Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 15 November 2013, 15:27 NZDT
  • Still current at: 6 December 2016

Security

There is an increased global risk of terrorism. No country is immune from a terrorist attack, and no person is immune from becoming a victim of an attack. Terrorists have little regard for civilian casualties and, in many cases, attacks are designed to maximise casualties.

Although New Zealand travellers are unlikely to be targeted deliberately, they are usually indistinguishable from any “Western” tourist, and frequent places where other Western tourists are found. This puts New Zealanders at the same risk as others.

Wherever you are, you should keep yourself informed about the latest alerts and stay aware of your surroundings in areas where large numbers of people congregate, such as shopping malls, markets, monuments, demonstrations and on any public transport.

Morocco , Algeria, Tunisia and Libya have all suffered from terrorism domestically oriented as a result of civil conflict or directed against foreigners by radical Islamic elements.

Civil conflicts and disorder in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia and Sudan, continue to provide fertile ground for terrorist groups to operate in.

Crime is a major problem throughout Africa and the various police forces are often limited in their response capabilities.

Extreme Risk

Destinations in Africa where we advise against all travel.

Algeria

There is extreme risk to your security in the border regions with Libya, Mauritania, Mali, Niger and Tunisia due to a heightened threat from terrorism and kidnapping. We advise against all travel to within 450 kilometres of the border with Mali and Niger and within 100 kilometres of the border with Libya, Mauritania and Tunisia. 

Burkina Faso

There is extreme risk to your security in areas north of the town of Boulsa.  We advise against all travel to these areas due to the threat of kidnapping, terrorism and armed banditry.  

There is extreme risk to your security within 20 kilometres of the borders with Mali and Niger due to the threat of kidnapping, terrorism and armed banditry.

Burundi

There is extreme risk to your security in Burundi due to the unpredictable security situation, potential for violent civil unrest, threat of terrorism and violent crime.  We advise against all travel. 

New Zealanders currently in Burundi are advised to depart by commercial means as soon as it is safe to do so.  International airports and land borders could be subject to closure with little warning. 

Cameroon

There is extreme risk to your security in the Far North region due to the threat from terrorism, kidnapping and armed banditry. We advise against all travel to this area. 

There is extreme risk to your security in the Bakassi peninsula region and within 40 kilometres of the borders with the Central African Republic, Chad and Nigeria’s Adamawa state. Armed bandits are known to operate in these areas and there is the potential for crossborder attacks and kidnappings. We advise against all travel to these areas. 

Central African Republic

There is extreme risk to your security in Central African Republic (CAR) due to the unstable security situation, activities of armed rebel groups and the high level of violent crime. We advise against all travel.

New Zealanders currently in CAR are advised to depart as soon as it is safe to do so.

New Zealanders who remain in CAR against our advice should avoid any unnecessary travel, keep a low profile, maintain a high degree of personal security awareness and take all possible security precautions to protect their safety. We recommend ensuring you have adequate stocks of essential supplies on hand, and monitor media reports and local information sources closely to keep up to date on the security situation. 

Chad

There is extreme risk to your security outside the capital N’Djamena due to the threat of terrorism and kidnapping, the presence of armed militants and the unpredictable security situation and we advise against all travel.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

There is extreme risk to your security in eastern and north-eastern regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), including the provinces of Haut-Uele, Haut Lomami, Ituri, Maniema, Tanganyika, North and South Kivu and within 50 kilometres of the border with the Central African Republic. We advise against all travel to these areas due to the unstable security situation, ongoing armed conflict and violent crime. 

Djibouti

There is extreme risk to your security in the area bordering Eritrea and we advise against all travel to this area. A long-running border dispute has caused tensions between Djibouti and Eritrea. The security situation remains fragile and further conflict is a possibility.

Egypt

There is extreme risk to your security in the Governorate of North Sinai, including the Suez-Taba road, due to the threat of terrorism, kidnapping and the presence of armed groups and we advise against all travel. 

There is extreme risk to your security 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 and we advise against all travel to this area.

Eritrea

There is extreme risk to your security in the border areas with Sudan, Ethiopia and Djibouti, due to ongoing tensions in Eritrea’s relations with these countries, the presence of landmines and the risk of violence, including armed banditry. We advise against all travel within 25 kilometres of these borders, including the town of Teseney, and areas north and west of Barentu, Ak’ordat and Nakh’fa.

