Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 25 August 2016, 12:34 NZST
  • Still current at: 25 November 2017

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High Risk

There is high risk to your security in the border area with Yemen due to the ongoing conflict and we advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel.

Some Risk

There is some risk to your security in Oman due to the potential for civil unrest and an underlying threat from terrorism and we advise caution. 

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Civil unrest
Demonstrations sometimes occur in Oman, mainly in response to socio-economic conditions and developments in the Middle East.  

New Zealanders throughout 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 adhering to any instructions issued by the local authorities. 

Terrorism
There is an underlying threat from terrorism in Oman. Terrorists continue to issue statements threatening to carry out attacks in the Gulf region, including against Western interests. New Zealanders are advised to take particular care in public and commercial areas known to be frequented by Western expatriates or travellers. 

Piracy
Piracy is a significant threat in the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. Mariners are advised to take appropriate precautionary measures in these waters. For more information view the International Maritime Bureau's piracy report

Travellers entering the Gulf area by sea should be aware that many areas of the Gulf are highly sensitive, including near maritime boundaries and the islands of Abu Musa and the Tunbs in the Southern Gulf. Some vessels have been inspected and travellers detained. Mariners in particular should make careful enquiries before considering entering these waters.  

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. 

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 nzembassyksa@gmail.com Web Site http://www.mfat.govt.nz/saudi-arabia Hours Sun - Thurs 0800 - 1200hrs, 1230 -1500hrs

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

Email: nzembassyksa@gmail.com

Website: http://www.mfat.govt.nz/saudi-arabia

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

Email: nzembassyksa@gmail.com

Website: http://www.mfat.govt.nz/saudi-arabia

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

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