Protests and demonstrations occur regularly in Chile, particularly in central Santiago and other major cities. Dates of national significance such as 11 September (anniversary of the 1973 military coup), 18 October (anniversary of 2019 civil unrest), 29 March (anniversary of the Young Combatant) and 1 May (Workers’ Day) may be a focus for protesters and are often marked by demonstrations. Police may use tear gas and/or water cannons to disperse crowds.
Advice for travellers to the Solomon Islands for Pacific Games 2023
New Zealanders heading to this year’s Pacific Games, taking place in the Solomon Islands from 17 November until 02 December 2023, are advised to read the following information, in conjunction with the travel advisory for the Solomon Islands.
The Pacific cyclone season runs from 1 November until 30 April.
New Zealanders travelling to the Pacific are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Travellers who register can be warned if a major cyclone approaches and given advice on precautions to take.
A heightened threat of terrorism remains throughout France, with a number of serious and particularly violent attacks in the past:
- On 13 October 2023, an individual stabbed and killed a teacher in a school in Arras, northern France and injured three others.
- On 29 October 2020, an individual killed three people in a knife attack in Notre Dame Basilica in Nice.
On 7 October 2023, rockets were fired from Gaza across southern and central Israel, including Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. There is currently a large-scale ongoing conflict occurring in areas of southern Israel close to the border with Gaza and within Gaza. Israel has expanded its ground operations in Gaza and military operations are expected to continue. The conflict has the potential to impact the security situation in the wider region.
On 6 February, 2023, a 7.8 magnitude and 7.7 magnitude earthquake occurred in central and southeastern Türkiye. Provinces affected by the earthquakes include Kahramanmaraş, Gaziantep, Malatya, Diyarbakır, Kilis, Şanlıurfa, Adıyaman, Hatay, Osmaniye, Adana.
The earthquakes caused extensive damage to infrastructure and services, including electricity, water, roads, telecommunications, and sanitation in the affected areas.
Local laws and regulations
New Zealanders in North Korea are advised to follow all local laws and regulations and exercise discretion and caution at all times. Foreigners may be arrested, detained or expelled for activities that would not be considered crimes in New Zealand. North Korean authorities have detained a number of foreign visitors in recent years and consequences can be severe.
Distraction thefts and violent crime, such as armed robbery, are an issue in Argentina, particularly in larger cities like Buenos Aires, Mendoza and Rosario. Petty crime such as pick-pocketing, bag-snatching and mobile phone theft is common, especially in popular tourist and public areas, and on public transport.
In January 2017, The Gambia experienced a peaceful transition of power to President Adama Barrow and his coalition government. The political situation has stabilised further, but Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) troops remain in the country training and assisting domestic security forces.