Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

Travel advisory risk levels

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.

 

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Extreme risk

We advise against all 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.

Afghanistan

There is extreme risk to your security in Afghanistan and we advise against all travel. The hostile and unpredictable security situation, high and ongoing threat from terrorism and kidnapping of foreigners present a significant risk to New Zealanders in Afghanistan. New Zealanders currently in Afghanistan with concerns for their safety are advised to depart. 

New Zealanders who decide to travel to Afghanistan against our advice should ensure that appropriate personal security protection measures are in place at all times. We strongly recommend you consult a reputable security company with experience in Afghanistan for advice on security arrangements. Security arrangements should be reviewed on a regular basis. Such measures may mitigate the risks to your safety but cannot eliminate them entirely. 

Algeria

There is extreme risk to your security in the border regions with Libya, Mauritania, Mali, Niger and Tunisia due to a heightened threat from terrorism and kidnapping. We advise against all travel to within 450 kilometres of the border with Mali and Niger and within 100 kilometres of the border with Libya, Mauritania and Tunisia. 

Azerbaijan

There is extreme risk to your security in the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the surrounding military-occupied area due to political tension and the potential for armed conflict. We advise against all travel to this area.

Burkina Faso

There is extreme risk to your security in areas north of the town of Boulsa.  We advise against all travel to these areas due to the threat of kidnapping, terrorism and armed banditry.  

There is extreme risk to your security within 20 kilometres of the borders with Mali and Niger due to the threat of kidnapping, terrorism and armed banditry.

Burundi

There is extreme risk to your security in Burundi due to the unpredictable security situation, potential for violent civil unrest, threat of terrorism and violent crime.  We advise against all travel. 

New Zealanders currently in Burundi are advised to depart by commercial means as soon as it is safe to do so.  International airports and land borders could be subject to closure with little warning. 

Cameroon

There is extreme risk to your security in the Far North region due to the threat from terrorism, kidnapping and armed banditry. We advise against all travel to this area. 

There is extreme risk to your security in the Bakassi peninsula region and within 40 kilometres of the borders with the Central African Republic, Chad and Nigeria’s Adamawa state. Armed bandits are known to operate in these areas and there is the potential for crossborder attacks and kidnappings. We advise against all travel to these areas. 

Central African Republic

There is extreme risk to your security in Central African Republic (CAR) due to the unstable security situation, activities of armed rebel groups and the high level of violent crime. We advise against all travel.

New Zealanders currently in CAR are advised to depart as soon as it is safe to do so.

New Zealanders who remain in CAR against our advice should avoid any unnecessary travel, keep a low profile, maintain a high degree of personal security awareness and take all possible security precautions to protect their safety. We recommend ensuring you have adequate stocks of essential supplies on hand, and monitor media reports and local information sources closely to keep up to date on the security situation. 

Chad

There is extreme risk to your security outside the capital N’Djamena due to the threat of terrorism and kidnapping, the presence of armed militants and the unpredictable security situation and we advise against all travel.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

There is extreme risk to your security in eastern and north-eastern regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), including the provinces of Haut-Uele, Haut Lomami, Ituri, Maniema, Tanganyika, North and South Kivu and within 50 kilometres of the border with the Central African Republic. We advise against all travel to these areas due to the unstable security situation, ongoing armed conflict and violent crime. 

Djibouti

There is extreme risk to your security in the area bordering Eritrea and we advise against all travel to this area. A long-running border dispute has caused tensions between Djibouti and Eritrea. The security situation remains fragile and further conflict is a possibility.

Ecuador

There is extreme risk to your security within 20 kilometres of the border with Colombia due to the threat from kidnapping and organised and drug-related crime and we advise against all travel to this area.

Egypt

There is extreme risk to your security in the Governorate of North Sinai, including the Suez-Taba road, due to the threat of terrorism, kidnapping and the presence of armed groups and we advise against all travel. 

There is extreme risk to your security within 50 kilometres of the border with Libya (with the exception of Siwa Oasis) due to the threat of terrorism, kidnapping and the presence of armed groups and we advise against all travel to this area.

