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Reviewed: 29 September 2009, 15:45 NZDT
Still current at: 23 May 2013
There is high risk to your security in North Mitrovica and the northern municipalities of Leposavic, Zubin Potok and Zvecan and we advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to these regions. Politically-motivated violence and civil unrest presents a risk to security in these areas.
There is some risk to your security elsewhere in Kosovo due to civil unrest and we advise caution.
Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in February 2008. The security situation is currently calm but has the potential to deteriorate. New Zealanders in Kosovo are advised to maintain a high degree of personal security awareness at all times. We recommend you avoid all demonstrations, protests and rallies as they have the potential to turn violent with little warning.
New Zealanders are advised to monitor local developments closely. Information on the security situation can be found on the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) website www.unmikonline.org [external website] or the NATO led Kosovo Force (KFOR) website www.nato.int/kfor [external website]. KFOR radio (96.6FM) also broadcasts security information.
Unexploded land mines and munitions remain along the Albania-Kosovo border and in rural areas. New Zealanders should avoid all off-road travel and stay on clearly marked paths.
New Zealanders travelling or living in Kosovo should have comprehensive medical and travel insurance policies in place that include provision for medical evacuation by air.
New Zealanders travelling or living in Kosovo are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.