Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 29 August 2016, 15:25 NZST
  • Still current at: 25 November 2017

High Risk

There is high risk to your security in the Ferghana Valley and areas bordering Uzbekistan and Tajikistan due to the uncertain security situation and the presence of landmines. We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to these areas. 

Some Risk

There is some risk to your security elsewhere in Kyrgyzstan due to violent crime, terrorism and the potential for civil unrest and we advise caution. 

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Border Areas
Tensions exist over recognition of the Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan borders. In the past there have been occasional clashes along the borders involving exchange of gunfire. 

Landmines are present along Kyrgyzstan’s borders with Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. We recommend you only use officially recognised border crossings if entering Uzbekistan and Tajikistan by land. Border crossings are often closed at short notice. 

Civil Unrest
Although the situation is currently stable, political and ethnic tensions continue to exist in Kyrgyzstan, especially in the south and south-west of the country, and there is the potential for civil unrest. 

Demonstrations occur from time to time, particularly in the capital Bishkek. New Zealanders in Kyrgyzstan should avoid any demonstrations, political rallies and large public gatherings as they have the potential to turn violent. 

Terrorism
There is a threat from terrorism in Kyrgyzstan. New Zealanders in Kyrgyzstan are advised to be security-conscious in public places and areas frequented by foreigners, monitor the media for information about potential threats to safety and security, and follow any advice and instructions issued by the local authorities. 

Crime
Violent crime, including robbery and mugging occurs, including near hotels, on public transport and other places frequented by foreigners. Foreigners have been targeted due to their perceived wealth and it is advisable to avoid wearing or displaying items that appear valuable such as mobile devices and jewellery. 

There have also been reports of travellers being robbed by individuals posing as police officers and ‘meet and greet’ drivers at airports. We recommend you avoid travelling alone and at night, and only use official taxis. 

General Travel Advice
Local police often ask to see proof of identity.  We recommend you carry a photocopy of your passport at all times. 

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

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

Travel tips


The New Zealand Embassy Moscow, Russian Federation is accredited to Kyrgyzstan

Street Address 3 Prechistenskaya Naberezhnaya, Moscow 119034, Russian Federation Telephone +7 495 956 3579 Alternate Telephone +7 495 956 3580 Fax +7 495 956 3583 Email nzembmoscow@mft.net.nz Web Site http://www.mfat.govt.nz/russia Hours Mon - Fri 0900 - 1230, 1330 - 1730 hrs

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Accredited New Zealand Embassy Russian Federation

Street Address
3 Prechistenskaya Naberezhnaya, Moscow 119034, Russian Federation

Telephone: +7 495 956 3579

Alternate Telephone: +7 495 956 3580

Fax: +7 495 956 3583

Email: nzembmoscow@mft.net.nz

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

Hours: Mon - Fri 0900 - 1230, 1330 - 1730 hrs

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