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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

The security and economic situation in Sri Lanka has stabilised since the widespread shortages and associated large protests and consequent changes in political leadership in mid-2022. There are still some sporadic shortages (e.g. of some medicines and imported foods), economic position of the country remains fragile, and living conditions of Sri Lankans have significantly deteriorated since early 2022.

Malaysia

Malaysia

Terrorism
There is a continued risk of terrorist groups planning attacks in South East Asia, including Malaysia. While there have not been any attacks in Malaysia since 2016, Malaysian authorities have successfully disrupted a number of plots.

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.

Sweden

Sweden

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 Sweden and across Europe.  Groups adhering to various ideologies have conducted attacks in the past. Terrorists are very likely to try and carry out attacks in Sweden, they could be indiscriminate including in places visited by foreigners.

Bolivia

Bolivia

Civil Unrest
Protests may occur at short notice and turn violent without warning. Roadblocks can lead to disruptions to traffic and public transportation, and could last for several days. Previous demonstrations have resulted in the deaths of some protesters.

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. Female travellers should take extra care, and avoid walking alone, particularly at night.

Cook Islands

Cook Islands

Crime
Although the crime rate in the Cook Islands is low, New Zealanders are advised to take care of their belongings and ensure that their accommodation is locked at all times. Thieves may target items (such as phones, cash, ipads) left on the beach or otherwise unsecured in scooters or motorcycles and accommodations.