Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 9 January 2020, 16:38 NZDT
  • Still current at: 29 February 2020

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Avoid non-essential travel

Avoid non-essential travel to the border area with Yemen due to the ongoing conflict.

Exercise normal safety and security precautions

Exercise normal safety and security precautions elsewhere in Oman.

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On 3 January 2020, an Iranian military commander and Iraqi paramilitary leaders were killed in a U.S. airstrike near Baghdad International Airport.

The security situation in the Middle East region is unpredictable and may become increasingly volatile.

Civil unrest
Demonstrations sometimes occur in Oman. Developments in the Middle East continue to have an impact on local public opinion. You should be aware of local sensitivities on these issues.

New Zealanders in Oman are advised to avoid all protests, demonstrations and large public gatherings as even those intended as peaceful have the potential to turn violent. We recommend monitoring events through local media and following instructions issued by the local authorities.

There is an underlying threat from terrorism in the Gulf region, including against Western interests. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. New Zealanders are advised to take particular care in public and commercial areas known to be frequented by Westerners or tourists. Always be aware of your surroundings, and maintain a high level of security awareness.

Piracy occurs in coastal waters and sometimes farther out at sea. Mariners are advised to take appropriate precautionary measures in these waters. Consider how regional tensions may affect your route. For more information view the International Maritime Bureau's piracy report.

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

You should carry a photocopy of your passport or another form of identification at all times.

Photography of government buildings or military establishments is prohibited - if in doubt, don’t take a picture.

Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe.

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

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

Travel tips

The New Zealand Embassy Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is accredited to Oman

Street Address Diplomatic Quarter, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Postal Address PO Box 94 397, Riyadh, 11693, Saudi Arabia Telephone +966 1 1 4887735 Fax +966 1 488 7912 Email Web Site Hours Sun - Thurs 0800 - 1200hrs, 1230 -1500hrs Note

The New Zealand Consulate Muscat, Oman

Postal Address Villa 2869, Way No. 2333, Madinat Al-Sultan Qaboos Street, near Abu Obaida Mosque, Muscat, Oman Telephone +968 24 694 692 Alternate Telephone +968 24 693 322 Fax +968 24 603 234

See our regional advice for the Middle East

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Accredited New Zealand Embassy Saudi Arabia

Street Address
Diplomatic Quarter, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Telephone: +966 1 1 4887735

Fax: +966 1 488 7912



Hours: Sun - Thurs 0800 - 1200hrs, 1230 -1500hrs

New Zealand Consulate Oman

Telephone: +968 24 694 692

Alternate Telephone: +968 24 693 322

Fax: +968 24 603 234



Hours: Sun - Thurs 0800 - 1200hrs, 1230 -1500hrs

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