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New Language for Travel Advisories

On Friday 17 August 2018, the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade will change the language it uses to describe our travel advisory levels. Our current travel advisory levels of “no significant risk”, “some risk”, “high risk” and “extreme risk” will be updated to a new four level system:

-   Exercise normal safety and security precautions

-   Exercise increased caution

-   Avoid non-essential travel

-   Do not travel

The substance of our 135 travel advisories will not change, just the language used to headline our advice. We hope that this will make our advisories clearer, and that it will be easier to compare them with advisories issued by other countries. The new advisory level language is very similar to that used by Australia, Canada, Ireland, France and the United States.

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