Latest Travel Alerts and Warnings Travel Advisories

15 August 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. Summary
    Monkeypox is a rare disease that does not easily spread between people.

    Currently there is an outbreak of monkeypox beyond the African continent where it is endemic. On 23 July, the World Health Organisation declared monkeypox a public health emergency of international concern.

    If travelling to countries where monkeypox is present:

  2. Major wildfires are currently impacting parts of Europe, particularly Portugal, Spain, France, Italy and Greece. Fires can move rapidly and be unpredictable.

    New Zealanders are advised to follow any instructions issued by the local authorities, such as Fire and Rescue services (including evacuation orders), and to monitor the media to keep up to date with local developments. New Zealanders in the affected places should also let their family know they're okay.

  3. 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.

  4. Ukraine
    In response to heightened tensions between Russia and Ukraine, we updated our travel advisory for Ukraine on 12 February, advising New Zealanders to leave immediately.

  5. 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.

  6. On 26 August 2021 a terrorist attack occurred in the vicinity of Kabul Hamid Karzai International Airport with explosions taking place outside the Abbey Gate and at a nearby hotel.  

  7. Typhoons and hurricanes are currently affecting areas of Asia and the Americas.

    New Zealanders travelling to Asia and the Americas are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Travellers who register can be warned if a major storm approaches and given advice on precautions to take.

Security Travel Alerts

CIEE Alerts

  • 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.

  • CIEE Security Alert – Barcelona, Spain

    Emergency personnel are responding to a train collision that took place at the Sant Boi de Llobregat station west of Barcelona the evening of May 16. The incident occurred at about 18:00 and involved a freight train and a passenger train. The driver of the freight train was reportedly killed in the accident and at least 85 people have been injured.

    At this time, we have no reason to believe that any CIEE Barcelona participants have been impacted by this incident.  We will continue to monitor the situation closely and remain in contact with our participants to ensure their ongoing safety.