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Reviewed: 31 October 2013, 11:10 NZDT
Still current at: 05 December 2013
There is high risk to your security in the Ferghana Valley and areas bordering Uzbekistan and Tajikistan due to the threat of cross border conflict and landmines. We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to these areas.
There is some risk to your security elsewhere in Kyrgyzstan. We advise caution.
Tensions exist over recognition of the Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan- Tajikistan borders. In the past this has led to limited scale conflict along these borders and in the Ferghana Valley.
Landmines are present along Kyrgyzstan’s borders with Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. We recommend you only use officially recognised border crossings if entering Uzbekistan and Tajikistan by land.
Demonstrations occur from time to time in Kyrgyzstan, particularly in the capital and in the vicinity of the Kumtor gold mine. New Zealanders in Kyrgyzstan should avoid any demonstrations, political rallies and large public gatherings as they have the potential to turn violent.
There is an threat from terrorism in Kyrgyzstan, particularly in the south and south-west where security forces have clashed with militants. New Zealanders in Kyrgyzstan are advised to be security conscious at all times, particularly in public areas.
Violent crime (including robbery and mugging) is increasing and foreigners are often targeted due to their perceived wealth. We recommend you avoid travelling alone and at night, and only use official taxis.
General Travel Advice
New Zealanders travelling or living in Kyrgyzstan should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.
New Zealanders in Kyrgyzstan are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
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