Latest Travel Alerts and Warnings Travel Advisories

20 March 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. Tropical Cyclone Judy and Tropical Cyclone Kevin have now passed through Vanuatu, with damage to roads and infrastructure reported.

    If you are in an area affected by the cyclone, you should follow the advice of the local authorities (including any evacuation orders). Please also ensure that you keep your family and friends in New Zealand informed of your safety and well-being.

    New Zealanders currently travelling in Vanuatu should follow the guidance of accommodation management.

  2. Protests and demonstrations have been taking place across Peru following the change of government on 7 December 2022, including in the tourist hubs of Cusco, Puno and Arequipa. Some demonstrations have turned violent, and clashes between protestors and security forces have resulted in casualties. These have the potential to continue and spread further. Protests can escalate quickly. 

  3. On 6 February 2023, a 7.8 and 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck in central and south-eastern Türkiye. There have been several strong after-shocks.

    The Turkish government has announced a national state of emergency in the 10 provinces affected by the earthquakes: Kahramanmaraş, Gaziantep, Malatya, Diyarbakır, Kilis, Şanlıurfa, Adıyaman, Hatay, Osmaniye, Adana. Travel within these provinces is limited to aid teams assisting with the recovery response.

  4. 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.

  5. Polio is an infectious disease caused by a virus that can spread from person to person or through contaminated water or food. Many people who are infected don’t have symptoms, but a small proportion of those with symptoms develop paralysis. There is no cure, but it can be prevented through vaccination.

  6. The Ministry of Health is advising people travelling overseas to make sure they are fully immunised against measles before they go. If there is not enough time before you travel to complete the recommended two doses, having even one MMR vaccination before you leave New Zealand will substantially reduce your (or your child’s) risk of getting infected.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.

  7. 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.

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.