Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 27 February 2017, 10:06 NZDT
  • Still current at: 25 September 2017

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Extreme Risk

There is extreme risk to your security in the border areas with Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq due to the threat of terrorism and violent crime.  We advise against all travel within 100km of the entire Iran/Afghanistan border; within 10km of the Iraq border and east of the line running from Bam to Jask close to the Pakistan border. 

Some Risk

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

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Civil Unrest
Protests and demostrations occur frequently in Iran. Political developments and tensions in the region, international events, remaining sanctions against Iran, and political tension in Iran itself all have the potential to trigger demonstrations and result in civil unrest. Protests against some Western and Middle East embassies and UN missions in Iran occur frequently.

New Zealanders in Iran are advised to avoid all demonstrations, rallies and large public gatherings as they could turn violent with little warning. Keep a low profile and monitor both local and international media to stay informed of developments that may have the potential to impact on your security. You should leave any areas where police or security forces are deployed as your presence alone could be misinterpreted, leading to your arrest and detention. Do not watch or photograph demonstrations, military and government facilities or security personnel, as this could lead to your detention. As military and government installations are often difficult to identify, camera use is best avoided outside well-known tourist locations.

Terrorism
Due to the threat of terrorism, New Zealanders are advised to be security conscious at all times, exercising particular care in public and commercial areas. In recent years, there have been a number of small-scale attacks and bombings in the south-eastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan, usually targeting police, security forces and religious sites.

On 7 June 2017, two terrorist attacks targeting the Iranian Parliament building and the Mausoleum of Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran, killed 17 people and injured 43 others.

Border areas/Local travel
The Iranian authorities regard border areas as particularly sensitive. New Zealanders in Iran should be aware of and adhere to any travel restrictions for sensitive areas of Iran and care should be taken not to inadvertently cross any borders. You should carry a photocopy of your passport identification page at all times.

Many areas of the Caspian Sea and Gulf are also highly sensitive. The waters around the islands of Abu Musa and Tunbs in the southern Gulf are particularly sensitive and militarily patrolled. Foreign nationals have been detained for entering waters near these islands.

General travel advice
New Zealanders are advised to respect religious and social traditions in Iran to avoid offending local sensitivities. Modesty and discretion should be exercised in both dress and behaviour.

Travellers often have difficulties accessing funds in Iran. It is very rare for credit cards to be accepted in Iran because of financial sanctions. The availability of ATMs and money transfer services are extremely limited. Travellers are advised to carry sufficient cash on them, in the form of US dollars or Euros, to meet the needs of their travel for the duration of their stay in Iran.

Dual nationality is not recognised in Iran and it is highly unlikely the New Zealand Government will be allowed to provide consular assistance to dual national New Zealand/Iranian citizens. 

Travellers who intend on entering neighbouring countries by land should be aware of possible taxes, import charges or levies at these borders. Some countries also have minimum money entry requirements – travellers may need to prove they have sufficient funds to support themselves. You should check requirements with the Embassy or Consulate of the country to plan to visit.  

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

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

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The New Zealand Embassy Tehran, Iran

Street Address No 1, Second Park Alley, Sousan Street, North Golestan Complex, Aghdasiyeh Street, Niavaran, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran Telephone (+98 21) 2612 2175 Alternate Telephone 0044 207 6601157 (via London) Fax (+98 21) 2612 1973 and 0044 207 6601158 (via London) Email nzembassytehran@hotmail.co.nz Web Site http://www.mfat.govt.nz/iran Hours Sun-Thurs 0830-1230, 1300-1500. Note Visa enquiries will only be responded to between 1000-1230

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New Zealand Embassy Iran

Street Address
No 1, Second Park Alley, Sousan Street, North Golestan Complex, Aghdasiyeh Street, Niavaran, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran

Telephone: (+98 21) 2612 2175

Alternate Telephone: 0044 207 6601157 (via London)

Fax: (+98 21) 2612 1973 and 0044 207 6601158 (via London)

Email: nzembassytehran@hotmail.co.nz

Website: http://www.mfat.govt.nz/iran

Hours: Sun-Thurs 0830-1230, 1300-1500.

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