Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 19 November 2013, 13:54 NZDT
  • Still current at: 6 December 2016

There is an increased global risk of terrorism. No country is immune from a terrorist attack, and no person is immune from becoming a victim of an attack. Terrorists have little regard for civilian casualties and, in many cases, attacks are designed to maximise casualties.

Although New Zealand travellers may not to be targeted deliberately, they are usually indistinguishable from any “Western” tourist, and frequent places where other Western tourists are found. This puts New Zealanders at the same risk as others.

Wherever you are, you should keep yourself informed about the latest alerts and stay aware of your surroundings in areas where large numbers of people congregate, such as shopping malls, markets, monuments, demonstrations and on any public transport.

The most dangerous areas for Western visitors in South Asia are Kashmir and southern Pakistan (especially Karachi) and the tribal areas on the Northwest Frontier. Kidnappings can occur in South Asia, although locals are more likely to be targeted than Westerners.

Westerners are potentially at threat from terrorist groups in Bangladesh.

There is some risk for Westerners in Sri Lanka, Nepal and most parts of India.

Extreme Risk

Destinations in South Asia where we advise against all travel.

India

There is extreme risk to your security in Jammu and Kashmir due to the threat of terrorist activity and ongoing political violence. Despite an overall decline in violent incidents in Jammu and Kashmir in recent years, the potential for violence remains high and we advise against all travel to these areas, with the exception of the Ladakh region via Manali, or by air to Leh.

There is extreme risk to your security in the immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan and we advise against all travel to this area, other than at the international border crossing between Atari, India and Wagah, Pakistan. Landmines pose a risk along some stretches of the India-Pakistan border.

Pakistan

There is extreme risk to your security in the Federally-Administered Tribal Areas, Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), and border areas with India.  We advise against all travel to these areas due to the significant threat of terrorism, the risk of kidnapping and the unpredictable security situation.  Any New Zealanders currently in these areas are advised to depart. 

High Risk

Destinations in South Asia where we advise against tourist and other non-essential travel.

Bangladesh

There is a high risk to your security in Dhaka due to the heightened threat of terrorism and we advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel. 

There is high risk to your security in the Chittagong Hill Tracts region due to the risk of politically-motivated violence and kidnapping.  We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to this region.

India

There is high risk to your security in Manipur state and the areas of Nagaland state that border Myanmar, and Assam state that border Bangladesh, due to the threat of terrorism, politically-motivated violence and cross-border insurgency. We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to these areas.

Pakistan

There is high risk to your security elsewhere in Pakistan due to the threat of terrorism, the risk of kidnapping, potential for civil unrest and the unpredictable security situation and we advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel.  New Zealanders in Pakistan with concerns for their safety should consider leaving the country. 

Some Risk

Destinations in South Asia where we advise caution.

Bangladesh

There is some risk to your security elsewhere in Bangladesh due to the threat of terrorism and civil unrest and we advise caution.

India

There is some risk to your security elsewhere in India, including in New Delhi and Mumbai, due to the continuing threat from terrorism and we advise caution.

Maldives

There is some risk to your security on Malé Island due to the potential for civil unrest and we advise caution. 

There are no significant security issues elsewhere in the Maldives but normal safety and security measures should be taken to ensure personal safety. 

Nepal

There is some risk to your safety in Nepal due to the potential for political rallies and protests to result in civil unrest and we advise caution.

Sri Lanka

There is some risk to your security in Sri Lanka due to civil unrest and landmines in northern and eastern provinces and we advise caution.

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