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Allianz Partners uses the travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) to measure the potential risks of travelling to certain countries or regions. These MFAT updates are added to our website for your information.

Allianz Partners strongly consider MFAT’s advice in our decision on whether to provide cover in a region. It is therefore advisable to check this page regularly or on MFAT’s Safe Travel to understand the risk level of your holiday destination. The following information indicates risk levels.

Extreme risk: MFAT advise against all travel. This is usually to areas where there is a perceived heightened threat to New Zealanders.

High risk: Avoid all tourist and non-essential travel.

Some risk: Signifies a level of risk and caution is advisable.

No risk: No advice is given to these countries, though normal common sense should be applied as you would at home.

Sometimes MFAT issue a destination update but no change to the risk levels. If you are unsure if you are covered due to a Safe Travel advisory, please call us on 0800 161 810 or refer to the Policy Wording for more details.

Travel Advice: Brazil

Feb 11 2019 12:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Brazil.

There is no change to our advice level.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders exercise increased caution due to violent crime.


Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/brazil

Travel Advice: Venezuela

Feb 8 2019 7:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Venezuela.

There is a change to our travel advisory advice level.

We now advise that New Zealanders do not travel to Venezuela due to ongoing high levels of violent crime, the potential for violent civil unrest, political uncertainty and shortages of food, medicine and other basic supplies.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders do not travel as there is a risk of kidnapping due to drug traffickers and illegal armed groups operating within 80 kilometres of the border with Colombia, particularly in the States of Zulia, Tachira and Apure.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/venezuela

Travel Advice: Singapore

Feb 8 2019 11:00AM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Singapore.

There is some change to our travel advice level.

We now advise that New Zealanders exercise normal safety and security precautions in Singapore due to the underlying threat of terrorism.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/singapore

Travel Advice: Cambodia

Feb 5 2019 12:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Cambodia.

There is some change to our travel advice level.

We now advise that New Zealanders exercise normal safety and security precautions in Cambodia due to violent crime.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/cambodia

Travel Advice: Egypt

Feb 1 2019 10:30AM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Egypt.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has made a factual update to its Egypt travel advisory to include the following information:

On 28 December 2018, a roadside blast killed 3 Vietnamese tourists and a local tour guide on a bus near the Giza pyramids. Several others were wounded in the attack.

There are no other changes to the advisory, and our advice levels remain the same.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/egypt

Travel Advice: The Maldives

Jan 28 2019 3:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for The Maldives.

There is no change to our travel advice levels.

We continue to advise New Zealanders to exercise increased caution on Male Island due to crime and the potential for civil unrest, and to exercise normal safety and security precautions elsewhere in the Maldives.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/maldives

Travel Advice: Lebanon

Jan 28 2019 1:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Lebanon.

There is some change to our travel advice levels.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders do not travel to Palestinian refugee camps, within 5 kilometres of the Syrian and Israeli border, to the north-eastern Bekaa Valley region extending east and north of Rayek, south of the Litani River, and the southern suburbs (Dahiyeh) of Beirut due to the unpredictable security situation, significant threat of terrorism and risk of kidnapping.

We now advise that New Zealanders avoid non-essential travel to Tripoli and Northern Lebanon, north of the line from Sir Ed Dinniyeh to Laboue, due to the unpredictable security situation, threat of terrorism and risk of kidnapping, and exercise increased caution elsewhere in Lebanon due to the threat of terrorism and crime.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/lebanon

Travel Advice: Switzerland

Jan 25 2019 2:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Switzerland.

There is no change to our travel advisory advice level.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders exercise normal safety and security precautions in Switzerland.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/switzerland

Travel Advice: Afghanistan

Jan 25 2019 12:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Afghanistan.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders do not travel to Afghanistan. The hostile and unpredictable security situation, high and ongoing threat of terrorism and kidnapping of foreigners presents a significant risk to New Zealanders in Afghanistan. New Zealanders currently in Afghanistan are advised to depart as soon as it is safe to do so.

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.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/afghanistan

Travel Advice: Tajikistan

Jan 23 2019 2:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Tajikistan.

