Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

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Ethiopia

Ethiopia

Care and careful preparation should be taken with all travel in Ethiopia due to ongoing civil unrest and armed conflicts in the northern part of the country, which could spread to new areas without warning. 

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is currently facing a broad and multi-faceted crisis, which has a range of implications for New Zealanders visiting.  

The economic situation has deteriorated significantly since February 2022. There have been large protests, demonstrations and political rallies relating to Sri Lanka’s economic and political crisis. The economic crisis has led to shortages of basic necessities, causing long queues in a range of shops, including supermarkets, petrol stations and pharmacies. 

Europe: Wildfires

Major wildfires are currently impacting parts of Europe, particularly Portugal, Spain, France, Italy and Greece. Fires can move rapidly and be unpredictable.

New Zealanders are advised to follow any instructions issued by the local authorities, such as Fire and Rescue services (including evacuation orders), and to monitor the media to keep up to date with local developments. New Zealanders in the affected places should also let their family know they're okay.

Nicaragua

Nicaragua

Crime
Violent crime, including armed robbery and sexual assault, occurs in Nicaragua, particularly in Managua, Granada and San Juan del Sur, as well as in Bonanza, La Rosita, Siuna and the Corn Islands. New Zealanders in Nicaragua are advised to be security conscious at all times and should avoid walking and travelling at night, particularly to isolated areas.

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea

Violent Crime
The law and order situation in Papua New Guinea continues to pose serious risks to travellers. Violent crime, including armed robbery, carjacking, home invasions and sexual assault, is common throughout the country, especially in urban areas such as Port Moresby, Lae, Madang and Mt Hagen. The settlement areas in these centres  are particularly dangerous.

Mozambique

Mozambique

Terrorism
There is a very high threat from terrorism, especially in the Cabo Delgado province. Terrorists are likely to target foreigners and foreign interests, including in towns and other areas where foreign companies operate.

Ecuador

Ecuador

Civil Unrest
Protests and demonstrations are common in Ecuador, particularly in major cities, and have on occasion resulted in violence.

There were nationwide demonstrations in early October 2019 and June 2022, which caused extensive disruption and road blockades across the country. In major cities these demonstrations became violent and resulted in a number of deaths and injuries.