Latest Travel Alerts and Warnings Travel Advisories

03 December 2023

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. On 7 October 2023, rockets were fired from Gaza across southern and central Israel, including Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. There is currently a large-scale ongoing conflict occurring in areas of southern Israel close to the border with Gaza and within Gaza. Israel has expanded its ground operations in Gaza and military operations are expected to continue. The conflict has the potential to impact the security situation in the wider region.

  2. Advice for travellers to the Solomon Islands for Pacific Games 2023
    New Zealanders heading to this year’s Pacific Games, taking place in the Solomon Islands from 17 November until 02 December 2023, are advised to read the following information, in conjunction with the travel advisory for the Solomon Islands.

  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.

  4. For adventurous New Zealanders, motorcycle travel can seem like a great way to see Viet Nam and travel around the country.  But travellers are reminded of the significant risks associated with motor cycle travel in Viet Nam.  Accidents are common and can result in serious injury and even fatalities.  Rental motorcycles are often poorly maintained and the helmets provided do not meet New Zealand safety standards. Roading conditions also bring additional risks and the riding habits you are used to in New Zealand are likely to differ vastly in Viet Nam.

  5. An attempted coup is underway in Niamey. The situation remains volatile and could escalate without notice. We advise all New Zealanders in Niamey to remain indoors and shelter in place until further notice.

    Violent demonstrations have occurred in Niamey and security forces have used tear gas to disperse crowds. There is a heightened military presence near government buildings, including at the Presidential Palace on Boulevard de la République.

  6. There are ongoing military clashes occurring in Khartoum and other parts of Sudan. We now advise do not travel to Sudan.

    Khartoum International Airport is closed and options for leaving Sudan are extremely limited. There may be ongoing disruptions to critical infrastructure and essential services.

  7. The Ministry of Health is advising people travelling overseas (to any destination) to make sure they are fully immunised against measles before they go. While cases in New Zealand are rare because endemic measles has been eliminated here, the disease is regularly brought into the country through international travel. There are currently significant measles outbreaks overseas including in India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, and Somalia.

Security Travel Alerts form the International Educational Exchange

CIEE Alerts

03 December 2023

Active alerts to communicate any health and safety updates regarding our students on programs.

    As of late Nov. 23, unrest, acts of arson, and clashes are ongoing in central Dublin. Protesters are denouncing an earlier stabbing incident that occurred in Parnell Square. Unruly demonstrators continue to set fires to vehicles in the area and have reportedly set fire to a Holiday Inn Express at the intersection of O'Connell Street and Cathal Brugha Street; a tram has also been set on fire. Authorities deployed heavily to the area and closed several roads to the public, including O'Connell Street. All bus services in the city have been suspended.

    At this time, all CIEE participants have confirmed their safety and responded to our emergency notification system instructing them to avoid the area.  

  • CIEE Security Alert - Thailand

    Heightened security is likely at the Siam Paragon shopping mall in Bangkok through at least early Oct. 4 following an earlier security incident. Shots were reported at the site during the afternoon of Oct. 3. Shoppers evacuated the scene. At least three people were killed and five injured during the apparent attack. The police have arrested the suspected gunman. As of the early evening Oct. 3, BTS Skyway has reportedly closed its connections to Siam Paragon. Siam Paragon shopping mall is also reportedly closed.

    CIEE is currently messaging all participants to confirm the status of their safety. At this time, we have no reports that any CIEE Thailand 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 - Morocco

    A magnitude-6.8 earthquake occurred in Chichaoua Province at around 23:11 Sept. 8. The epicenter was about 56 km (35 miles) west of Oukaimeden. The tremor occurred at a depth of about 18 km (11 miles), and strong shaking was probably felt in areas in the immediate vicinity of the epicenter, with light-to-moderate shaking likely felt in other parts of Morocco. There have been no initial reports of damage or casualties as a result of the earthquake; however, significant damage is possible near the epicenter. It could take several hours until authorities can conduct comprehensive damage assessments, especially in remote areas. Aftershocks are likely over the coming days. Locations primarily impacted by this alert include Agadir, Marrakesh, and Taghazout.

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

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