Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 25 October 2013, 11:02 NZDT
  • Still current at: 22 October 2018

Security

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 are unlikely 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, tourist sites, monuments, demonstrations and on any public transport.

Terrorist attacks have taken place in many major European cities and the region remains vulnerable to attacks from Islamic and other extremist groups.

In Russia, Moscow has experienced a number of bombings carried out by Chechen separatists. They have been responsible for a series of incidents in towns in southern Russia (the northern Caucasus) and particularly the province of Chechnya itself.

In Turkey, Kurdish separatists have carried out attacks in Istanbul and other areas popular with tourists. Such attacks are likely to continue.

Risk Level Extreme

Destinations in Europe where we advise against all travel.

Russian Federation

Do not travel to 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.

Do not travel within 10 kilometres of the border with the Ukrainian Donetsk and Lugansk Oblasts due to ongoing violent conflict and the volatile security situation.

Turkey

Do not travel 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.  

Do not travel to the city of Diyarbakir, in south-east Turkey.

Ukraine

Do not travel to Crimea due to the uncertain security situation. 

Do not travel to Donetsk and Luhansk regions due to ongoing violent conflict and the volatile security situation. 

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.

Risk Level High

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

Kosovo

Avoid non-essential travel to North Mitrovica and the northern municipalities of Leposavic, Zubin Potok and Zvecan due to politically-motivated violence and civil unrest.

Turkey

Avoid non-essential travel to Ankara and Istanbul due to the heightened threat of terrorism and potential for civil unrest. New Zealanders transiting Ankara or Istanbul on their way to other destinations in Turkey are advised to minimise their transit time in Ankara or Istanbul and avoid tourist sites in these two cities. 

Avoid non-essential travel to the provinces of Batman, Bingol, Bitlis, Diyarbakir, Gaziantep, Hakkari, Hatay, Kilis, Mardin, Mus, Sanliurfa, Sirnak, Siirt, Tunceli and Van in south-east Turkey, due to the unpredictable security situation and the threat of terrorism and kidnapping.

Risk Level Some

Destinations in Europe where we advise caution.

Albania

Exercise increased caution in Albania due to the threat of terrorism.

Austria

Exercise increased caution in Austria due to the threat of terrorism.

Belgium

Exercise increased caution in Belgium due to the heightened and ongoing threat of terrorism. 

Denmark

Exercise increased caution in Denmark due to the threat of terrorism.

France

Exercise increased caution in France due to the ongoing threat of terrorism.

Germany

Exercise increased caution in Germany due to the ongoing threat of terrorism. 

Greece

Exercise increased caution in Greece due to the potential for civil unrest and an underlying threat of terrorism.

Italy

Exercise increased caution in Italy due to the threat of terrorism.

Kosovo

Exercise increased caution elsewhere in Kosovo due to the potential for civil unrest.

Moldova

Exercise increased caution in the Transnistria region (northeast Moldova) due to the uncertain security situation.

The New Zealand Government is limited in its ability to provide consular assistance to New Zealand citizens in Moldova, particularly in the Transnistria region.

Norway

Exercise increased caution in Norway due to the threat of terrorism.

Russian Federation

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

Spain

Exercise increased caution in Spain due to the ongoing threat of terrorism. 

Sweden

Exercise increased caution in Sweden due to the threat of terrorism.

The Netherlands

Exercise increased caution in the Netherlands due to the threat of terrorism.

Turkey

Exercise increased caution elsewhere in Turkey due to the heightened threat of terrorism and the potential for civil unrest.

Ukraine

Exercise increased caution elsewhere in Ukraine, including Kyiv, due to the unpredictable security situation and potential for civil unrest.

United Kingdom

Exercise increased caution in the United Kingdom due to the threat of terrorism and crime.

Exercise Normal

Destinations in Europe where we advise normal.

Cyprus

Exercise normal safety and security precautions in Cyprus.

Finland

Exercise normal safety and security precautions in Finland.

Luxembourg

Exercise normal safety and security precautions in Luxembourg.

Moldova

Elsewhere exercise normal safety and security precautions elsewhere in Moldova.

Poland

Exercise normal safety and security precautions in Poland.

Serbia

Exercise normal safety and security precautions in Serbia.

Slovak Republic

Exercise normal safety and security precautions in the Slovak Republic.
 

Switzerland

Exercise normal safety and security precautions in Switzerland.

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