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Central African Republic

Central African Republic

Civil Unrest/Political Tension
There is sustained violence in CAR and the security situation is unstable and dangerous. Rebel activity, inter-communal tensions and lawlessness is prevalent throughout the country and despite the presence of international peacekeeping forces the potential for sectarian violence remains high.

The security situation in the capital, Bangui, remains fragile and there continue to be reports of violence, killing and looting.

Cyprus

Cyprus

The Government of the Republic of Cyprus exercises control in the (Greek Cypriot) southern part of the island. The northern part operates under an autonomous Turkish Cypriot administration, with a United Nations peacekeeping force controlling the buffer zone (or “green line”) between them. As New Zealand does not recognize the Turkish Cypriot administration, assistance to New Zealanders in the northern part of Cyprus is limited.

Eritrea

Eritrea

Violent Crime
Street crime is rare but is increasingly happening in cities and towns, including Asmara, particularly pickpocketing against foreigners. Armed banditry is common near the border with Sudan, and Djibouti along the coast north of Massawa, and on some rural roads.

Serbia

Serbia

Civil Unrest
Protests and demonstrations occur from time to time in Serbia, particularly in major towns and cities like Belgrade, and occasional unrest along the border with Kosovo remains possible. These can cause major traffic delays and disruptions to public transport.

Niue

Niue

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

Visitors to Niue need to pre-book their accommodation for the duration of their stay prior to arrival. This information will be needed to complete entry requirements upon landing.

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

India

India

Terrorism
There is a significant threat of terrorism in India. Terrorist groups have in the past issued statements threatening to carry out attacks in India. In some areas terrorist incidents are frequent, especially Jammu and Kashmir and less frequently in parts of the northeast. There are multiple threat actors that conduct attacks in India and attribution of responsibility can be difficult.

China

China

Chengdu Post Closure
Due to the increasing suspension of airlinks and unprecedented operational pressures, New Zealand has temporarily withdrawn staff from its Consulate-General in Chengdu. Consular services for New Zealanders in Chengdu will be provided by the New Zealand Embassy in Beijing until further notice.

Colombia

Colombia

Domestic travel
Illegal armed groups are active throughout Colombia and present a significant risk to safety. Armed groups have been linked to kidnapping, terrorism and violent crime. In some parts of the country, the authority of the Colombian state is limited and travel can be dangerous. The risk is highest in remote and rural areas and in any area with drug production.  

New Caledonia

New Caledonia

Crime
Violent crime towards foreigners is not common. Foreigners may experience opportunistic crime, such as roadblocks, car theft and stone throwing. Walking alone or travelling after dark is not recommended and if travelling by road, car doors should be locked and windows up. Dangerous driving is not uncommon – exercise caution on open roads at night.