Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

ALERT - COVID-19 - Do not travel overseas at this time. Due to the difficulty travellers are experiencing returning home, New Zealanders overseas need to take steps to stay safely where they are and shelter in place....Read more

ALERT - COVID-19 - Do not travel overseas at this time. Due to the difficulty travellers are experiencing returning home, New Zealanders overseas need to take steps to stay safely where they are and shelter in place....Read more

  • Reviewed: 2 August 2013, 10:08 NZST
  • Still current at: 10 August 2020

Security

New Zealanders travelling in North Asia should maintain a high level of personal security awareness at all times, especially in commercial and public areas, such as shopping malls, bars, markets, on public transport and in other places frequented by foreigners.

Petty theft such as pick-pocketing and bag snatching is common in parts of North Asia especially at tourist sites. Scams also operate in parts of North Asia. You should familiarise yourself with the types of crime that may occur and locations where you may be particularly at risk.

You should be aware that local laws and penalties, including ones that appear harsh by New Zealand standards, do apply to you. Penalties for drug offences can be severe. If you are arrested or jailed the New Zealand Government will do what it can to help you but cannot get you out of trouble or jail.

Terrorism is an ongoing global threat. No country is immune from terrorist attack and no person is immune from becoming a victim of an attack. Terrorists may attack official or civilian targets. Although New Zealanders may not be targeted deliberately they could be caught up in attacks targeted at others or at western interests.

Typhoons can occur all year round in North Asia and can result in flooding, landslides and disruptions to essential services in affected areas. New Zealanders are advised to monitor local and international weather reports to keep up with developments.

New Zealanders travelling or resident in North Asia should have comprehensive medical and travel insurance policies in place that include provision for medical evacuation by air.

New Zealanders travelling or resident in North Asia are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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