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Ethiopia: Civil Unrest

Reviewed: 26 June 2019, 12:10 NZST

On 22 June 2019, Ethiopia experienced two incidents of political violence directed against government officials in Bahir Dar and Addis Ababa.  There is a heightened presence of police and security forces throughout the country, and the internet (including mobile internet) and SMS/text messaging services have been shut down. New Zealanders in Ethiopia are advised to exercise vigilance throughout the country and avoid all protests, demonstra...read more

Hong Kong: Ongoing Protests

Reviewed: 14 June 2019, 15:20 NZST

Large demonstrations have taken place in Hong Kong recently, notably in the areas of Admiralty, Tamar Park and the Central Government Complex. Further protests are possible, and traffic may be disrupted.     New Zealanders in Hong Kong are advised to avoid all protests and demonstrations, as even those intended to be peaceful have the potential to turn violent. New Zealanders are also advised to monitor local media for development...read more

Sudan: Civil Unrest

Reviewed: 12 June 2019, 13:15 NZST

Protests have intensified in Khartoum and across Sudan. On 3 June 2019, at least 100 protesters were reportedly killed and many more injured by Sudanese security services. The security situation could deteriorate quickly. New Zealanders in Sudan are advised to monitor local media for developments and avoid all demonstrations, protests and large public gatherings as they have the potential to turn violent. You should adhere to any curfews put in ...read more

Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo: Ebola Virus

Reviewed: 12 June 2019, 10:00 NZST

Outbreaks of Ebola occur in the Democratic Republic of Congo ('DRC'), often in remote areas. On 11 June 2019, the Ugandan government also confirmed an outbreak of Ebola in Kasese District in western Uganda, originating in the neighbouring DRC. Travellers to the DRC and Uganda should consult a travel medicine clinic or medical practitioner 4 to 8 weeks before the journey to determine the need for any vaccinations and antimalar...read more

Venezuela: Civil Unrest

Reviewed: 3 May 2019, 16:35 NZST

On Tuesday 30 April 2019, violent clashes erupted in Caracas. On Wednesday, both pro and anti-government supporters held demonstrations in Caracas that were initially peaceful but there were reports of gunfire and violence. The clashes between opposition supporters and the security forces resulted in one death and at least 46 people injured. The political and economic situation remains very unstable. We continue to advise “do not travel to...read more

Sri Lanka: Explosions in and near Colombo

Updated: 23 April 2019, 11:36 NZST

On 21 April 2019, multiple bomb blasts occurred at churches and hotels in Colombo and other parts of Sri Lanka causing 290 deaths and 500 injuries. New Zealanders throughout Sri Lanka are advised to exercise a high degree of personal security awareness at all times, be alert during religious or national festivals, avoid large public gatherings and exercise caution in areas with large crowds. Further attacks, including low-scale or opportunistic ...read more

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