Anzac Day 2019: Gallipoli Commemorations

Source: New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Safe Travel

Anzac Day 2019: Gallipoli Commemorations

Anzac Day 2019 commemorations in Gallipoli, Turkey
On Anzac Day 2019, we will commemorate the Anzac landings in Gallipoli. This bulletin should be read in conjunction with our Turkey travel advisory.

Safety and security
The Anzac Day Service on the Gallipoli peninsula is a five hour drive from Istanbul. For this region of Turkey, we advise you to exercise increased caution.

There are a number of areas in south-east Turkey that we advise New Zealanders avoid non-essential travel to, and other areas that we advise New Zealanders do not travel to (along the Syrian border, and the city of Diyarbakir). See our Turkey advisory for more information.

We advise that New Zealanders exercise increased caution elsewhere in Turkey, including in Ankara, Istanbul and on the Gallipoli peninsula, due to the heightened threat of terrorism and the potential for civil unrest. For more information on these advice levels, see our Turkey advisory and our About our advisories page.

Terrorist attacks can take place anywhere and at any time in Turkey. Terrorist groups have conducted deadly attacks in Turkey and continue to threaten further attacks. New Zealanders throughout Turkey are advised to exercise a high degree of vigilance in public places, keep themselves informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media and other local information sources, and following the instructions of local authorities.

Be security conscious around buildings and sites associated with Turkish government and security forces, as well as landmarks and places known to be frequented by foreigners, such as embassies, tourist locations, shopping malls, entertainment areas, public transport, airports, places of worship and identifiably Western businesses. If you are in an area affected by an attack, you should leave the immediate vicinity as soon as it is safe to do so, follow any instructions given by local authorities and let your family know you are safe and well.

The security environment in Turkey may change between now and Anzac Day. We recommend that New Zealanders travelling to Turkey for the Anzac commemorations regularly monitor SafeTravel and our travel advice, which will be kept under close review in the lead up to the event. 

Attending the services
The 2019 Anzac Day commemorative services at Gallipoli will be held on Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 April. More information on the services, what to expect at Gallipoli and what to bring, can be found here.

New Zealanders attending the 2019 Anzac Day services at Gallipoli will require an attendance pass. This pass can be obtained by registering on the Overseas Commemorations Website.

Security and crowd management at the commemorations are the responsibility of local security staff. Attendees will be subject to airport-style screening at the entrances to sites, including bag searches. Follow the instructions of security staff at all times.

Local health authorities provide limited medical support at the commemorative sites. Support is mostly designed for medical emergencies. Bring your own first aid kit (e.g. sunscreen, band aids and paracetamol) as these are not provided.

Facilities designed for persons with disabilities or restricted mobility are not generally available in Turkey.  Before organising your trip, contact a travel agent, tour operator or the local tourist authority to find out whether local transport, accommodation and attractions will cater for your needs.

Before you go
All domestic and international passenger flights to and from Istanbul Ataturk Airport were transferred to the new Istanbul Airport as of 7 April 2019. For New Zealanders travelling to Turkey, we recommend that you check your flight details with your airline. See our news feature for more information.

All New Zealanders planning on attending the Gallipoli Anzac Day Commemorative Services are encouraged to:

  • Register your details on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s SafeTravel website so that you are made aware of any changes to our travel advice for Turkey and so that we can contact you and account for your well-being in the event of an emergency; and
  • Ensure you have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air. You also need to check which circumstances and activities are covered and not covered by your insurance policy, as limitations can apply.  Your travel insurer should have a 24/7 emergency number.

Consular assistance at Gallipoli 
Consular staff from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade will be in Turkey over the commemorative period to provide on-the-ground consular assistance required by New Zealanders attending the Gallipoli commemorations. For information on the kind of consular assistance the New Zealand Government can and cannot provide, check out the ‘When Things Go Wrong’ tab on the SafeTravel website.

