Latest Travel Alerts and Warnings Travel Advisories

02 December 2022

As a first step in planning any trip abroad, check the Travel Advisories for your intended destination.

News and Warnings

Travel Health News and Warnings from New Zealand:
  1. The Russian invasion of Ukraine is ongoing, with attacks and heavy fighting occurring in several areas of Ukraine, including in and around Kyiv and other major cities. There are ongoing reports of gunfire, artillery bombardments, explosions and missile strikes. Civilians are being impacted. There is a real risk to life. There is also concern about military activity and shelling around Ukraine’s nuclear power plants, particularly the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant. We advise New Zealanders in Ukraine to seek shelter in a secure place until you judge it is safe to depart.

  2. Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)The Ugandan government has declared an outbreak of EVD caused by Sudan virus in Uganda. The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals (such as fruit bats, porcupines and non-human primates). EVD is not easily spread between people but can be transmitted by direct contact with infected bodily fluids (such as blood, saliva, urine, vomit or faeces) and contaminated surfaces or materials (such as bedding and clothing).

  3. The Pacific cyclone season runs from 1 November until 30 April.

    New Zealanders travelling to the Pacific are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Travellers who register can be warned if a major cyclone approaches and given advice on precautions to take. We can also make contact with you following a significant cyclone to check on your well-being.

  4. Qatar: FIFA Men’s World Cup 2022

    This information, for New Zealanders planning on travelling to Qatar for the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup beginning on 20 November 2022, should be read in conjunction with the travel advisory for Qatar

    Before you go

    All New Zealanders planning on attending the FIFA Men’s World Cup are encouraged to:

    -          Ensure they have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.

  5. About Monkeypox
    Monkeypox (MPX) is a viral infection that is mainly spread through skin-to-skin contact with someone who has MPX. While it is not very contagious, there has recently been an increase in cases globally. MPX is zoonotic, which means it can pass between animals and humans. 

    Current situation
    MPX is endemic in parts of Central and West Africa. In May 2022 a global outbreak was confirmed and cases have since been reported in more than 80 countries.

  6. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) recently announced that Biosecurity New Zealand is stepping up its work at the border with a campaign to ensure travellers do their part to protect farmers from foot-and-mouth disease.

  7. Kiwis will be excited to be able to travel again after the New Zealand Government announced the next steps to reconnect New Zealanders to the world. This includes removal of the need for vaccinated New Zealanders to self-isolate on return from any country, and dropping the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s global “do not travel” advisory which has been in place since March 2020.

Security Travel Alerts

CIEE Alerts

  • CIEE Security Alert – Seoul, South Korea

    As of early Oct. 30 local time, emergency service personnel are continuing their response to a stampede that occurred at a Halloween event in the Itaewon entertainment district in central Seoul, late Oct. 29. At least 146 people have died, and over 150 others have been injured. Authorities have stated that the death toll could rise. While the exact cause of the incident remains under investigation, local media reports indicate that the stampede occurred when a massive crowd of people began moving toward a bar on a narrow street in the area following reports of a celebrity sighting.

    Some 850 emergency responders have deployed to the site. Authorities have asked all related ministries and agencies to provide aid to the victims. Hospitals in the city have been advised to arrange additional beds to care for the injured.

    CIEE is currently emergency messaging all students to confirm the status of their safety. At this time, we have no reports that any CIEE Korea participants have been impacted by this incident.  As this is a developing situation, we will continue to monitor the situation closely and remain in contact with our participants to ensure their ongoing safety.

  • CIEE Security Alert - Copenhagen

    Police are responding to a shooting incident at the Fields Shopping Center on the island of Amager near Copenhagen on July 3. A large security presence has been deployed. 

    All CIEE Copenhagen participants have reported they are safe and not impacted by this incident. 

  • CIEE Security Alert - Costa Rica

    CIEE is monitoring a tropical storm expected to make landfall in Costa Rica in the evening of July 1 and continue throughout the weekend. The storm is projected to bring heavy rains, flooding, and possible landslides.

    CIEE Costa Rica participants have been notified and precautions set into place. CIEE will continue to monitor the forecasts closely and remain in contact with our participants to ensure their ongoing safety.