Ethiopia

There is extreme risk to your security in the border areas with Somalia, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan and Eritrea and we advise against all travel within 10 kilometres of these borders. The border with Eritrea remains closed due to the an unsettled border dispute and is a militarised zone where the possibility of armed conflict between Ethiopian and Eritrean forces continues to exist. 

We advise against all travel to the Danakil desert area (east of the Dessie-Adigrat road and north of the Dessie-Djibouti road).  

We advise against all travel to most parts of the Somali region, specifically the Nogob (previously Fik), Jarar (previously Degehabur), Shabelle (previously Gode), Korahe and Dollo (previously Warder) zones and within 100 kilometres of the border with Somalia in the Afder and Liben zones. 

We advise against all travel to certain parts of the Gambella region (the districtsof Akobo, Wantawo, Jikawo and Lare in the Nuer zone and Jore district in the Agnuak zone).  

There is a significant threat to your security in these areas due to cross border tensions, the activities of armed militant groups, the risk of kidnapping and armed banditry and the presence of landmines.

Guinea

There is extreme risk to your security in the border regions with Sierra Leone, Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire due to cross-border military and rebel activity and the threat of banditry.  We advise against all travel to these areas.  

Guinea-Bissau

There is extreme risk to your security in the northwest part of the country that borders the Casamance region in Senegal due to incidents of armed banditry and the presence of armed rebel groups.  We advise against all travel to this area and against crossing the border into Senegal by land.  

Kenya

There is extreme risk to your security in areas bordering Somalia due to the significant threat of terrorism, kidnapping and cross-border attacks and we advise against all travel to these areas. This includes Garissa county, Mandera county and areas within 60 kilometres of the entire border with Somalia, including Kiwayu and coastal areas north of Pate Island. 

There is extreme risk to your security in the border areas with Ethiopia and South Sudan and we advise against all travel within 30 kilometres of these borders. Cross-border kidnapping and armed banditry make these border areas extremely unsafe.

Libya

There is extreme risk to your security in Libya and we advise against all travel. The unpredictable security situation and the threat from terrorism and kidnapping presents a significant risk to New Zealanders in Libya. New Zealanders currently in Libya are strongly advised to depart immediately. 

As there is no New Zealand diplomatic presence in Libya, the ability of the government to assist New Zealand citizens is severely limited. The British Embassy, which has previously provided emergency assistance to New Zealanders in Libya, has closed due to the security situation. 

Madagascar

There is extreme risk to your security at Batterie Beach, north of Tuléar, due to violent crime and we advise against all travel to this area. 

Mali

There is extreme risk to your security in Mali due to the unpredictable security situation, threat of terrorism and risk of kidnapping and armed banditry.  We advise against all travel.

 

Mauritania

There is extreme risk to your security in eastern and northern regions of Mauritania, particularly in the border areas with Mali, and Western Sahara due to the activities of extremist groups and the risk of banditry and kidnapping. Land mines are present along the border with Western Sahara.   

We advise against all travel to the provinces of Tiris Zemmour, Adrar, Tagant, Hodh ech Chargui, Hodh El Gharbi, Assaba, Guidimaka, Dakhlet-Nouadhibou and Inchiri (with the exception of the Nouakchott to Nouadhibou corridor). 

Morocco

There is extreme risk to your security in Western Sahara (a non-self-governing territory under Moroccan control), within 50 kilometres north and west of the Berm and all areas south and east of the Berm due to the threat posed by unexploded landmines. We advise against all travel to these regions. 

Niger

There is extreme risk to your security in Niger outside the capital Niamey due to the threat of terrorism and kidnapping, the presence of armed militants and the unpredictable security situation. We advise against all travel outside the capital. 

Nigeria

There is extreme risk to your security in the north-eastern states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, and Yobe and we advise against all travel. There is an ongoing significant threat from terrorism and a very high threat of kidnapping in these areas. Any New Zealanders currently in these areas are advised to leave immediately.  

There is extreme risk to your security in the delta states of Abia, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bayelsa, Delta, and Rivers (including Port Harcourt and Bonny Island) and the riverine areas of Cross River state in the south east of the country and we advise against all travel. The significant risk of kidnapping, armed attacks against foreign oil companies and expatriate workers, localised conflict and violent civil unrest present an extreme risk to safety in these areas. 

Somalia

There is extreme risk to your security in Somalia and we advise against all travel. New Zealanders currently in Somalia are advised to leave. There is a significant threat from terrorism, kidnapping, armed conflict and a high level of violent crime throughout the country.

