Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 25 October 2013, 11:02 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.

On 3 October 2010 the United States government issued a travel alert alerting US citizens to the potential for terrorist attacks in Europe and reminding them of the potential for terrorists to attack public transportation systems and other tourist infrastructure. Several European Governments have also recently upgraded their threat levels.  New Zealanders are reminded of the need for vigilance.

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.

Terrorist attacks have taken place in many major European cities and the region remains vulnerable to attacks from Islamic and other extremist groups.

In Russia, Moscow has experienced a number of bombings carried out by Chechen separatists. They have been responsible for a series of incidents in towns in southern Russia (the northern Caucasus) and particularly the province of Chechnya itself.

In Turkey, Kurdish separatists have carried out attacks in Istanbul and other areas popular with tourists. Such attacks are likely to continue.

Extreme Risk

Destinations in Europe where we advise against all travel.

Russian Federation

There is extreme risk to your security in Chechnya, Dagestan, Ingushetia, Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachai-Cherkessia, Republic of North Ossetia and the south-east parts of Stavropol Krai in the North Caucasian Federal District. Terrorism, kidnapping and military activity in these areas presents a significant risk to security. We advise against all travel to these areas.

There is extreme risk to your security within 10 kilometres of the border with the Ukrainian Donetsk and Lugansk Oblasts due to ongoing violent conflict and the volatile security situation. We advise against all travel in this border region.

Turkey

There is extreme risk to your security within 10 kilometres of the border with Syria due to the threat of terrorism and kidnapping and the potential for violence associated with the ongoing conflict in Syria. We advise against all travel to this area. 

There is extreme risk to your security in the city of Diyarbakir, in south-east Turkey, due to ongoing security force operations in the Sur district and we advise against all travel. 

Ukraine

There is extreme risk to your security in Crimea due to the uncertain security situation and we advise against all travel to Crimea.  

There is extreme risk to your security in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions due to ongoing violent conflict and the volatile security situation. We advise against all travel to these regions. 

New Zealanders currently in Crimea and the Donetsk and Luhansk regions are advised to depart as soon as it is safe to do so. The New Zealand Government is severely limited in its ability to provide consular assistance to New Zealand citizens in these areas.

High Risk

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

Kosovo

There is high risk to your security in North Mitrovica and the northern municipalities of Leposavic, Zubin Potok and Zvecan due to politically-motivated violence and civil unrest.  We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to these areas.

Turkey

There is high risk to your security in the provinces of Batman, Bingol, Bitlis, Diyarbakir, Gaziantep, Hakkari, Hatay, Kilis, Mardin, Mus, Sanliurfa, Sirnak, Siirt, Tunceli and Van in south-east Turkey. We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to these provinces due to the unpredictable security situation and the threat of terrorism and kidnapping. 

There is high risk to your security in Ankara and Istanbul due to the heightened threat of terrorism and potential for civil unrest.  We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to these cities. New Zealanders transiting Ankara or Istanbul on their way to other destinations in Turkey are advised to minimise their transit time in Ankara or Istanbul and avoid tourist sites in those two cities. 

Some Risk

Destinations in Europe where we advise caution.

Albania

There is some risk to your security in Albania due to the threat of terrorism and we advise caution.

Austria

There is some risk to your security in Austria due to the threat of terrorism and we advise caution.

Belgium

There is some risk to your security in Belgium due to the heightened and ongoing threat of terrorism and we advise caution. 

Denmark

There is some risk to personal safety and security in Denmark due to the threat of terrorism and we advise caution.

France

There is some risk to your security in France due to the ongoing threat of terrorism and we advise caution.

Germany

There is some risk to your security in Germany due to the ongoing threat of terrorism and we advise caution. 

Greece

There is some risk to your security in Greece due to the potential for civil unrest and an underlying threat of terrorism and we advise caution.

Italy

There is some risk to your security in Italy due to the threat of terrorism and we advise caution.

Kosovo

There is some risk to your security elsewhere in Kosovo due to the potential for civil unrest and we advise caution.

Moldova

There some risk to your security in the Transnistria region (northeast Moldova) due to the uncertain security situation and the limited ability of the New Zealand Government to provide assistance to New Zealand citizens in this area.  We advise caution.

Norway

There is some risk to personal safety and security in Norway due to the threat of terrorism and we advise caution.

Russian Federation

There is some risk to your security elsewhere in Russia due to the threat of terrorism and crime and we advise caution. 

Spain

There is some risk to your security in Spain due to the threat of terrorism and we advise caution. 

Sweden

There is some risk to your security in Sweden due to the threat of terrorism and we advise caution.

The Netherlands

There is some risk to your security in the Netherlands due to the threat of terrorism and we advise caution. 

Turkey

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

Ukraine

There is some risk to your security elsewhere in Ukraine, including Kyiv, due to the potential for civil unrest and we advise caution.

United Kingdom

There is some risk to your security in the United Kingdom due to the threat of terrorism and we advise caution.

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