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Uganda

Uganda

Terrorism
There is an ongoing threat from terrorism in Uganda. The Somalia-based terrorist group Al-Shabaab has carried out attacks in the past and continue to threaten attacks in Uganda due to its involvement in the military intervention in Somalia. Previous large-scale attacks have killed dozens of people in the capital Kampala. Authorities continue to issue alerts warning of possible threats and have implemented heightened security checks in public places.

The Republic of the Congo

The Republic of the Congo

Violent Crime
Violent crime such as armed robbery and assault is an issue throughout the Republic of the Congo, particularly in rural areas. Street crime such as mugging and bag snatching also occurs, particularly in Brazzaville and Pointe Noire. Foreigners may be specifically targeted due to their perceived wealth. We advise against travelling at night, alone or to isolated areasand recommend avoiding beaches in Pointe Noire.

The Gambia

The Gambia

Political Situation
In January 2017, The Gambia experienced a peaceful transition of power to President Adama Barrow and his coalition government. The political situation has stabilised further, but there is a heightened security presence in the capital, Banjul and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) troops remain in the country.

Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan

Border areas
The security situation in the areas bordering Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan is unstable. There have been occasional incidents of armed conflict involving gunfire. Landmines are also found in the border region with Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Land border crossings are often closed at short notice.

Vanuatu

Crime
The crime rate in Vanuatu is low; however, robberies, assaults and sexual assaults against foreigners do occur, including in their homes, particularly in the capital Port Vila. Risks increase after dark, in isolated locations and if you're alone.

New Zealanders are advised to pay close attention to their security, ensuring that all doors and windows are locked at night and while absent and that valuables are kept in a safe and secure place.

Tanzania

Tanzania

Violent crime
Violent crime, including mugging and robbery, is common in Tanzania, including in Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam. Petty crime, including bag-snatching and pickpocketing, is particularly prevalent in urban areas.

Wallis and Futuna

Wallis and Futuna

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

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

Tajikistan

Tajikistan

Border areas
There have been armed clashes between Tajik security forces and suspected criminal groups in border areas, and both marked and unmarked minefields are present. We advise against venturing off the main roads. The border with Afghanistan remains unstable, as this area is used as a transit point for drugs and other forms of illegal trafficking. Border crossings are often closed at short notice.

Yemen

Yemen

Security Advice
New Zealanders who choose to remain in Yemen against our advice should avoid any unnecessary travel, keep a low profile, maintain a high degree of personal security awareness and take all possible security precautions to ensure their safety.