New Zealanders who decide to travel to Somalia against our advice should ensure that appropriate personal security protection measures are in place at all times. We strongly recommend you consult a reputable security company with experience in Somalia for advice on security arrangements. Security arrangements should be reviewed on a regular basis. Such measures may mitigate the risks to your safety but cannot eliminate them entirely. No part of Somalia can be considered safe. This includes large cities such as Mogadishu and Kismayo.

South Sudan

There is extreme risk to your security in South Sudan due to ongoing armed conflict, civil unrest and violent crime and we advise against all travel. 

New Zealanders currently in South Sudan are advised to depart as soon as it is safe to do so. 

Sudan

There is extreme risk to your security in the Darfur region, the Red Sea state border with Eritrea, the Abyei region, Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states, and areas of Northern Kordofan and White Nile states south of the Kosti-El Obeid-En Nahud road.  We advise against all travel to these areas due to the threat of armed conflict and terrorism and the high level of violent crime, including kidnapping. 

The Republic of the Congo

There is extreme risk to your security in Likouala department due to the unsettled security situation and the large presence of displaced people from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). We advise against all travel to this area.

Tunisia

There is extreme risk to your security in the Chaambi Mountains National Park, near the border with Algeria. We advise against all travel to this area due to ongoing armed conflict between Tunisian security forces and militant groups.  

There is extreme risk to your security in the military zone south of the towns of El Borma and Dhehiba and within 50 kilometres of the border with Libya due to the threat of terrorism, kidnapping and the presence of armed groups. We advise against all travel to these areas.

Uganda

There is extreme risk to your security in the Karamoja region in north-eastern Uganda due to the threat of banditry, violent crime and armed clashes.  We advise against all travel to this area.  

There is extreme risk to your security within 30 kilometres of the border with South Sudan due to the threat of banditry and other violent crime and we advise against all travel.

High Risk

Destinations in Africa where we advise against tourist and other non-essential travel.

Algeria

There is high risk to your security elsewhere in Algeria, excluding the capital Algiers, due to the threat from terrorism and kidnapping and we advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel.

Angola

There is high risk to your security in the provinces of Cabinda, North Lunda and South Lunda due to violent crime, banditry and kidnapping and we advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel.

Burkina Faso

There is high risk to your security elsewhere in Burkina Faso.  We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel due to the threat of terrorism, kidnapping, armed banditry and the potential for civil unrest.

Cameroon

There is high risk to your security in the North and Adamaoua regions due to the threat from terrorism and kidnapping and we advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel.

Chad

There is high risk to your security in N’Djamena due to the threat of terrorism, the potential for violent civil unrest and violent crime. We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel.

Cote d'Ivoire/Ivory Coast

There is high risk to your security in the regions of Dix-Huit Montagnes, Haut-Sassandra, Moyen-Cavally and Bas-Sassandra due to the presence of armed groups and risk of violence. Cross-border attacks occur sporadically, especially in areas close to the border with Liberia. We advise against all tourist and non-essential travel to these regions.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

There is high risk to your security elsewhere in the DRC due to the potential for civil unrest and violent crime, and we advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel. 

Egypt

There is high risk to your security elsewhere in Egypt, including Siwa Oasis, due to the unpredictable political situation, civil unrest and threat of terrorism and kidnapping and we advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel. 

Eritrea

There is high risk to your security elsewhere in Eritrea due to the unpredictable security situation and we advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel. The security situation has the potential to deteriorate with little warning should tensions between Eritrea and neighbouring countries escalate.

Ethiopia

There is high risk to your security elsewhere in Ethiopia (including Addis Ababa) due to the threat of terrorism and the unpredictable security situation. We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel. Due to the potential for the security situation to change at short notice, New Zealanders are advised to avoid all unnecessary travel out of Addis Ababa for the time being, particularly by road.

Guinea-Bissau

There is high risk to your security elsewhere in Guinea-Bissau due to political instability and we advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel.  

Kenya

There is high risk to your security along the A2 Highway between Isiolo and Moyale due to sporadic civil unrest and we advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel along this route. Unrest has resulted in a number of deaths and injuries in the past in this area.

There is high risk to your security in Lamu county and coastal areas of Tana River and Kilifi counties due to the threat from terrorism and we advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to these areas. 

There is high risk to your security in the cities of Nairobi and Mombasa due to the ongoing threat of terrorism and we advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to these cities.

Liberia

There is high risk to your security in Grand Gedeh and River Gee counties, on the border with Cote D’Ivoire, due to the presence of armed groups and the possibility of cross-border attacks.  We advise against all tourist and non-essential travel to these areas. 

