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Reviewed: 25 October 2013, 10:55 NZDT
Still current at: 06 December 2013
There is high risk to your security in the areas bordering Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan (including the city of Andijan), due to the uncertain security situation and landmines. We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to these areas.
The security situation in the areas bordering Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan is unstable. In addition to the risk of armed conflict between government forces and local groups, there is a risk from landmines. Landmines are also found in the border region with Afghanistan.
There is some risk to your security elsewhere in Uzbekistan due to the threat from terrorism and violent crime and we advise caution.
Terror attacks have been conducted in Uzbekistan, against targets which include rail infrastructure, Uzbek security forces and US and Israeli diplomatic missions. 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.
Levels of violent crime are increasing in Uzbekistan. New Zealanders in Uzbekistan should avoid walking alone and be especially cautious after dark in urban centres. It is advisable to avoid wearing or displaying items that appear valuable i.e mobile phones, jewellery and cameras.
There is a risk of civil unrest throughout Uzbekistan but particularly in Andijan and the Ferghana Valley. New Zealanders are advised to avoid all demonstrations, protests and rallies in Uzbekistan as they have the potential to turn violent.
General travel advice
Local police often ask to see proof of identity. We recommend you carry a photocopy of the biodata page of your passport and a copy of your Uzbekistan visa and registration slip at all times.
New Zealanders in Uzbekistan should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.
New Zealand citizens travelling or resident in Uzbekistan are encouraged to register with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
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