Eritrea

There is extreme risk to your security in the border areas with Sudan, Ethiopia and Djibouti, due to ongoing tensions in Eritrea’s relations with these countries, the presence of landmines and the risk of violence, including armed banditry. We advise against all travel within 25 kilometres of these borders, including the town of Teseney, and areas north and west of Barentu, Ak’ordat and Nakh’fa.

Ethiopia

There is extreme risk to your security in the border areas with Somalia, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan and Eritrea and we advise against all travel within 10 kilometres of these borders. The border with Eritrea remains closed due to the an unsettled border dispute and is a militarised zone where the possibility of armed conflict between Ethiopian and Eritrean forces continues to exist. 

We advise against all travel to the Danakil desert area (east of the Dessie-Adigrat road and north of the Dessie-Djibouti road).  

We advise against all travel to most parts of the Somali region, specifically the Nogob (previously Fik), Jarar (previously Degehabur), Shabelle (previously Gode), Korahe and Dollo (previously Warder) zones and within 100 kilometres of the border with Somalia in the Afder and Liben zones. 

We advise against all travel to certain parts of the Gambella region (the districtsof Akobo, Wantawo, Jikawo and Lare in the Nuer zone and Jore district in the Agnuak zone).  

There is a significant threat to your security in these areas due to cross border tensions, the activities of armed militant groups, the risk of kidnapping and armed banditry and the presence of landmines.

Georgia

There is extreme risk to your security in the regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia and the areas immediately surrounding them and we advise against all travel.  Terrorist and criminal activity and unexploded mines and ordnance makes travel to these areas extremely dangerous.   

As these regions are not under the control of Georgian authorities, the New Zealand Government has a severely limited ability to provide assistance to New Zealand citizens.  

There is extreme risk to your security in the Pankisi Gorge (north of Akhmeta) due to the possibility of militant or terrorist activity and we advise against all travel to this area. 

Guinea

There is extreme risk to your security in the border regions with Sierra Leone, Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire due to cross-border military and rebel activity and the threat of banditry.  We advise against all travel to these areas.  

Guinea-Bissau

There is extreme risk to your security in the northwest part of the country that borders the Casamance region in Senegal due to incidents of armed banditry and the presence of armed rebel groups.  We advise against all travel to this area and against crossing the border into Senegal by land.  

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.

Iran

There is extreme risk to your security in the border areas with Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq due to the threat of terrorism and violent crime.  We advise against all travel within 100km of the entire Iran/Afghanistan border; within 10km of the Iraq border and east of the line running from Bam to Jask close to the Pakistan border. 

Iraq

There is extreme risk to your security in Iraq, including Kurdistan, due to the volatile and unpredictable security situation, ongoing threat of terrorism, and significant risk of kidnapping.  The threat to foreigners in Iraq, including New Zealanders, is extremely high and we advise against all travel.  

New Zealanders currently in Iraq with concerns for their safety are strongly advised to depart immediately. 

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There is extreme risk to your security in the occupied Palestinian territory of Gaza (including the waters off Gaza). We advise against all travel due to the unpredictable security situation, threat of kidnapping and potential for retaliatory military operations. 

New Zealanders currently in Gaza are advised to depart as soon as it is safe to do so. The New Zealand government has an extremely limited ability to provide assistance to New Zealand nationals in Gaza. 

There is extreme risk to your security in Sheba’a Farms and Ghajjar located along the border with Lebanon (the “Blue Line”). We advise against all travel due to the possibility of rocket fire, militant activity and military operations. 

There is extreme risk to your security within three kilometers of the border with Syria due to the possibility of rocket fire, militant activity and military operations and we advise against all travel to the border area. 

Japan

There is extreme risk associated with travel to Area 3 near the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, as identified on the Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry website.  We advise against all travel to this area due to the risk of radiation. 

Kenya

There is extreme risk to your security in areas bordering Somalia due to the significant threat of terrorism, kidnapping and cross-border attacks and we advise against all travel to these areas. This includes Garissa county, Mandera county and areas within 60 kilometres of the entire border with Somalia, including Kiwayu and coastal areas north of Pate Island. 

There is extreme risk to your security in the border areas with Ethiopia and South Sudan and we advise against all travel within 30 kilometres of these borders. Cross-border kidnapping and armed banditry make these border areas extremely unsafe.

