Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 15 March 2017, 15:05 NZDT
  • Still current at: 18 July 2018

High Risk

There is high risk to your security in North Mitrovica and the northern municipalities of Leposavic, Zubin Potok and Zvecan due to politically-motivated violence and civil unrest.  We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to these areas.

Some Risk

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

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Civil unrest/Political tension
The security situation in Kosovo is currently calm but remains tense. In the past, violent incidents and unrest have occurred in several towns in northern Kosovo, including the northern part of the city of Mitrovica. There have also been a number of recent protests in central Pristina, some of which have turned violent.

New Zealanders in Kosovo are advised to maintain a high degree of personal security awareness at all times. We recommend you avoid all demonstrations, protests and rallies as they have the potential to turn violent with little warning.

New Zealanders are also advised to monitor local developments closely. Information on the security situation can be found on the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) website or the NATO led Kosovo Force (KFOR) website KFOR radio (96.6FM) also broadcasts security information.

Kosovo/Serbia border
The security situation along the Kosovo-Serbia border remains unpredictable. There have been security incidents in the past at the northern Kosovo border crossings, specifically Gates 1 and 31 in Jarinje and Brnjak. If travelling to Serbia you should find alternative routes.

Petty crime, including theft and bag-snatching is common. Foreigners or tourists, who are often assumed to carry cash, may be targeted in crowded areas. Exercise security awareness and guard your personal belongings carefully.

While clearance of unexploded landmines and munitions has proven effective in most parts of Kosovo, some mines and explosives remain along the borders with Albania, Serbia, in the Dulje Pass area in central Kosovo and in some rural areas. New Zealanders are advised to avoid all off-road travel and stay on clearly marked paths.

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

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

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