Register your overseas travel and/or residential details here.
Reviewed: 29 November 2011, 11.00 NZDT
Still current at: 19 May 2013
There is some risk to your security in Qatar due to the threat from terrorism and we advise caution.
Terrorists continue to issue statements threatening to carry out attacks in the Gulf region. These include references to attacks on western interests, including residential compounds, military, oil, transport and aviation interests.
New Zealanders in Qatar are advised to maintain a high level of security awareness, particularly in public and commercial areas known to be frequented by Western expatriates or travellers.
Political developments in Qatar and the region could trigger demonstrations and protests. New Zealanders in Qatar are advised to avoid any protests and demonstrations as even those intended as peaceful have the potential to turn violent.
Travellers entering the Gulf area by sea should be aware that many areas of the Gulf are highly sensitive, including near maritime boundaries and the islands of Abu Musa and the Tunbs in the southern Gulf. Vessels entering these areas have been detained and inspected. Mariners are advised to make thorough enquiries with local authorities before entering these waters or considering port stop-overs.
General travel advice
New Zealanders are advised to respect religious and social traditions in Qatar to avoid offending local sensitivities. Modesty and discretion should be exercised in both dress and behaviour.
During the holy month of Ramadan, New Zealanders travelling to Muslim countries including Qatar should show respect and pay attention to religious and cultural sensitivities. New Zealanders should refrain from eating, drinking or smoking in public view during the daytime.
New Zealanders travelling or living in Qatar should have comprehensive medical and travel insurance policies in place.
New Zealanders in Qatar are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Contact details are
Postal Address Diplomatic Quarter (PO Box 94 397) Riyadh, 11693, Saudi Arabia
Telephone +966 1 488 7988 Facsimile +966 1 488 7912
Office Hours Sat - Wed 0800-1200hrs, 1230-1500hrs