Lebanon

There is extreme risk to your security in the North Governorate (including the city of Tripoli), the Palestinian refugee camps, within 5 kilometres of the Syrian border, in all regions in the Bekaa Valley north of Rayek, south of the Litani River and the southern suburbs (Dahiyeh) of Beirut. We advise against all travel to these areas due to the unpredictable security situation, significant threat of terrorism and risk of kidnapping.

Libya

There is extreme risk to your security in Libya and we advise against all travel. The unpredictable security situation and the threat from terrorism and kidnapping presents a significant risk to New Zealanders in Libya. New Zealanders currently in Libya are strongly advised to depart immediately. 

As there is no New Zealand diplomatic presence in Libya, the ability of the government to assist New Zealand citizens is severely limited. The British Embassy, which has previously provided emergency assistance to New Zealanders in Libya, has closed due to the security situation. 

Madagascar

There is extreme risk to your security at Batterie Beach, north of Tuléar, due to violent crime and we advise against all travel to this area. 

Mali

There is extreme risk to your security in Mali due to the unpredictable security situation, threat of terrorism and risk of kidnapping and armed banditry.  We advise against all travel.

 

Mauritania

There is extreme risk to your security in eastern and northern regions of Mauritania, particularly in the border areas with Mali, and Western Sahara due to the activities of extremist groups and the risk of banditry and kidnapping. Land mines are present along the border with Western Sahara.   

We advise against all travel to the provinces of Tiris Zemmour, Adrar, Tagant, Hodh ech Chargui, Hodh El Gharbi, Assaba, Guidimaka, Dakhlet-Nouadhibou and Inchiri (with the exception of the Nouakchott to Nouadhibou corridor). 

Morocco

There is extreme risk to your security in Western Sahara (a non-self-governing territory under Moroccan control), within 50 kilometres north and west of the Berm and all areas south and east of the Berm due to the threat posed by unexploded landmines. We advise against all travel to these regions. 

Niger

There is extreme risk to your security in Niger outside the capital Niamey due to the threat of terrorism and kidnapping, the presence of armed militants and the unpredictable security situation. We advise against all travel outside the capital. 

Nigeria

There is extreme risk to your security in the north-eastern states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, and Yobe and we advise against all travel. There is an ongoing significant threat from terrorism and a very high threat of kidnapping in these areas. Any New Zealanders currently in these areas are advised to leave immediately.  

There is extreme risk to your security in the delta states of Abia, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bayelsa, Delta, and Rivers (including Port Harcourt and Bonny Island) and the riverine areas of Cross River state in the south east of the country and we advise against all travel. The significant risk of kidnapping, armed attacks against foreign oil companies and expatriate workers, localised conflict and violent civil unrest present an extreme risk to safety in these areas. 

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. 

Panama

There is extreme risk to your security in the Darien Gap, south of the town of Yaviza, due to violent crime and the presence of drug traffickers and armed guerrilla forces.  We advise against all travel to this area, which includes the Darien National Park, nature reserves and tourist resorts. 

Philippines

There is extreme risk to your security throughout central and western Mindanao, including in the provinces of Sarangani, South Cotabato, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Lanao del Norte, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay and in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (including the provinces of Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi Tawi).  We advise against all travel to these areas. The very high threat of terrorist activity, kidnapping and violent clashes between the military/police and terrorist or rebel groups makes travel to these areas extremely dangerous.

Russian Federation

There is extreme risk to your security in Chechnya, Dagestan, Ingushetia, Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachai-Cherkessia, Republic of North Ossetia and the south-east parts of Stavropol Krai in the North Caucasian Federal District. Terrorism, kidnapping and military activity in these areas presents a significant risk to security. We advise against all travel to these areas.

There is extreme risk to your security within 10 kilometres of the border with the Ukrainian Donetsk and Lugansk Oblasts due to ongoing violent conflict and the volatile security situation. We advise against all travel in this border region.

Somalia

There is extreme risk to your security in Somalia and we advise against all travel. New Zealanders currently in Somalia are advised to leave. There is a significant threat from terrorism, kidnapping, armed conflict and a high level of violent crime throughout the country.