There is no change to our travel advisory advice levels.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders:

avoid all non-essential travel to areas bordering Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan due to security concerns, and the presence of landmines.

avoid all non-essential travel to the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast due to the uncertain security situation.

exercise increased caution elsewhere in Tajikistan due to the threat from terrorism.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/tajikistan

Travel Advice: Colombia

Jan 23 2019 9:00AM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Colombia.

We have made a factual update to our Colombia travel advisory to add information about a recent bomb explosion at a police academy in Bogota.

There are no other substantive changes to the advisory and we continue to advise that New Zealanders:

Do not travel to the cities of Buenaventura and Tumaco, and in the border areas with Ecuador (except the border crossing at Ipiales), Panama (within Choco) and Venezuela due to high levels of criminal activity and the threat of kidnapping;

Avoid non-essential travel to the departments of Arauca, Caqueta, Cauca (except the city of Popayan), Choco (except Quibdo, Nuqui and Bahia Solano), Guainia, Guaviare, Meta (except Villavicencio and Cano Cristales), Narino (except the city of Pasto and the border crossing in Ipiales), Norte de Santander, Putumayo, Vichada and rural areas of northern Antioquia, southern Bolivar, southern Cordoba and southern Valle del Cauca due to the presence of illegal armed groups, and drug-related criminal activity; and

Exercise increased caution elsewhere in Colombia due to violent crime and the threat of terrorism.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/colombia

Travel Advice: Kazakhstan

Jan 22 2019 3:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Kazakhstan.

There is no change to our travel advisory advice level.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders exercise increased caution in Kazakhstan due to terrorism and violent crime.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/kazakhstan

Travel Advice: Jamaica

Jan 18 2019 3:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Jamaica.

There is no change to our advice level.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders exercise increased caution in Jamaica due to violent crime.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/jamaica

Travel Advice: Chile

Jan 17 2019 12:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Chile.

We have made a factual update to the travel advisory for Chile to add further information about small scale bomb attacks in Santiago.

There are no other substantive changes to the advisory and we continue to advise New Zealanders to exercise increased caution in Chile due to the potential for violent civil unrest.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/chile

Travel Advice: Nepal

Jan 15 2019 11:30AM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Nepal.

There is no change to our travel advisory advice level.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders exercise increased caution in Nepal due to the potential for political rallies and protests to result in civil unrest.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/nepal

Travel Advice: Denmark

Jan 14 2019 1:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Denmark.

There is no change to our travel advisory advice level.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders exercise increased caution in Denmark due to the threat of terrorism.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/denmark

Travel Advice: Kyrgyzstan

Dec 18 2018 4:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Kyrgyzstan.

There is no change to our travel advisory advice levels.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders:

- avoid non-essential travel to the Ferghana Valley and areas bordering Uzbekistan and Tajikistan due to the uncertain security situation and the presence of landmines. This includes the regions of Osh, Jalalabad and Batken.

- exercise increased caution elsewhere in Kyrgyzstan due to violent crime, terrorism and the potential for civil unrest.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/kyrgyzstan

Travel Advice: Kuwait

Dec 17 2018 3:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Kuwait.

We continue to advise exercising increased caution in Kuwait due to the threat of terrorism and potential for civil unrest.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/kuwait

Travel Advice: South Sudan

Dec 14 2018 12:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for South Sudan.

There is no change to our travel advice level.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders do not travel to South Sudan due to ongoing armed conflict, civil unrest and violent crime.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/south-sudan

Travel Advice: Tanzania

Dec 7 2018 12:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Tanzania.

There is no change to our travel advice level.

We continue to advise New Zealanders to exercise increased caution in Tanzania due to violent crime, the threat of terrorism and the potential for civil unrest.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/tanzania

Travel Advice: Somalia

Dec 3 2018 3:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Somalia.

There is no change to our travel advisory advice level.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders do not travel to Somalia, including Somaliland. 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.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/somalia

Travel Advice: Guam

Nov 30 2018 3:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Guam.

We continue to advise exercising normal safety and security precautions in Guam.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/guam

Travel Advice: Iran

Nov 29 2018 4:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Iran.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has made a factual update to its travel advisory for Iran.