Throughout this period, New Zealanders requiring consular assistance should contact +90 533 284 08 88.  

Emergency numbers:

  • Firefighting and rescue services: 110
  • Ambulance: 112
  • Criminal issues in major cities: 155 (English speakers not always available)
  • Criminal issues in rural areas: 156 (English speakers rarely available).

Foreigners may also contact the Tourist Police in Istanbul on +90 212 527 4503 during office hours.

Associated Advisories:

See the Turkey travel advisory

The New Zealand Embassy Ankara, Turkey

Street Address Kizkulesi Sokak No.11, Gaziosmanpasa, Ankara, Turkey 
Telephone + 90 312 446 3333 
Fax +90 312 446 3317 
Hours Mon – Fri 0830 – 1700

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Tropical Cyclone Idai

Source: New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Safe Travel

Tropical Cyclone Idai

On 15 March 2019, tropical cyclone Idai made landfall at the port city of Beira in Mozambique, causing flooding, high winds and mud slides which has left a trail of destruction in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe.


If you are in the affected area or areas potentially affected by the flooding and mudslides you should follow the advice of the local authorities at all times, exercise caution and monitor local media for any developments. Please also keep your family back in New Zealand informed of your well-being.


New Zealanders in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe requiring consular assistance can contact the New Zealand High Commission in South Africa on +27 12 435 9000 or via email at

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Advice for New Zealanders overseas

Source: New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Safe Travel

Advice for New Zealanders overseas

The terrorist attacks in Christchurch on 15 March, which were motivated by extreme right-wing ideology, have attracted global attention and strong international condemnation.  International reactions to those events are difficult to predict and may change at short notice.

New Zealanders travelling overseas should continue to use common sense, exercise caution and be vigilant. They should look out for and report suspicious behaviour, as they would in New Zealand.  New Zealanders should continue to monitor the media and other sources for information about possible new safety or security threats, and follow the advice of local authorities. New Zealanders should also continue to avoid demonstrations and protests, as they can turn violent.

New Zealanders seeking information about specific destinations should read our individual advisories, which are regularly reviewed.

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Are you a New Zealander living in the UK or travelling to the UK?

Source: New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Safe Travel

Are you a New Zealander living in the UK or travelling to the UK?

The United Kingdom (UK) is preparing to exit the European Union (EU) on 29 March 2019. We provide the following information for New Zealanders living in or travelling to the UK.

New Zealand citizens who plan to continue living in the UK after it leaves the EU can use the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website tool to seek guidance on visa status and rights to stay.  Further information can be found through the UK’s Department for Exiting the European Union: The UK Government has also published a range of technical notices, which provide advice on how various areas would be handled in the event of a “no deal” outcome.  We encourage you to read these notices, which can be found here.

Key points about Brexit that New Zealanders travelling to or living in the UK might like to know are:

Travelling to and between the UK and the EU
Your ability to travel should not be impacted by Brexit, however it is possible that a “no deal” Brexit may result in longer queues at UK and EU ports of entry.  You should check that your passport has at least six months’ validity prior to entering the UK or EU.  If you have concerns about upcoming travel, you should refer to your airline for details relating to flight information.

New Zealanders who are travelling or living overseas should always have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place. You should check with your travel insurance provider to make sure that your travel insurance policy will not be affected by Brexit.   

It is possible that some arrangements for EU travel will change after Brexit.  This is particularly relevant if you are a New Zealander who lives in the UK.  Before you travel, you should check if there have been any changes to (for example) your right to medical care in Europe, driver licence requirements within Europe and whether your licence will be sufficient, and your mobile phone bill and roaming charges in Europe.  Further information can be found here:

Living and working in the UK
The UK’s exit from the EU should not affect the visa arrangements, New Zealand has with the UK. The Youth Mobility Scheme visa will still be available to New Zealand citizens.

If you have specific visa enquiries, or you are concerned about an application for a visa to the UK being delayed, you should refer to the UK authorities.

