairobi due to the threat from terrorism and violent crime;

- exercise increased caution elsewhere in Kenya due to the threat of terrorism and violent crime.

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

Travel Advice: Madagascar

Apr 8 2019 1:10PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Madagascar.

There is no change to our travel advisory advice levels.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders do not travel to Batterie Beach, north of Tuléar, due to violent crime.

Elsewhere in Madagascar we continue to advise exercising increased caution due to the uncertain political situation and violent crime.

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

Travel Advice: Bangladesh

Apr 5 2019 3:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Bangladesh.

There is a change to our travel advisory advice level.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders avoid non-essential travel to Dhaka and the Chittagong Hill Tracts region due to the threat of terrorism and uncertain security situation.

Elsewhere in Bangladesh we now advise exercising increased caution due to the threat of terrorism and uncertain security situation.

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

Travel Advice: Brunei Darussalam

Apr 1 2019 9:30AM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Brunei Darussalam.

We have made a factual update to our Brunei Darussalam advisory to include the following information:

“New Zealanders in Brunei Darussalam are strongly advised to familiarise themselves with and observe local law and customs, including shariah/syariah/sharia law. A non-exhaustive list of illegal activities under Syariah law includes blasphemy, sodomy, and adultery. Syariah law applies to Muslims, non-Muslims, and foreigners, and penalties can be very severe (including physical punishment and the death penalty).

Further information about the Syariah Penal Code can be found on Brunei Darussalam’s Attorney General’s Chambers website.”

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

Travel Advice: Trinidad and Tobago

Mar 27 2019 11:30AM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Trinidad and Tobago.

There is no change to our travel advice level.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders exercise increased caution in Trinidad and Tobago due to violent crime.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/trinidad-and-tobago

Travel Advice: Mexico

Mar 26 2019 4:03PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Mexico.

• There is no change to our travel advice level, except for the state of Colima which we have increased to avoid non-essential travel.

• We continue to adviseNew Zealanders to exercise increased caution in Mexico due to violent crime.

• We advise New Zealanders to avoid non-essential travel to Chihuahua, Colima, Durango, Guerrero (except for the cities of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo and Taxco and the toll road to Taxco), Michoacán (except for the cities of Morelia and Lázaro Cardenas), Sinaloa, Sonora and Tamaulipas due to the high levels of violent crime in these regions.


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

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