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Reviewed: 28 November 2013, 12:00 NZDT
Still current at: 08 December 2013
There is extreme risk to your security in the Central African Republic (CAR) due to the highly unstable security situation, activities of armed rebel groups and high levels of violent crime. We advise against all travel and recommend New Zealanders currently in the CAR depart as soon as it is safe to do so.
The security situation in the CAR is unstable and dangerous, with rebel activity and lawlessness throughout the country. The security situation in the capital, Bangui, remains volatile and there are reports of looting and violence. A curfew is in place from midnight to 4am.
If you decide to remain in the CAR against our advice, we recommend you exercise extreme caution, keep a low profile, ensure you have adequate stocks of essential supplies on hand, avoid all unnecessary travel and monitor media reports and local information sources closely to keep up to date on the security situation.
Levels of violent crime in the CAR, including armed robbery and sexual assault, are very high and have increased in recent times. We strongly advise against travelling after dark, and walking alone or in isolated areas.
Illegal road blocks are used in some areas to extort money from travelers through bogus fines or intimidation. Road blocks operators may resort to violence in attempts to obtain money or possessions.
General Travel Advice
As there is no New Zealand diplomatic presence in the CAR, the ability of the government to provide consular assistance to New Zealand citizens is severely limited.
New Zealanders travelling or living in the CAR should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air. You should check that your travel insurance policy covers travel in the CAR – exclusions may well apply. Only very limited medical facilities are available in the CAR.New Zealanders in the CAR are strongly encouraged to register with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.