The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade cannot provide definitive advice on the UK’s requirements for entry to or exit from the UK.  For this reason we recommend that travellers consult in advance with their travel agent, airline or with the UK authorities directly. 

If you have business interests in the UK, there is material available on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise websites below:

 Advice relating to the EU
For further specific advice relating to implications for issues such as travel, residency, education and employment in the EU, please see the European Commission’s Preparedness Notices:

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MIL-OSI New Zealand: Kazakhstan

Source: New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Safe Travel

  • Reviewed: 22 January 2019, 14:45 NZDT
  • Still current at: 22 January 2019

Exercise increased caution in Kazakhstan due to terrorism and violent crime.

There is an underlying threat of terrorism in Kazakhstan. On 18 July 2016, a gunman in Almaty killed three policemen and a member of the public. On 5 June 2016, a number of people were killed and injured in an attack in Aktobe in northwestern Kazakhstan. New Zealanders are advised to be security conscious in public places, monitor the media for information about threats to safety and security, and follow any advice and instructions issued by the local authorities.

Violent crime
Violent crime targeting foreigners has been reported in Atyrau and Aktau in western Kazakhstan, and in Astana and Almaty. New Zealanders in Kazakhstan should avoid walking alone and be especially cautious after dark in urban centres.

Robbery, pickpocketing and assaults can occur in shopping areas, markets, public transport, and restaurants. There have also been reports of travellers being robbed by individuals posing as police officers, or unsolicited ‘meet-and-greet’ drivers at airports. Never voluntarily give your wallet to someone, and always check for identification. Do not use unmarked taxis and avoid entering a cab that already has another passenger in the car. It is advisable to avoid wearing or displaying items that appear valuable such as mobile devices and jewellery.

General travel advice
Local police often ask to see proof of identity. Foreign nationals are required by Kazakhstan law to carry their passport and visa with them at all times.

New Zealanders travelling or living in Kazakhstan should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air. There are shortages of even the most basic medical supplies in Kazakhstan.

Travel tips

The New Zealand Embassy Moscow, Russian Federation is accredited to Kazakhstan

Street Address 3 Prechistenskaya Naberezhnaya, Moscow 119034, Russian Federation Telephone +7 495 956 3579 Alternate Telephone +7 495 956 3580 Fax +7 495 956 3583 Email Web Site Hours Mon – Fri 0900 – 1230, 1330 – 1730 hrs

See our regional advice for Central Asia

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MIL-OSI New Zealand: Jamaica

Source: New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Safe Travel

  • Reviewed: 18 January 2019, 14:40 NZDT
  • Still current at: 18 January 2019

Exercise increased caution in Jamaica due to violent crime.

Violent crime
Jamaica has a high rate of violent crime, particularly in around Kingston and Montego Bay. Much of this crime, which includes armed robbery, kidnapping and murder, is related to the presence of street gangs and organised criminal groups.

There is a particularly high incidence of crime in Kingston neighbourhoods such as West Kingston, Whiteford Town, Olympic Gardens, Payneland, Portmore, Whitfield Town, Grant’s Pen, Tivoli Gardens, Trench Town, Arnett Gardens, August Town, Harbour View, Denham Town, Hannah Town, Cassava Piece and Mountain View. Crime is also high in Spanish Town and certain parts of Montego Bay such as Flankers, Norwood, Canterbury, Mount Salem, Barett Town, Norwood, Glendevon, Rose Heights, Clavers Street and Hart Street. Police may impose curfews with short notice in areas where gang activity is a concern.

New Zealanders are advised to assure themselves their accommodation has appropriate security measures in place. Most hotels and resorts are well guarded and gated communities are considered the safest accommodation. You should maintain a high level of security awareness, even when staying with family or friends.

