Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 26 May 2017, 14:00 NZST
  • Still current at: 18 January 2018

Extreme Risk

There is extreme risk to your security in the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the surrounding military-occupied area due to political tension and the potential for armed conflict. We advise against all travel to this area.

Some Risk

There is some risk to your security elsewhere in Azerbaijan due to the potential for civil unrest and we advise caution. 

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Nagorno-Karabakh region (Extreme risk)
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. In April 2016, clashes between Azeri and Armenian military forces resulted in 100 deaths including a number of civilians. Landmines are also a hazard in the vicinity and along the border with Armenia.

New Zealanders intending to travel to the Nagorno-Karabakh region against our advice should note that the Government of Azerbaijan requires you to seek prior permission from an Azerbaijani Embassy. If you visit this area without obtaining the proper permission, 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.

Although violent crime against foreigners is rare, muggings after dark in the centre of Baku, near popular nightlife spots and in dimly lit areas, have been reported. 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.

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.

General Travel Advice
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, Turkey is accredited to Azerbaijan

Street Address Kizkulesi Sokak No.11, Gaziosmanpasa, Ankara , Turkey Telephone + 90 312 446 3333 Fax +90 312 446 3317 Email Web Site Hours Mon - Fri 0830 - 1700

See our regional advice for Central Asia

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Accredited New Zealand Embassy Turkey

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

Telephone: + 90 312 446 3333

Fax: +90 312 446 3317



Hours: Mon - Fri 0830 - 1700

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