Mauritania

There is high risk to your security elsewhere in Mauritania and we advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel due to the threat from kidnapping, terrorism and the unpredictable security situation. 

Niger

There is high risk to your security in Niamey due to the threat of kidnapping, violent crime and civil unrest. We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to Niamey. 

Nigeria

There is high risk to your security elsewhere in Nigeria (except the city of Lagos), due to the threat from terrorism, kidnapping and violent crime. We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel.

Rwanda

There is high risk to your security in the vicinity of the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) due to the unpredictable security situation and the risk of cross-border incursions by armed guerrilla groups.  We advise against all tourist and non-essential travel to this area.  

There is high risk to your security in the vicinity of the border with Burundi due to the unsettled security situation and the risk of banditry and cross-border incursions by armed groups.  We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to this area.  

Senegal

There is high risk to your security in the Casamance region, except for Cap Skirring, Zinguinchor and the main road connecting these two cities due to armed banditry and clashes between separatist groups and the Senegalese army. We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel. 

Sudan

There is high risk to your security elsewhere in Sudan due to the threat of terrorism, kidnapping and the potential for violent civil unrest and we advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel.  

New Zealanders in Sudan should ensure they have appropriate security measures in place including a contingency plan for departure should a sudden deterioration in the security situation occur.  New Zealanders in the capital Khartoum should exercise extreme caution if travelling around the city and avoid travel at night.  Travel outside Khartoum requires a permit from local authorities.  If you intend travelling outside the capital, you should ensure appropriate personal security protection measures are in place and keep a low profile. 

The Republic of the Congo

There is high risk to your security in the Pool department due to the threat of armed banditry and rebel activity. We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to this area.

Tunisia

There is high risk to your security elsewhere in Tunisia due to the threat of terrorism and kidnapping and we advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel. 

Uganda

There is high risk to your security within 50 kilometres of the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo due to the threat of banditry and other violent crime.  We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to this area.

Zambia

There is high risk to your security in the border areas with the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola and Mozambique due to the presence of landmines. The local authorities can provide advice on affected areas. We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to these areas.

Some Risk

Destinations in Africa where we advise caution.

Algeria

There is some risk to your security in the capital Algiers due to the threat from terrorism and we advise caution.

Angola

There is some risk to your security elsewhere in Angola due to violent crime and we advise caution.

Cameroon

There is some risk to your security elsewhere in Cameroon due to violent crime and we advise caution.

Cote d'Ivoire/Ivory Coast

There is some risk to your security elsewhere in Côte d’Ivoire due to terrorism, violent crime and the potential for civil unrest and we advise caution. 

Djibouti

There is some risk to your security elsewhere in Djibouti due to the threat from terrorism and we advise caution.

Guinea

There is some risk to your security elsewhere in Guinea due to violent crime and the potential for civil unrest.  We advise caution. 

Kenya

There is some risk to your security elsewhere in Kenya due to the threat of terrorism, violent crime and kidnapping and we advise a high degree of caution.

Liberia

There is some risk to your security elsewhere in Liberia due to the unpredictable security situation and violent crime.  We advise caution. 

Madagascar

There is some risk to your security elsewhere in Madagascar due to the uncertain political situation and violent crime and we advise caution. 

Morocco

There is some risk to your security in Morocco and elsewhere in Western Sahara due to the threat of terrorism.  We advise caution. 

Nigeria

There is some risk to your security in the city of Lagos due to the threat of terrorism and violent crime and we advise caution. 

Rwanda

There is some risk to your security elsewhere in Rwanda due to criminal activity and we advise caution. 

Senegal

There is some risk to your security elsewhere in Senegal due to terrorism and civil unrest and we advise caution. 

Sierra Leone

There is some risk to your security in Sierra Leone due to violent crime and the potential for civil unrest.  We advise caution.

South Africa

There is some risk to your security in South Africa due to violent crime and the threat of terrorism and we advise caution. 

Tanzania

There is some risk to your security in Tanzania due to violent crime and the potential for civil unrest and we advise caution.

The Republic of the Congo

There is some risk to your security elsewhere in the Republic of the Congo due to violent crime and the potential for civil unrest and we advise caution.

Uganda

There is some risk to your security elsewhere in Uganda due to the threat of terrorism, crime and the potential for civil unrest and we advise caution. 

Zambia

There is some risk to your security elsewhere in Zambia due to violent crime and we advise caution.

Zimbabwe

There is some risk to your security in Zimbabwe due to underlying political tension and high levels of crime and we advise a high degree of caution.   

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