SafeTravel is the official source of travel advice for New Zealanders, with advisories for specific destinations. Checking SafeTravel helps you avoid travel blackspots.
On SafeTravel you can also register your details and travel plans. If a crisis occurs overseas, MFAT will contact New Zealanders who have enrolled to check on their safety and well-being.
We also recommend you take out travel insurance. If you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel.
While you are overseas, make sure you respect cultural norms and obey local laws.
SafeTravel (external link) is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade website designed for New Zealanders who are travelling or living overseas. You will find:
- traveller’s checklist (external link) to help you plan your journey
- news features (external link)
- travel advisories (external link) for specific destinations, with up-to-date information on security risks
- registration facility (external link) where you can log your travel plans in case you need to be contacted in an emergency
- when things go wrong (external link) - information that may assist you.
Earthquakes and typhoons are frequent occurrences in Taiwan. We advise all New Zealanders to take appropriate precautions. As Taiwan is located on a major fault line, earthquakes are fairly common. As earthquakes have the potential to cause major disruptions in Taiwan, it is important to be prepared. We encourage all New Zealanders in Taiwan to have an adequate supply of bottled water, batteries and canned food. Torches and a first aid kit are also important. Information on the severity of an earthquake will be broadcast on ICRT (100.7 FM) and will also be available from the Taiwan Central Weather Bureau (external link).
Taiwan’s typhoon season usually runs from April to November.
If there is a disaster in Taiwan, the NZCIO will make contact with all New Zealanders registered with the office to ascertain their safety. We therefore encourage all New Zealanders in Taiwan to register with us using the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Safe Travel registration facility (external link).