Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

Do not travel overseas at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, associated health risks and widespread travel restrictions. This do not travel advisory (level 4 of 4) applies to all destinations except Australia and the Cook Islands....Read more

Do not travel overseas at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, associated health risks and widespread travel restrictions. This do not travel advisory (level 4 of 4) applies to all destinations except Australia and the Cook Islands....Read more

Exercise increased caution in Australia and the Cook Islands (level 2 of 4). Quarantine-free travel is now available between New Zealand and Australia, and between New Zealand and the Cook Islands....Read more

Exercise increased caution in Australia and the Cook Islands (level 2 of 4). Quarantine-free travel is now available between New Zealand and Australia, and between New Zealand and the Cook Islands....Read more

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Afghanistan

Afghanistan

The New Zealand Embassy in Iran (accredited to Afghanistan) has now reopened and has the ability to provide consular services again.

Regional tensions 
On 3 January 2020, an Iranian military commander and Iraqi paramilitary leaders were killed in a U.S. airstrike near Baghdad International Airport.

The security situation in the Middle East region is unpredictable and may become increasingly volatile.

Ethiopia

Ethiopia

Temporary Post Closure
Due to the increasing suspension of airlinks and unprecedented operational pressures, New Zealand has temporarily withdrawn staff from its Embassy in Ethiopia. Consular services in country are unavailable until further notice.

Barbados

Barbados

Post Closure
Due to the increasing suspension of airlinks and unprecedented operational pressures, New Zealand has temporarily withdrawn staff from its High Commission in Barbados. Consular services in country are unavailable until further notice.

Eswatini

Eswatini

On 19 April 2018, King Mswati III announced that Swaziland had officially changed its name to Eswatini.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is not issuing a specific travel advisory for Eswatini at this time.

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

Estonia

Estonia

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is not issuing a specific travel advisory for Estonia at this time.

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

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

Eritrea

Eritrea

Violent Crime
Street crime is rare but is increasingly happening in cities and towns, particularly pickpocketing against foreigners. Armed banditry is common near the border with Djibouti, along the coast north of Massawa, and on some rural roads.

Egypt

Egypt

Regional Tensions
On 3 January 2020, an Iranian military commander and Iraqi paramilitary leaders were killed in a U.S. airstrike near Baghdad International Airport.

The security situation in the Middle East region is unpredictable and may become increasingly volatile.

El Salvador

El Salvador

Violent crime
El Salvador has one of the highest crime and homicide rates in Latin America. Violent crime is common, widespread and often involves firearms. It is a serious problem throughout El Salvador and is escalating dramatically. Much of this crime is drug and gang related and foreigners are not usually targeted, however tourists have been the victims of serious crime in the past, including armed robbery, kidnapping, murder, carjacking and assault.

Ecuador

Ecuador

Civil Unrest
Protests and demonstrations are common in Ecuador, particularly in major cities, and have on occasion resulted in violence.