The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade provides advice on security risks in a number of destinations. This advice is based on information from a variety of sources. It reflects risks, and our assessment of what these might mean for New Zealanders. Our assessment may also take account of the actions local authorities are taking to minimise the risk, and our ability to provide you with assistance.
On 17 August 2018 we altered the headline language attached to our travel advisory levels. We did not change the way in which advisories are prepared, the substance of the advisories, or the thresholds for the different levels. We simply changed our description of the four levels.
The new advice levels correspond to the previous system as follows:
Exercise normal safety and security precautions (previously “no significant security risk”)
Exercise increased caution (previously “some risk”)
Avoid non-essential travel (previously “high risk”)
Do not travel (previously “extreme risk”)
Do not travel
This advice usually applies to areas where there is conflict, warfare or ongoing violent civil unrest, or we have reason to believe there is a heightened threat to New Zealanders. New Zealanders in these areas should be aware of the limits on consular assistance that can be provided. The New Zealand Government may not be able to assist you if you are detained, injured, or otherwise prevented from leaving these areas. If you are in one of these areas you should consider departing as soon as it is safe to do so, and should not expect that the New Zealand Government will facilitate your departure. (Note: prior to 17 August 2018 this level was described as "Extreme risk").
We now advise that New Zealanders do not travel to Australia.
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