New Zealanders who decide to travel to Somalia against our advice should ensure that appropriate personal security protection measures are in place at all times. We strongly recommend you consult a reputable security company with experience in Somalia for advice on security arrangements. Security arrangements should be reviewed on a regular basis. Such measures may mitigate the risks to your safety but cannot eliminate them entirely. No part of Somalia can be considered safe. This includes large cities such as Mogadishu and Kismayo.

South Sudan

There is extreme risk to your security in South Sudan due to ongoing armed conflict, civil unrest and violent crime and we advise against all travel. 

New Zealanders currently in South Sudan are advised to depart as soon as it is safe to do so. 

Sudan

There is extreme risk to your security in the Darfur region, the Red Sea state border with Eritrea, the Abyei region, Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states, and areas of Northern Kordofan and White Nile states south of the Kosti-El Obeid-En Nahud road.  We advise against all travel to these areas due to the threat of armed conflict and terrorism and the high level of violent crime, including kidnapping. 

Syria

There is extreme risk to your security in Syria and we advise against all travel due to the ongoing civil war and extremely dangerous security situation. 

There is a significant risk of kidnapping throughout Syria. A number of foreign nationals have been targeted and some have been murdered. 

New Zealanders currently in Syria are advised to depart as soon as it is safe to do so. As there is no New Zealand diplomatic presence in Syria, the ability of the government to assist New Zealand citizens requiring consular assistance is severely limited. 

Thailand

There is an extreme risk to your security in the southernmost provinces of Narathiwat, Yala, Pattani and Songkhla due to ongoing politically-motivated and criminal violence, which occurs on an almost daily basis. We advise against all travel to these provinces. The Thai Government has warned tourists not to travel to these areas.

The Republic of the Congo

There is extreme risk to your security in Likouala department due to the unsettled security situation and the large presence of displaced people from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). We advise against all travel to this area.

Tunisia

There is extreme risk to your security in the Chaambi Mountains National Park, near the border with Algeria. We advise against all travel to this area due to ongoing armed conflict between Tunisian security forces and militant groups.  

There is extreme risk to your security in the military zone south of the towns of El Borma and Dhehiba and within 50 kilometres of the border with Libya due to the threat of terrorism, kidnapping and the presence of armed groups. We advise against all travel to these areas.

Turkey

There is extreme risk to your security within 10 kilometres of the border with Syria due to the threat of terrorism and kidnapping and the potential for violence associated with the ongoing conflict in Syria. We advise against all travel to this area. 

There is extreme risk to your security in the city of Diyarbakir, in south-east Turkey, due to ongoing security force operations in the Sur district and we advise against all travel. 

Uganda

There is extreme risk to your security in the Karamoja region in north-eastern Uganda due to the threat of banditry, violent crime and armed clashes.  We advise against all travel to this area.  

There is extreme risk to your security within 30 kilometres of the border with South Sudan due to the threat of banditry and other violent crime and we advise against all travel.

Ukraine

There is extreme risk to your security in Crimea due to the uncertain security situation and we advise against all travel to Crimea.  

There is extreme risk to your security in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions due to ongoing violent conflict and the volatile security situation. We advise against all travel to these regions. 

New Zealanders currently in Crimea and the Donetsk and Luhansk regions are advised to depart as soon as it is safe to do so. The New Zealand Government is severely limited in its ability to provide consular assistance to New Zealand citizens in these areas.

Venezuela

There is extreme risk to your security within 80 kilometres of the border with Colombia, particularly in the states of Zulia, Tachira and Apure. Drug traffickers and illegal armed groups operate in these areas and there is a risk of kidnapping. New Zealanders should not cross the Venezuela-Colombia border by land and we advise against all travel to these areas.

Yemen

There is extreme risk to your security in Yemen and we advise against all travel.  Political instability, the volatile and dangerous security situation and the very high threat of terrorism and kidnapping by terrorist or criminal groups present a significant risk to New Zealanders in Yemen.   

New Zealanders currently in Yemen, who are able to depart safely, are advised to do so immediately.   

As there is no New Zealand diplomatic presence in Yemen, the ability of the government to assist New Zealand citizens is severely limited.  The United Kingdom and United States Embassies in Yemen have closed due to the deteriorating security situation and will not be in a position to provide assistance to New Zealand citizens.  You should take this absence of available consular assistance into consideration if you decide to remain in Yemen against our advice. 

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