We have provided some additional wording under General travel advice regarding the following:

Change in currency conversion.

Dual nationality risks for New Zealand/Iranian passport holders.

Restrictions on transferring funds to pay for travel insurance claims/emergency medical treatment.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/iran

Travel Advice: Turkey

Nov 29 2018 2:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Turkey.

There is some change to our advice levels.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders do not travel within 10 kilometres of the border with Syria due to the threat of terrorism, kidnapping and the potential for violence associated with the ongoing conflict in Syria, or to the city of Diyarbakir in south-east Turkey due to the risk of terrorism, civil unrest and the unpredictable security situation.

We also continue to advise that New Zealanders avoid non-essential travel to the provinces of Diyarbakir, Gaziantep, Hakkari, Hatay, Kilis, Mardin, Sanliurfa, Sirnak, Siirt, and Tunceli in south-east Turkey due to the unpredictable security situation and the threat of terrorism and kidnapping.

We now advise that New Zealanders exercise increased caution elsewhere in Turkey, including in Ankara and Istanbul, due to the heightened threat of terrorism and the potential for civil unrest.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/turkey

Travel Advice: Malaysia

Nov 28 2018 1:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Malaysia.

There is no change to our travel advisory advice levels.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders avoid non-essential travel to coastal areas of eastern Sabah (from Kudat to Tawau, including Sandakan, Lahad Datu, Kunak and Semporna, including the offshore islands and dive sites) due to the risk of kidnapping.

Elsewhere in Malaysia we continue to advise exercising increased caution due to the threat of terrorism, crime and the potential for civil unrest and we advise caution.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/malaysia

Travel Advice: Algeria

Nov 26 2018 3:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Algeria.

There is no change to our travel advisory advice levels, but we have increased the - Do not travel - within 30km of the border regions mentioned below, to 50km.

We advise do not travel within 50 kilometres of the border regions with Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Tunisia due to a heightened threat from terrorism and kidnapping.

We continue to advise avoiding non-essential travel to the mountainous region of Kabylie and the wilayas (provinces) of Annaba, Bechar, Biskra, El Bayadh, El Taref, Jijel, Khenchela, Laghouat, Skikda, Souk Ahras due to the threat of terrorism, banditry and kidnapping.

Elsewhere in Algeria we continue to advise exercising increased caution due to the potential for civil unrest and the threat of terrorism.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/algeria

Travel Advice: Peru

Nov 26 2018 1:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Peru.

There is no change to our travel advice levels, but we have now included some additional advice under - Avoid non-essential travel.

We now advise that New Zealanders avoid non-essential travel to within 20 kilometres of the border with Colombia and Ecuador due to the presence of drug traffickers, the occasional presence of armed guerrilla forces, and landmines. Avoid crossing the border with Colombia by land.

Elsewhere in Peru we continue to advise exercising increased caution due to violent crime.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/peru

Travel Advice: Pakistan

Nov 26 2018 11:30AM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Pakistan.

There is no change to our travel advisory advice levels, but we have now included some additional advice under - Do not travel.

We now advise that New Zealanders do not travel to the Federally-Administered Tribal Areas, Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), and border areas with Afghanistan and India (excluding the Wagah official border crossing point) 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.

We continue to advise avoiding non-essential travel elsewhere in Pakistan due to the threat of terrorism, the risk of kidnapping, potential for civil unrest and the unpredictable security situation. New Zealanders in Pakistan with concerns for their safety should consider leaving the country.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/pakistan

Travel Advice: Libya

Nov 23 2018 2:30PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for Libya.

There is no change to our travel advice level.

We continue to advise that New Zealanders do not travel to Libya due to ongoing conflict and the threat of terrorism and kidnapping. New Zealanders currently in Libya are strongly advised to depart immediately.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/libya

Travel Advice: United States of America

Nov 20 2018 4:00PM
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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advice for United States of America.

There is no change to our advice level.

We continue to advise New Zealanders to exercise increased caution in the USA due to the threat of terrorism.

Click on the link to read the travel advisory:
http://safetravel.govt.nz/united-states-america

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