Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 9 January 2023, 09:28 NZDT
  • Still current at: 26 February 2024

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COVID-19

If you are planning international travel at this time, please read our COVID-19 related travel advice here, alongside our destination specific travel advice below.

Do not travel

Do not travel within 5km of the border with Armenia or to the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the surrounding military-occupied area due to political tension and the potential for armed conflict (level 4 of 4).

Exercise increased caution

Exercise increased caution elsewhere in Azerbaijan due to the unpredictable security situation and ongoing tension along the border between Azerbaijan and Armenia (level 2 of 4).

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Azerbaijan

Nagorno-Karabakh region
This area is subject to an ongoing dispute between Azerbaijan and Armenia. A ceasefire is in place, however there are regular violations which in the past have resulted in a number of deaths and injuries, including in 2022. The border with Armenia may be closed to travellers at short notice. Landmines are also a hazard in the vicinity and along the border with Armenia.

It is a criminal offence if you visit this region without obtaining the proper permission, and you will be denied future re-entry into Azerbaijan.

Civil Unrest
Demonstrations occur from time to time in Azerbaijan, mainly in Baku. We recommend you avoid all demonstrations and large political gatherings as even those intended to be peaceful have the potential to turn violent. Police may use force to suppress demonstrations.

Crime
Although violent crime against foreigners is rare, muggings home burglaries and assault have occurred after dark in the centre of Baku, near popular nightlife spots and in dimly lit areas. Drink and food spiking has occurred in bars and nightclubs in Baku. New Zealanders are advised to pay attention to their personal security and exercise caution, particularly at night. This includes guarding personal belongings carefully and avoiding walking alone at night. Petty crime, such as pickpocketing can happen in crowded places, particularly at outdoor markets and on public transport.  Criminals have also been known to pose as police officers or uniformed officials to harass and extort money from tourists.

Terrorism
There is an underlying threat of terrorism in Azerbaijan. Although any attack is unlikely to be directed against foreigners, New Zealanders could be caught up in an indiscriminate attack. 

We recommend following any instructions issued by the local authorities and exercising vigilance in public spaces. 

General Travel Advice
New Zealanders are advised to respect religious, social, and cultural traditions in Azerbaijan to avoid offending local sensitivities. Modesty and discretion should be exercised in both dress and behaviour, in particular outside of Baku.

It is a legal requirement to carry a form of identification with you at all times. Failure to produce them could result in a fine or arrest.

Photography of government offices, airports, military establishments or officials is prohibited, and could result in detention. If in doubt, don’t take a picture.

New Zealanders travelling or living in Azerbaijan should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.

New Zealanders in Azerbaijan are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


The New Zealand Embassy Ankara, Türkiye is accredited to Azerbaijan

Street Address Kizkulesi Sokak No.11, Gaziosmanpasa, Ankara , Türkiye Telephone + 90 312 446 3333 Fax +90 312 446 3317 Email newzealandembassyankara@gmail.com Web Site https://www.mfat.govt.nz/en/countries-and-regions/middle-east/turkey/new-zealand-embassy-to-turkey/ Hours Mon - Fri 0830 - 1700

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Accredited New Zealand Embassy Türkiye

Street Address
Kizkulesi Sokak No.11, Gaziosmanpasa, Ankara , Türkiye

Telephone: + 90 312 446 3333

Fax: +90 312 446 3317

Email: newzealandembassyankara@gmail.com

Website: https://www.mfat.govt.nz/en/countries-and-regions/middle-east/turkey/new-zealand-embassy-to-turkey/

Hours: Mon - Fri 0830 - 1700

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