- Reviewed: 28 January 2021, 09:29 NZDT
- Still current at: 13 April 2021
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We currently advise that all New Zealanders do not travel overseas at this time due to the outbreak of COVID-19, associated health risks and widespread travel restrictions.
The global situation remains complex and rapidly changing. International travel can be complicated with fewer international flights available and disruptions to transit routes and hubs. Any destination could experience a sudden increase in cases of COVID-19 and a heightened risk to travellers of contracting the virus. Strict health measures and movement restrictions could be imposed suddenly. Should you decide to travel despite our advice, be prepared to remain overseas longer than you intended. You should also be aware that your travel insurance may not cover travel disruption or medical expenses.
Managed Isolation and Quarantine in New Zealand
All travellers to New Zealand must undertake 14 days of government-provided managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ). Detailed information about MIQ requirements in New Zealand can be found at www.miq.govt.nz.
Pre-departure testing requirements for travellers to New Zealand
All travellers to New Zealand (excluding those from Antarctica, Australia and most Pacific Islands) must show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result before departure. Detailed information about pre-departure testing requirements can be found on the Unite Against Covid-19 website here.
We recognise that some New Zealanders do continue to live and travel overseas. We continue to provide destination-specific advice about other safety and security risks below.View Larger Map Close/Open map
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Web Site http://www.mfat.govt.nz/saudi-arabia 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
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