Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

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Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is not issuing a specific travel advisory for Turkmenistan at this time.

New Zealanders travelling or living in Turkmenistan should have comprehensive medical and travel insurance policies in place that include provision for medical evacuation by air.

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

Turkey

Turkey

The security situation in the Middle East region is unpredictable and may become increasingly volatile.

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Terrorism
There is a heightened threat of terrorism across Europe, including in the United Kingdom.

Since early 2017, separate attacks have taken place in the United Kingdom, causing multiple deaths and injuries.

On 14 November 2021, there was an explosion outside a hospital in Liverpool, killing one person.

On 29 November 2019, a stabbing attack took place near London Bridge killing two people and injuring three others.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s economic situation has deteriorated significantly in recent months. This has led to shortages of such basic necessities as fuel and certain food products, causing long queues in a range of shops, including supermarkets, petrol stations and pharmacies. Fuel shortages make all forms of transport around Sri Lanka, including trains, buses, and cars, less reliable. Local authorities have imposed rationing of electricity, which has resulted in lengthy power outages.

South Korea

South Korea

Political tensions
Relations between South and North Korea can be tense. North Korea has conducted several nuclear tests and regular ballistic missile tests, leading to further tensions. Future tests cannot be ruled out. In the past, heightened tensions haven’t affected daily life.

South Africa

South Africa

Crime
There is a very high level of violent crime in South Africa, which includes mugging, murder, sexual assault, carjacking, armed robbery and kidnapping. While most travellers are likely to experience a trouble-free visit, there is a serious risk of crime, particularly in city centres and townships. Although crime occurs at all hours, the risk significantly increases at night.  

Singapore

Singapore

Terrorism
Terrorism is a threat in Singapore. The Singaporean Government has put in place enhanced security measures to combat terrorism, including strong border controls and police surveillance. New Zealanders in Singapore should monitor any developments that may affect their safety, remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings and follow any instructions issued by the local authorities. 

Fiji

Fiji

Crime
Theft and assault have been reported by locals and tourists alike, with most occurring at night and in urban areas. We advise New Zealanders to avoid poorly lit areas at night, particularly in Suva. Female travellers can be subject to sexual harassment and there have been incidents of sexual assault against tourists.

Belgium

Belgium

Terrorism

Terrorist groups, individuals returning to Europe from areas of conflict, and individuals adhering to various forms of extremist ideologies, continue to make threats to conduct attacks in Belgium and across Europe. Groups adhering to various ideologies have conducted attacks in the past. Brussels hosts a number of international institutions, including the European Union and NATO, which are sensitive locations and could be targeted by terrorists.