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Reviewed: 01 November 2013, 11:40
Still current at: 07 December 2013
There is high risk to your security in the capital N’Djamena due to the threat of violent crime. We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel.
There is extreme risk to your security outside N’Djamena due to the unstable security situation. We advise against all travel. If you decide to travel outside N’Djamena you first need to obtain authorisation from the Ministry of the Interior.
Violent civil unrest and armed conflict between the army and rebel forces has occurred throughout the country. The security situation remains uncertain and the potential for further violence remains.
New Zealanders in Chad are advised to maintain a high degree of personal security awareness and take sensible security precautions at all times. We recommend monitoring the media and other local sources for information about new safety or security risks.
There is a high level of violent crime in Chad including kidnapping, robbery and carjacking and an underlying threat from terrorism. We recommend you avoid travelling at night and to isolated areas.
New Zealanders in Chad should be aware that victims of financially motivated violent crime are often targeted because of their perceived wealth. It is therefore advisable to avoid wearing or displaying items that appear valuable, such as jewellery, cameras, laptops and mobile phones.
General Travel Advice
As there is no New Zealand diplomatic presence in Chad, the ability of the government to provide consular assistance to New Zealand citizens is severely limited.
New Zealanders travelling or living in Chad should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air. You should ensure that your travel insurance policy covers travel to Chad – exclusions may well apply.
New Zealanders travelling or living in Chad are strongly advised to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.