New Zealanders should be aware that attacks against tourists are often financially motivated. Exercise particular vigilance while withdrawing money from ATMs. Avoid using ATMs that look temporary in structure or location, and only use ATMs in well-lit public areas or inside banks. It is advisable to avoid wearing or displaying items that appear valuable, such jewellery and mobile devices. No resistance should be given if you are the victim of crime as this could lead to an escalation in violence. 

New Zealanders are advised to avoid walking alone or in isolated areas, including on beaches. Do not take buses at night and only use taxis approved by the Jamaica Union of Travellers’ Association (commonly known as ‘JUTA’). These taxis are authorised by the government and can be identified by their red license plates.

There have been outbreaks of violence on the Mountain View Avenue route from Kingston International Airport to the city. We advise New Zealanders travelling between the airport and the city use the alternative Humming Bird route along South Camp Road.

Petty crime such as bag snatching, passport theft and pickpocketing occurs in Jamaica and is common in tourist areas and in Kingston. We advise New Zealanders to be alert to their surroundings at all times and take steps to safeguard and secure their personal belongings. Extra care should be taken to ensure food and drink is never left unattended. Victims of spiked drinks have been robbed and sometimes assaulted.

State of emergency
The Government of Jamaica has declared a state of emergency in St James Parish (including Montego Bay), due to a significant increase in violent crime. There is an increased police and military presence in the area to stabilise the situation. If you are staying in the affected area, be extremely vigilant particularly at night, monitor local media and follow all instructions from local authorities.

Civil unrest
Demonstrations and protests occasionally occur in Jamaica. New Zealanders should avoid demonstrations as they have the potential to lead to violence and opportunistic crime. Be alert, take precautions to ensure your safety and comply with instructions from the relevant security authorities.

General travel advice
New Zealanders travelling or living in Jamaica should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.

New Zealanders travelling or resident in Jamaica are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Travel tips

The New Zealand High Commission Ottawa, Canada is accredited to Jamaica

Street Address 150 Elgin Street, Suite 1401 Ottawa Ontario K2P 1L4 Telephone +1 613 238 5991 Alternate Telephone +1 613 238 6097 Email Web Site Hours Mon – Fri 0830 – 1630 hrs

See our regional advice for the Caribbean

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MIL-OSI Australia: Head of the Office of the Pacific

Source: Australian Government – Minister of Foreign Affairs

Today I announce the appointment of Mr Ewen McDonald as the Head of the Office of the Pacific in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The establishment of the Office and Mr McDonald’s appointment reflect the Australian Government’s commitment to take our engagement with the Pacific to a new level. This will build on our already deep relationship with the region and support the delivery of the Australian Government’s package of innovative new initiatives in the Pacific, including labour mobility and infrastructure financing.

Mr McDonald will coordinate and support the Australian Government effort to build stronger relationships with Pacific leaders, governments and people, as well as with regional organisations and institutions. He will engage actively with our Pacific Island partners to ensure Australia’s development assistance is delivering on our shared priorities.

Our focus is on durable investments in the region’s long-term prosperity and security. These will build on the goals we outlined in the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper.

Australia’s extensive business engagement with the Pacific is a driver of prosperity for Australia and our neighbours. Building on our existing strong collaboration with business, Mr McDonald will seek out new opportunities and avenues for commercial cooperation, as well as improved leveraging of commercial funds.

Mr McDonald is a senior officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. As our current High Commissioner to New Zealand, with accreditation to the Cook Islands and Niue, Mr McDonald brings to the role his direct experience working on the current issues of our region.

He has extensive experience working with Pacific colleagues on foreign policy, development and humanitarian issues. He has worked hard to advocate for Pacific voices in international bodies including the UN.

Prior to his most recent role, he was Deputy Secretary in the Department with oversight of the Australian aid program, and UN work, with a particular focus on the Pacific. He has also held the position of Deputy Director General, AusAID and other senior positions across Government.

Media enquiries

  • Minister’s office: (02) 6277 7500
  • DFAT Media Liaison: (02) 6261 1555

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