Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 9 November 2016, 14:47 NZDT
  • Still current at: 25 September 2017

Extreme Risk

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.

High Risk

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.

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Travel outside N’Djamena
New Zealanders who decide to travel outside N’Djamena against our advice should ensure they put in place appropriate personal security protection measures. We recommend travelling in convoy, with a local guide and only during daylight hours. You should prepare well in advance and make sure you have a satellite phone. Such measures may mitigate some risks but will not eliminate them entirely.

We recommend monitoring media reports and local information sources for possible threats to your safety and security. If you decide to travel outside N’Djamena you first need to obtain authorisation from the Ministry of the Interior.

Terrorism
There is a threat of terrorism throughout Chad, including in N’Djamena. The terrorist group Boko Haram regularly mounts large-scale attacks in areas of northern Nigeria that border Chad. There are ongoing military operations targeting Boko Haram in areas around Lake Chad and there is a risk of spill-over violence. On 15 June 2015, two suicide bomb attacks on police facilities in N’Djamena killed 23 people and injured at least 100 others.

Terrorist attacks could occur at any time and may be directed at locations known to be frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers. New Zealanders are advised to be security conscious at all times, particularly in public areas.

Kidnapping
There is a threat of kidnapping against foreigners in Chad, particularly in remote areas and in the east of the country. Non-governmental organisation (NGO) workers have been targeted in the past. New Zealanders in Chad are advised to seek professional security advice and ensure appropriate personal security measures are in place at all times.

Civil Unrest
Violent civil unrest has occurred throughout the country. The security situation remains unpredictable 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. We also recommend avoiding all demonstrations, protests and rallies as they have the potential to turn violent with little warning.

Violent Crime
There is a high level of violent crime in Chad including armed robbery, carjacking and murder. 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, laptops and mobile devices. No resistance should be given if you are the victim of a robbery, mugging or carjacking as this could lead to an escalation in violence.

Border areas
Travel to areas bordering Libya, Sudan, the Central African Republic, Niger and Nigeria is particularly dangerous. Armed groups are active along southern and eastern borders and there are a large number of refugees in eastern Chad, displaced by conflict in Sudan and the Central African Republic. Landmines are reportedly present along the northern border with Libya.

General Travel Advice
New Zealanders are advised to respect religious and social traditions in Chad to avoid offending local sensitivities.

Local police often ask to see proof of identity or documentation. We recommend you carry a photocopy of the bio-data page of your passport and a copy of your Chadian visa at all times. Failure to present identification may result in detention.

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. Medical supplies may be extremely limited. 

New Zealanders travelling or living in Chad are strongly advised to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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